With over 17 million inhabitants, Manila keeps on growing. The city is the capital of the Philippines and one of the most spread out […]
Sponsored children: 70 of 86
Despite an increase in growth the past few years, the Philippines is experiencing an even larger divide between the rich and the poor, mass migration from rural areas to large cities (Manila, Cebu, etc.) and mass unemployment rates, the highest in the region of Southeast Asia.
Children of the Mekong’s sponsorship programme supports street children, those who live in shantytowns as well as those living in rural and isolated areas. Many partnerships have been forged at a grassroots level with both religious and secular Filipino and French non-profit communities.
In rural areas which are often affected by typhoons and other natural disasters, the sponsorship programme is the best way of helping families through hard times and curb migration to the shantytowns.
Over the years, Children of the Mekong has built educational centres and foster homes for students in the archipelago. An educational centre is a place where students can take courses and additional lessons of all kinds that address the whole person’s development. Whereas a foster home is somewhere the students can live while in a community while completed a training course. Children of the Mekong manages 4 education centres for students at the moment (Cebu, Butuan, Tuguegarao, and Dumaguete).
Children of the Mekong also helps in emergencies, for example during the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in 2013, (when more than 1,000 houses and over 10 schools had to be rebuilt.)
The COVID crisis had hit us all in different ways, financial distress, loneliness, grief… The shantytowns of Manila are suffering because of the implications […]
We wind down from our virtual trip to the Philippines by looking back on the testimonies from scholars who live in our Education Centres.
Children of the Mekong runs 11 education centres across Southeast Asia, 4 of which are located in the Philippines: in Butuan, Cebu City, Dumaguete […]
We will take you on a tour to discover the city of Dumaguete, where Children of the Mekong’s education centre nests, and the inspiring […]
Children of the Mekong’s programmes start in the Philippines