27.6 Million Filipinos live below the poverty line, and ChildCare INTERNATIONAL provides sponsorship for children in the area of Cebu through partnership with an organization called “Changing Lives Through Jesus”. The Cebu province is made up of over 160 islands, and is home to over 3.5M people.
The overall literacy rate is high in the Philippines, but many remote islands, such as those found in the province of Cebu, have less access to education and dropout rates are high.
Additionally through partnership with members of the local church in Cebu, Island Feeding Programs have been set up to provide staple food and nourishment for children and their families in need. The Island Feeding Program is also connected to a growing school, the Light and Life Vineyard Academy.