Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Filipino children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Compassion's work in the Philippines began in 1972. Currently, more than 70,700 children participate in more than 340 child development centers.
Population: 87,8 millions
Life expectancy: Male 67 years, Female 72 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 2,3%
People with HIV/AIDS: 9.000
Drinking water sources: 86%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 83%
Literacy rate: Male 84%, Female 82%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 40%
Compassion began its ministry in the Philippines in 1972 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.
At the center children are given a meal (lunch) and snacks. A meal usually consists of fish or meat, vegetables and rice. Snacks could include bread, soup or another local delicacy.
Typical extracurricular activities include camps, sporting events, field trips and talent shows. The older children participate in these activities approximately twice a month, more often than the younger children. Vocational training and income-generating skills training are also part of the regular program activities at the child development center.