Philippines Children

Emergency Alert: Save the Children is closely monitoring the situation in the Philippines and stands ready to respond to the unmet needs of children and families as Tropical Storm Nock-ten, also known as Typhoon Nina, prepares to make landfall.

About the Philippines

The Philippines is a hot spot for natural disasters that include tropical storms and active volcanoes. Throughout history of Philippines, poverty has been a major obstacle to children reaching their full potential. Girls and boys frequently miss out on education due to child labor and lack of access to schools and their families cannot afford healthy meals every day.

Facts About

More than 100 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 11 years

29 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $9 a day

Our Work

Save the Children has a long history of responding to natural disasters in the Philippines. We remain in the Philippines helping vulnerable children still recovering from Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left a massive path of destruction in its wake. Save the Children deployed emergency responders to hard hit areas in the Philippines and continues comprehensive rebuilding efforts. Learn More

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 80,456
from harm

supported 498,755
in times of crisis

provided 316,341 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 32,781 families
feed their children

gave 36,449 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 1981, Save the Children in the Philippines has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. We nurture healthy moms and healthy babies by providing access to high-impact, low-cost care, working to stop preventable death in both mother and child. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in the Philippines continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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