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Sponsorship for children in the Philippines

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The Republic of the Philippines consists of a Southeast Asian archipelago with active volcanoes. It comprises 7,500 islands, of which around 2,000 are inhabited. Corruption, high unemployment, increasing urbanization and environmental degradation are among the major challenges facing the country. Plan International advocates, among other things, the opportunities for children and disaster risk reduction. You too can help the children in the country with your donation.

Our engagement in the Philippines

Our country strategy forms the framework for constant and continuous program work. It is created over a period of several years and uses various resources to improve the living conditions and future prospects of children in need and their families. We developed the country strategy together with girls and boys, families, local groups and initiatives as well as members of the local government.

  • Program work since 1961
  • Almost 38,000 sponsored children in 2017
  • Main focus of work: education, health, hygiene, child protection, participation of children, disaster risk reduction

Take on sponsorship

  • Your help gets a face.
  • With only 28 € per month you can support your sponsored child and his entire community
  • You can write letters to your sponsored child and visit them.
  • Every year you will receive current photos and information from your sponsored child.
  • Your sponsorship can be terminated at any time and tax deductible.

Donate for the Philippines

  • Help in a targeted and simple manner in the Philippines
  • Support your heart's theme: stop child trafficking
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How does a child sponsorship help in the Philippines?

In 2017, Plan International's work reached almost 38,000 sponsored children and their families. In our predominantly rural program areas, 40 percent of the people are poorer than the national average.

We at Plan International help children in the Philippines exercising their right to education. We focus on disadvantaged children, such as girls and boys from indigenous peoples, those from particularly poor families and street children. We are active in both urban slums and rural areas. Another focus of our children's aid organization is to support the communities in improving the health system and securing income. We also help children grow up non-violent and make themselves heard in society.

Reane - a sponsored child in the Philippines tells us

Current programs: Help in the Philippines

By adopting a child sponsorship, you support our projects in the Philippines. In the following summaries you can get an impression of our work on site and convince yourself of our projects.

We support the communities in taking precautionary measures and developing protective mechanisms in order to minimize the risks in the communities and to be as prepared as possible for impending dangers. We also develop specific emergency plans for various disaster and crisis scenarios. These include in particular the effects of climate change. The children are actively involved and contribute their ideas, wishes and views. We are targeting schools. We want to make schools a place of safety. To this end, we support them in developing appropriate strategies and are committed to ensuring that disaster protection and non-violent conflict resolution are also included in the classroom.

Through community-based savings groups, we enable families to build up financial reserves. In this way, they can deal better with challenging situations and are economically strengthened. In the event of an acute disaster, we provide immediate aid and focus on protection against violence and abuse as well as on children's education and psychosocial care. We coordinate the measures with the local authorities and work with government agencies to further develop and optimize state disaster control.

Our goal is to provide young people with education and the necessary skills so that they can graduate from school and have good chances on the job market. One focus of our work is on the transition from school to work. Particularly disadvantaged children who do not go to school, we provide suitable educational offers to enable them to successfully graduate from school. By working closely with government agencies and other institutions, we ensure that further financial means and resources are made available for improving the educational situation of marginalized children and young people. We strengthen the skills of young people through targeted training so that they have the prerequisites to successfully take part in our professional qualification measures.

Alternatively, together with young people, we develop perspectives for economic independence, for example in trade, craft or agriculture. Important core competencies in this context are, for example, basic economic knowledge, dealing with money or improved communication skills. But we also impart important knowledge on more general life-related issues such as sexual and reproductive health and rights. When implementing our approach to the economic strengthening of young people, we work together with authorities, various educational institutions and local companies in order to adapt the measures to the requirements of the economy and the labor market.

As part of our program, we are particularly committed to helping children who are chronically malnourished. Our main focus is on the phase from the beginning of pregnancy to the end of the second year of life. We use wide-ranging campaigns to explain how important it is to fully breastfeed children in the first six months of life and how to switch to age-appropriate complementary food. We support families in growing their own vegetables and fruit so that they are able to independently improve their nutritional situation.

Together with authorities, we are working to ensure that state programs for the supply of nutritional supplements for children and mothers and for the improvement of health care for small children as well as community-based support services for acutely malnourished children are implemented and followed up in the project areas. We are also specifically committed to better qualifying medical staff in order to strengthen the local health system even in remote communities. After all, we are consistently pursuing our goal of equipping all households with a latrine and improving the drinking water supply. Through hygiene training, we teach children and adults alike simple and important standards, such as regular hand washing.

The program aims to eradicate all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation that negatively impact child development and is closely linked to our efforts to reduce the risks associated with natural disasters, climate change and crisis situations. We continue to work on installing child protection mechanisms in the communities. We also achieve this through close cooperation with the local authorities. By networking the protection of children at different levels, we increase effectiveness.

We are also committed to ensuring that child protection is anchored even more firmly in legislation and that existing laws are implemented. We educate parents, teachers and community boards about child protection issues so that violations can be identified, reported and followed up. Finally, we develop innovative child protection concepts to counter prostitution, organized online pornography and sexual violence against boys and girls.

The Philippines at a glance

The Philippines are an island nation in Southeast Asia. The Philippine archipelago comprises around 7,500 islands, of which around 2000 are inhabited. The three main island groups are Luzon in the north, Mindanao in the south and the Visayas island group in between. Many of the smaller islands are very remote and difficult to get to. More than 65 percent of the country is mountainous. There are narrow and extensive plains along the coast. The region has high volcanic activity and earthquakes and tropical storms are also frequent. The population is very young and around 15 percent of the population are among the 110 ethnic minorities that mainly live in Mindanao. Many people move from the countryside to the cities, where almost 50 percent of the population already lives. The increasing settlement pressure poses major ecological challenges for the country.

Residents106.70 million (Germany [D]: 82.70 million)
Life expectancy71 years (D: 81 years)
Child mortality *28 per 1,000 (D: 4 per 1,000)
GNI per capita **9,540 USD (D: 47,640 US $)
Literacy rate ***Women 99%, men 97%
Land area300,000 km², (Germany: 357,050 km²)
National languagesFilipino, English
religionChristianity (approx. 95%), Islam

The history of the country

In the middle of the 16th century, the Spaniards colonized the country. As a result, the Philippines was Christianized. Only in a few regions did the population maintain their faith, especially in Mindanao, where Islam is still widespread and animistic religions are also practiced today. Demand for social equality and political independence led to the Philippine Revolution in 1896. But it wasn't until after World War II that the Philippines became independent. Between 1972 and 1987 Ferdinand E. Marcos established a dictatorship. Although elections were subsequently held, the situation in the country remained unstable. Various social conflicts, corruption, violence and civil war shape everyday life to this day.

The situation in the Philippines today

Although the Philippine economy has developed positively in recent years and the government is further intensifying its socio-political efforts, around a quarter of the people still live in poverty. The high unemployment rate is a major problem, especially for adolescents and young adults. Rodrigo Duterte has been the country's president since 2016. In the course of the anti-drug campaign, the human rights situation has deteriorated significantly.

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