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.

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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.


Project Transformers

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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Animals: A Multiplying Gift

In 2018, $43,239.46 was given for animals which included the following: hens, roosters, rabbits, turkeys, pigs, goats, sheep, cows and water buffalo. Animals benefit children at ICCM schools and projects in several of the 33 countries where ICCM has work.

Pigs of Promise

written by June Harvey Flores, ICCM Philippines Project Manager Not everyone would find a pig to be a good gift. However, children looking toward their future schooling think they are a wonderful gift! ICCM Philippines have given pigs for children in Bless the Child Ministries, one of its 

When a Sponsored Child Gives Back

Achiever. Leader. Teachable. Dependable. These are the qualities that define an 18-year-old ICCM scholar, Sheila May Bayanban. She has been sponsored for 11 straight years, and while being a sponsored child she has become a role model to the younger generation in their hostel in 

Stand Tall

In a few countries, ICCM sponsors children of pastors (PKs). One of our most vibrant, successful programs for PK’s is in the Philippines. Pastors’ families deeply value the encouragement and practical assistance of sponsorship because of the financial hardship and the stigma of being Protestant 

“I’m Nova Havana Nuez and this is my Success Story”

I begin with thanksgiving, thanking God that I was raised in a Christian home with two good parents and was introduced to God at a young age. I don’t remember a specific day when I first accepted Christ, but it was probably in one of 

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.)