About The Philippines
Child Champions in the Philippines tell us about their country.
The Philippines is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia. The country comprises more than 7,100 islands, which makes it one of the best places in the world to find a beautiful beach. The people are hardworking, hospitable, and fun. The Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia, with Catholicism as the predominant religion. But a large portion of the population in the Philippines lives in poverty and has little access to education. Sadly, children are often perceived as unimportant, so their health and education are not a priority.
The Philippines’ location and proximity to the equator also make it prone to earthquakes and typhoons, and it is listed in the top 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change risks. This “environmental poverty” can be seen everywhere, in rural and urban areas alike, although resources and opportunities differ per region and bring specific challenges to each. Desperate people tend to make poor choices, so in the urban sector, some turn to gambling, theft, prostitution, and drug dealing to survive. In rural places, many citizens lack basic resources and modern amenities but are sometimes able to grow their own food, so they are less likely to resort to a life of crime. The common struggle in both areas is that children are among the most adversely affected.
The abuse and online sexual exploitation of children increased during the global pandemic of 2020 since most were forced into lockdown with their perpetrators. Many children in the Philippines are hungry for food, for safety, for an education — for HOPE.
The Filipino people are the country’s most valuable resource. But not all families are able to partake in the offered government programs. Thankfully, OneChild is there to change lives. The ministry is committed to serving those with the greatest need in the Philippines — including those who are disenfranchised — such as tribal communities like the Bajau. Child Champions at our Hope Centers want these children to have an equal opportunity to learn and grow and play. They want to empower them with a sense of worth, dignity, and confidence. Today, they are guiding the next generation into the future to become leaders of tomorrow who love God, who are dedicated to making a difference in the Philippines, and who will find a way to change the world.
Philippines Hope Centers
OneChild provides opportunities for children in the Philippines to receive quality schooling, nutritious meals, medical care, and Christian teaching in a secure and loving environment with trusted adults who have their best interests at heart. Child Champions welcome these children, expanding even into remote and tribal areas, where people are undocumented and not included in the government census.
OneChild also brings healing and care to child survivors of sexual exploitation through the work of Happy Horizons Ranch. Together with Hope Centers, Child Champions give children a chance — a chance to receive vocational training so that they can earn a living someday without compromising themselves; a chance to know God’s love and mercy and see tangible evidence of His care; a chance to build a better life and have hope for brighter days ahead.
Stories & Updates from the Philippines
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