Children’s ministry launch

Funding required: $8,750

This project will help: 100 children in Polomolok, Philippines

Child development centre: PH2212, Polomolok Alliance Child Development Centre

Despite being the 12th most populous and 15th most affluent municipality in the Philipipnes, Polomolok is home to many children living in poverty. The job market is competitive, leaving many parents unable to earn an adequate income to support their children’s healthy growth and development. Vulnerable families are in dire need of medical support, yet health care costs are just too steep for them to afford.

Mothers lacking education or family stability do not have the knowledge and skills to provide for or nurture their children. Without help, the cycle of poverty will continue for generations, leaving women and children vulnerable to the daily crushing effects of growing up without a solid foundation or hope for the future.

But the local church in Polomolok 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!

Children’s ministry launch

Help a church in the Philippines open a holistic child development ministry.

Church name: Polomolok Alliance Church

Community information: Polomolok is rural community of 45,298 people on the plains in the Philippines. It is known as an agro-industrial municipality where people work as animal herders, farmers, day labourers, street vendors or in domestic services. Dole (the pineapple company) employs 65 per cent of the population, while others work at the mall or other satellite companies, which draw people of various languages to seek employment—although the influx of people exceeds job demand. The average monthly income is C$36. The local diet consists of bananas, fish, maize, pork and rice. People speak five native dialects in the region, but the main three share similar behaviour and rules and communication is not a problem. Most of the population are Roman Catholic or protestant, with a minority following Islam or other faiths. The local church is an active partner of social activities in the community.

What is provided through this gift:

  • Centre staffing
    • Staff recruitment, training and salary
  • Child registration and caregiver orientation
    • Camera and mobile phone
  • Administrative equipment and supplies
    • Office computer and printer
    • Office filing cabinets and shelves
    • Office desk and chair
    • Office supplies
  • Health checkups and supplies
    • Height and weight measurement tools
    • First-aid kits

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.