Philippines

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Kamusta / Hello from the Philippines

Language: Filipino

Made up of 7,000 tropical islands, the Philippines is called paradise by its visitors. Residents know it is also home to natural disasters and social problems. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Philippines Stats

POPULATION: 108,106,310
80.6% Catholic
8.2% Protestant
5.6% Muslim

94,362
CHILDREN SERVED

371
CHURCHES SERVING

47
YEARS SERVING THE PHILIPPINES

A girl smiles and waves while standing on a dirt path

A girl smiles and waves while standing on a dirt path.

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A mother holds her baby

A mother holds her baby.

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Kids sitting outside in chairs

After a flood in the Philippines, children sit and wait to receive relief goods.

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Children smile, laugh and play together in a classroom at their child development center

Children smile, laugh and play together in a classroom at their child development center.

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A boy walks near a cemetery

A boy walks down the street surrounded by cemetery walls.

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A group of children sing and worship together

A group of children sing and worship together.

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A girl sits on a rooftop reading

A teenage girl sits on the roof while reading a book.

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A group of girls play jump rope at their child development center

A group of girls play jump rope at their child development center.

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Students walk towards a church

Teenagers walk down the road outside their child development center.

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Children all laughing a playing a game

A group of children play a traditional game together in their community.

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COMPASSION IN THE PHILIPPINES

When do children visit the Compassion center?

  • Children ages 3 to 5 years old go to the center for 8 hours on Saturdays, or four hours a day, two days a week.
  • If a child is age 6 to 11, he or she goes for 6 hours every Saturday.
  • Students 12 to 18 attend for four hours on the weekend, while those 19 and older go six hours each weekend.

PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE IN THE PHILIPPINES

Issue: Children in the Philippines are abused and exploited at an alarming rate. It’s hard to know exactly how many children experience violence, but we do know that millions are in need of protection.

Response: Each registered child is known by a Compassion staff member who has been trained to identify warning signs of abuse. If a child is at risk, Compassion intervenes quickly to ensure that each child knows she is known, loved and protected.

Prayer Point: Pray for the Compassion staff who protect these precious children — that God will give them wisdom and courage as they safeguard each child.

Three children smile while looking out a window in their home.

Frontline church partners provide a safe place for children and help protect them from exploitation and abuse.

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Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in the Philippines.

Did You Know?

The national dance of the Philippines is the Tinikling. Barefoot dancers imitate the movement of birds as they step quickly over and between bamboo poles.

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Philippines Fast Facts

Official Name: Republic of the Philippines

Form of Government: Presidential republic

Capital: Manila

Population: 108,106,310

Official Languages: Filipino (based on Tagalog), English

Currency: Philippine peso

Area: About 115,831 square miles (300,000 square kilometers)

Compassion has been working in Philippines since 1972. These Philippines facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Philippines but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Philippines facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of poverty overwhelm you. You can make a difference to a child in Philippines today!