Philippines
Location: Marikina and Leyte Districts
Project 1: Education and Economic Development Project
Project 2: Expanding Health Access & Awareness
PARTNER: Vineyard / Baxter International Foundation
The Philippines, in southeast Asia, is made up of 7,107 islands. 21.6% of the population falls below the national poverty line. In 2015, a family of five needed at least 6,329 PHP ($173 AUD) every month to meet basic food needs and at least 9,064 PHP ($247 AUD) every month to meet those and non-food needs. Three out of five families whose heads did not attend school are poor, resulted in a high unemployment rate, reaching 6.3%.

Project One:

Education and Economic Development Project

 

Goal of the Project

Vineyard is funded by ChildLink and SHE and supports 630 children with their education. They will organise tutorial classes with volunteer tutors, and medical and dental clinics for Linked and non-Linked children. Vineyard is transitioning from a service delivery to a community development approach to make a bigger impact. Critical approaches include financial literacy for families and Community Managed Savings and Credit Association (COMSCA). COMSCA’s primary purpose is to provide simple savings and loan facilities in a community that does not have access to formal financial services. COMSCA creates local pools of capital, providing access to useful lump sums:

  • To meet predictable expenses,
  • To reduce shocks to vulnerable livelihoods,
  • To facilitate household cash-flow management,
  • And to make short-term investments in income-generating activities.

Progress Update (From Quarter 3 of 2019/2020)

  • 393 Linked children received school supplies,
  • English and Maths peer–to-peer tutorials were organised for the school community, but COVID-19 has put a pause to the sessions temporarily,
  • Vineyard staff were trained in organisational change in challenging times so they could support families better during the pandemic,
  • 33 COMSCA groups were formed, with an average of 25 members 14 groups had their share out activity.

 

 

To help support children in their health and education, and COMSCA groups to learn to earn and save, donate today.

Project Two:

Expanded Health Access and Awareness

Goal of the Project

This project is funded through Vineyard by Baxter International Foundation to work on improving health issues for families. This includes increased awareness on serious health issues, improved access to health services from the community level to the national level and enhanced skills of individuals in responding to basic health needs as well as First Aid needs in disaster contexts.

These are shown in the following indicators:

  1. 20% decrease of men and women who report missing at least a day of work due to illness over the past month,
  2. 65% decrease of boys and girls who report missing at least a day of school due to illness over the past month,
  3. 73% decrease in households reporting waiting more than 2 days to see the relevant health service last time they were sick

Progress Update (From Quarter 3 of 2019/2020)

  • 23 leaders from 4 areas attended health training, but implementation of plans were hindered by the pandemic,
  • 83 youth attended awareness-raising sessions about teenage pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, anti-bullying and depression,
  • 48 parents attended Responsible Parenthood sessions,
  • 535 people attended dengue fever awareness sessions across 5 locations,
  • 418 people attended sessions on Hypertension, and leaflets were handed out so they could spread the information to their family members and friends,
  • 510 medical kits were distributed to families in 4 communities,
  • In February, 554 participants attended COVID-19 and asthma awareness sessions in 5 locations. In one location near a volcano, the respiratory effect of ash fall was discussed,
  • Reusable facemasks were distributed to 172 families near the volcano and 148 families for use during the pandemic,
  • In the last year, 1,189 patients were seen in Medical Missions, 482 patients in Dental Missions and 67 patients in Optical Missions across 5 communities.

 

 

To help increase awareness of health issues, access to health services and training for individuals to assist with basic health needs, donate today.

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