"The youth is the hope of our motherland."
– DR. JOSE RIZAL, National Hero of the Philippines
Young Filipinos – with their boldness, creativity and boundless energy – have a huge potential to inspire hope and change in their communities.
Education is Key
And yet, more than 100 years after
Dr. Rizal's death, the cost of education in the Philippines remains painfully exorbitant for millions of Filipino families who try to survive on $2 a day.
CHILDREN ARE AT RISK
Although public schools don’t charge tuition, out-of-pocket expenses
such as uniforms, school supplies, transportation, and meals are beyond the reach of many hard-working families.
As a result, many students in poverty-stricken communities drop out of school and end up caring for younger siblings or working to support their families.
In the streets of Manila, it’s commonplace to see children as young as six years old begging for food or selling cigarettes -- vulnerable to all forms of exploitation.
THE HARD TRUTH
Filipino out-of-school children and youth. Survey results show that marriage or family matters was the main reason for dropping out of school, followed by high cost of education and financial concern.
(2017 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey, Philippine Statistics Authority)
Filipino child laborers ages
5-17 years old. Children are forced to work to augment the family income. These children are unable to pursue their education, adversely affecting their ability to find better work opportunities in the future.
(2011 Survey on Children conducted by the National Statistics Office)
TO SOCIAL DISCRIMINATION
Despite rapid economic growth and declining poverty, the poverty situation remains extremely challenging for children in the Philippines. Children with disabilities and children from rural and indigenous communities are more vulnerable to social discrimination. They are also likely to be more deprived of social services.
HELP SAVE A CHILD FROM GENERATIONAL POVERTY
Your prayers and financial support can help many Filipino children fulfill their dream to go to school, find a fulfilling career as an adult, and give back to their community.
Help them break the yoke
of poverty in their generation.
When you sponsor a child, you help that child have access to good education, spiritual development, life skills training, and other opportunities that can improve their way of living.
You also help the child’s family become a part of a caring community.