Where We Work: The Philippines
  • Eating candy

    A young Filipino boy snacks on candy at the edge of the second floor of his home. Although attendance through secondary school is mandatory in the Philippines, many young people choose to drop out and work as field hands. According to UNICEF, only 89 percent of students reach the fifth grade. Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program helps children continue their education and be empowered to fulfill their dreams.

  • Child leaning out the window of a candy shop

    A small child leans out the window of a candy shop in the Philippines, where over 26 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day (CIA's The World Factbook). It is often children who are most affected by poverty, as they face malnutrition, illness, and a lack of hope that their circumstances will ever improve.

  • Philippines village

    A mother and her three children sit in their home, which is next to a pile of trash in the Philippines. The family is not currently registered with Compassion's program. As of 2006, approximately 48.8 percent of the world's population lived in urbanized areas. In developing countries, more than one third of this growing urban population lives in slum conditions.

  • Philippines village

    A young Filipino girl stands between two train tracks, where many people have built their homes. Compassion's work in the Philippines began in 1972 and currently supports over 66,400 children in 339 child development centers. Compassion partners with local churches to provide Filipino children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all that God created them to be.

  • Man looking down from the porch

    A man looks down from the porch of his home on the beach. His home is near one of Compassion's child development centers in the Philippines, which empowers registered children with spiritual, economic, social and physical development.

  • Philippines village

    Several children sit on a sidewalk in a slum in the Philippines; they are not currently registered with Compassion's program. Life in urban areas of the Philippines is especially tough for young people, who often suffer malnutrition and illness from unsafe living conditions. Additionally, due to the negative influences that surround them, children often become involved in gangs, prostitution, and other dangerous activities from an early age.

  • Generose Delphin with child

    Mother Generosa Delphin is learning to write her name for the first time. She and her 16-month-old daughter, Ihalyn, are registered in Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in the Philippines. Through the program, Generosa is not only learning how to read and write, but she is also learning childcare skills, such as cleanliness, hygiene and good nutrition.

  • Francis Joy CARILLO doing chores

    Eighteen-year-old Francis Joy Carillo cooks bananas for her younger siblings in their home. Joy is registered with Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in the Philippines and is studying hotel and restaurant management at a local college. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, so Joy hopes to get a good job to help support her family.

  • Maila Jean HABAGAT doing chores

    Maila Jean Habagat pumps water from a well at her home as part of her daily chores. She is seven years old and is registered with Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in the Philippines. Her mother is glad that Compassion is teaching her daughter about God's love, as well as helping her with her education. Jean's favorite subject in school is math, and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

  • Girl holding infant

    A young girl holds an infant as she leans against a bamboo wall. Globally, more than nine million children under age five die each year. Two-thirds of these deaths—more than six million every year—are preventable. Compassion's child development programs intervene to ensure children receive medical care, good nutrition, and other basic needs that allow them to survive and thrive.

  • Manila cityscape

    Manila is the capital and second largest city of the Philippines. It has a population of around 1.65 million, while the entire country is home to approximately 100 million people.

  • Girl carrying water in graveyard

    A young girl carries an open container of water past a burial ground on the way to her home. Many homes in the Philippines' urban slums are small and cramped, often constructed of cement with corrugated tin roofs. Criminal activity in the slums is rampant, as is child abuse and neglect. Compassion's implementing church partners in the Philippines provide a safe place for children to play and learn together.