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On Dec. 16, 2021, Super Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines. We praise God that none of our registered children have been reported as injured or killed. But there is widespread devastation and loss of homes. Sponsors of children directly impacted are being contacted individually. Please pray for those who have lost homes and livelihoods to the storm. If you would like to help children in crisis, please give to the Children’s Crisis Fund.

Rosalinda ‘Manette’ Reyes-Cosico

Greetings from the Philippines! My name is Manette Cosico, and I have been a Country Director since 2018. Thank you for the abundant love you show the children in my country. It makes such a difference!

As we entered a new phase of the pandemic, a few of our Hope Centers in remote areas were able to safely meet face-to-face, but the majority are still serving children within their homes. Child Champions here have worked tirelessly to ensure students receive printed learning materials, regular check-ins via social media platforms, and online tutorials and lessons. Out-of-work families have been blessed with food packs, relief goods, hygiene kits, and school supplies. Some Hope Centers have even set up mobile and community libraries for the kids in their areas!

But as the world’s focus continues to shift around the events of the pandemic, so have the prayers of our children. Their requests to God now center on healing from sickness, food on the table, steady jobs for their parents, and the wish to rejoin their friends at their Hope Centers.

OneChild’s Hope Centers are more than a place to receive an education, medical care, and a good meal. They also represent the kind of safety, security, and stability children often cannot find anywhere else. They give children a place of their own where the valuable lessons and decision-making skills they learn equip them for the future. And Child Champions build children’s confidence and self-esteem by recognizing and awarding accomplishments and celebrating successes through special prizes.

2 Children from the Philippines pointingBut most importantly, Hope Centers introduce our kids to God and teach them how to lean on Him during times of trouble. Throughout the pandemic, more children than ever have led their families to the Lord through their prayerful examples as they regularly recite scripture and participate in at-home worship services. And as these parents and caregivers see the channel of blessings offered by generous sponsors and donors, it serves as physical evidence of God’s love and care for them.

Children who attend OneChild Hope Centers enjoy the positive influence of loving mentors and develop meaningful relationships with their peers. They receive gentle guidance and life skills that will enable them to grow into ambassadors and advocates for their communities and agents for Christ. Their emotional bank accounts are constantly filled, knowing that someone far away believes in them enough to send support and encouragement.

Every child in the Philippines deserves the chance at a better life. If someone you know would like to bring hope to these kids too, please encourage them to become a sponsor!

Praising God for His faithfulness,

Rosalinda “Manette” Reyes-Cosico

Country Director, Philippines

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.

In the Philippines, slums of ramshackle homes border modern cities.

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

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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.

Philippine child reading

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.

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)