ICCM has been working in the Philippines since 1978. Seven Holistic Child Development projects provide children with opportunities to grow physically, spiritually, cognitively and in their social and emotional lives. Qualified and trained staff, often working as volunteers, work with the children’s families, churches and schools to monitor their progress in school, their physical health and all aspects of their well-being.
current projects in the philippines
ATA Hostel Project
In the outskirts of Davao City, ICCM operates a residential hostel for children of the Ata Matigsalug tribe. Children walk through mountainous terrain every Sunday night to arrive at the hostel so they can attend school Monday through Friday. Friday afternoon, they walk several hours back to their homes to spend the weekend with their parents, most of whom pastor congregations deep in the tribal regions. Children of this tribe are especially vulnerable to traffickers, but attendance at school and living in the protective environment of the hostel fortifies these children against this danger. Sponsorship provides the opportunity to attend public school, receive adult supervision and homework help, and share life in a vibrant community of faith.
Metro Manila has the dubious distinction of being the global center of the booming business of cybersex. Children need vigilant adults to prevent unthinkable exploitation. Since 2015, Project Transformers has been offering Holistic Child Development activities, including the personal attention of a caseworker for each of the 50 children involved and their parents.
Door of Hope Street Ministries (Park)
Two evenings a week, a lively group of young adult volunteers gathers a crowd of children in the city park in Davao City. While onlookers watch, children sing, dance, perform skits and participate in activities designed to transform their lives. Week after week, year after year, this ministry has brought hope to children living on the streets, often unsupervised and vulnerable to harm. The children receive positive attention and affirmation, not to mention food! They learn about themselves and life. They grow. Children who come regularly and form relationships with the adults can “graduate” to the Saturday Holistic Child Development program. Once they enroll in this more structured program, they can be sponsored.
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facts about philippines
Languages: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects – Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan
Religions: Catholic 82.9% (Roman Catholic 80.9%, Aglipayan 2%), Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1% (2000 census)
Population: 104,256,076 (July 2017 est.)
Median Age: 23.5 years (2017 est.)
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write Total population: 96.3% Male: 95.8% Female: 96.8% (2015 est.)
School life expectancy: Total: 13 years Male: 12 years Female: 13 years (2013)
Percentage below poverty level 21.6% (2015 est.)