Children’s ministry launch

Funding required: $9,590

This project will help: 100 children in Barobo, Philippines

Child development centre: PH2012, Bethel Temple Child Development Centre

Children growing up in Barobo, Philippines, face a bleak future. Most parents earn a living by fishing, but the work is seasonal and does not provide sufficient income. Around half of all households are supported by single mothers who struggle to put food on the table. Many children are suffering the effects of malnutrition, including permanent stunted growth.

Most children here do not progress beyond a primary or secondary education. The local college does not offer many courses. Children also lack access to adequate health care—there are not enough health centres to meet the needs of the community. Additionally, many young people growing up in unstable homes fall into drug abuse and petty crime. Without the chance to get a good education or job skills, children will grow up to repeat the cycle of their parents.

But the local church in Barobo has a deep desire to reach out to their community with the transforming gospel of Christ and respond to some of the most pressing needs of children.

By opening a child development centre, children will have access to health care and will receive supplementary food as needed. Through your support they will also have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training, age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. Along the way, they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring members of the Christian community.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, develop hope for their future and realize that God wants to use them to help others. These children grow up to be givers and leaders in their community.

Help children build a new future free from poverty and full of promise by launching a holistic children’s ministry!

Summary

Church name:

Bethel Temple Assembly of God Barobo

Community information:

Barobo is a coastal community in the Philippines of about 49,000 people. The closest major city is San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur. Most people work as fishers but turn to subsistence farming or day labour during typhoon season. Families make an average of about $74 a month, and more than 5 per cent of the population is unemployed. Homes are made of corrugated tin or metal roofs, wood walls and wood floors. The main diet is bread, chicken, egg, fish, pork, rice and roti. Most people profess to be Catholic but have fused their beliefs with traditional folk superstitions. Evangelical Christians are a minority but are generally well-respected and welcomed.

What is provided through this gift:

  • Centre staffing
    • Staff training and salary
  • Child registration and caregiver orientation
    • Camera
  • Administrative equipment and supplies
    • Office computer and printer
    • Office filing cabinets and shelves
  • Minor building enhancements
    • Installation of doors and windows
    • Minor plumbing and electrical enhancements
  • Classroom furnishings and supplies
    • Toys, games and minor sports equipment
    • Teaching resources and supplies
  • Kitchen furnishings and supplies
    • Gas tank and cooking fuel
    • Storage cabinets and closets
80%

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.