Help Children in the Philippines

The Philippines is prone to deadly natural disasters, having suffered through Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and Typhoon Hagupit in 2014 among others. What’s more, widespread poverty is 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.

The Challenges for Children in the Philippines

Living in poverty, with the constant fear of natural disasters, children of the Philippines need your help.*

  • 22% of people live in poverty
  • 27 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 6% of school-age children are out of school
  • 11% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 97% of girls 15 and older are illiterate
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Our Work for Children in the Philippines

Save the Children has a long history of responding to natural disasters in the Philippines. After Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left a massive path of destruction, we were among the first on the ground providing emergency relief. After the water subsided, we remained, supporting the rebuilding of homes and livelihoods of over 1 million people, including 826,000 children.

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 deaths in mothers and children. 

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.

  • Protected 16,082 children from harm
  • Supported 17,032 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 393,164 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 11,492 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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