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 July’19 until Dec’20)

  • 392 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,
  • 28 CoMSCA groups with 706 members (75% of members were female) were supported and remained active during the pandemic,
  • 15 CoMSCA groups had a share out activity, where members received their savings back with the interest earned from loaning their funds,
  • After flooding in November 2020, blankets, masks, water bottles and 1,218 food packets were distributed in the Marikina district,
  • Online home-schooling tutorials were conducted through Facebook Live to help parents support their children while they are learning from home.
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 July’19 until Dec’20)

  • 23 leaders from 4 areas attended training on the Citizen’s Voice and Action advocacy approach, but implementation plans where hindered by the pandemic
  • 549 people attended health sessions on hypertension, parenthood, teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS
  • 535 people attended dengue fever awareness sessions across 5 locations
  • 510 medical kits were distributed to families in 4 communities to better prepare them to respond to basic injuries or health needs in an emergency
  • More than 1,670 families received financial or food assistance during the pandemic lockdown
  • 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
  • 320 families living near the volcano were given reusable facemasks for use against ash and during the pandemic
  • 1,189 patients were seen in Medical Missions, 482 patients in Dental Missions and 67 patients in Optical Missions across 5 communities
  • Mental health awareness sessions were held online with 125 participants
To help increase awareness of health issues, access to health services and training for individuals donate today.

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