The Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world consisting of 7,107 islands in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are often subject to floods, droughts, cyclones, monsoons, earthquakes, windstorms, tidal waves and landslides, making life very difficult for its residents 27.6 million Filipinos live below the poverty line. Rural areas are hit hardest by lack of resources, a growing population and unequal distribution of land and income.
The overall literacy rate is high in the Philippines, but many remote islands have less access to education and dropout rates are high.
ChildCare INTERNATIONAL provides sponsorship for children in the area of Cebu through partnership with an organization called Changing Lives Through Jesus. 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.