In 2022, Childhood Rescue launched on the island of Mindanao, in the south of the Philippines.

The team quickly got busy. They made amazing headway in such a short amount of time, facilitating a wide range of initiatives including:

  • Health & nutrition
  • Livelihood & income generation
  • Peace-building
  • Child protection and well being
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Emergency response to natural disasters

Scroll through below to see how your gifts are helping children survive, recover and build a future in Mindanao, Philippines.

Peace building and child protection training is incredibly important in Mindanao. Recruitment by militant groups is a very real problem. Here you can see young people sign their names at the end of the workshop, as sign of their decision to advocate for peace in their communities. These activities were successfully conducted in 37 barangays (suburbs) in Cotabato City and 97 barangays in Marawi City.

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The house of knowledge as our communicator Marky called it. He was so moved by this story and meeting the incredible Consmarie (pictured), who stated, “I was hurt when I knew that the children have not learned anything for about a year because of the pandemic,. I was afraid they would forget the value of education in their lives. So, I felt the great need for the children to learn again, and that’s why I am happy to run the Summer Reading Camp project with help given by World Vision.”  Consmarie, has served children for 20 years as one of the educators in the Department of Education. We supported her reading camp with supplies and educational resources. An advocate for children, during her weekends, she never fails to visit one of the below-poverty line villages in her area. The reading camp featured is situated near the Celebes Sea, this area has a school but it practices a multi-grade approach.   

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Helping out-of-school youth gain skills for employment is a key to ensuring they can build a future. This photo was taken on 29 November 2022, the last day of class for 25 young people from coming from 5 CHR partner barangays (suburbs). They successfully completed their 'Tile Setting Training' with our partner entity Technical Education Skills Development (TESD). "It developed my skills and provided me credentials in applying for my future job and this will enable me to land a career and have my livelihood, and help my family's needs on a daily basis. Thank you so much for providing us this once in a lifetime opportunity," a very happy student.

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“My passion for writing came back to me again. I now understand how to organise my thoughts so I can write clearly," shared Norhasan, 17, a student from Cotabato City who attended the CHR literacy training.   “This training helps youth like me to learn more. I advise young people like me to appreciate the beauty of writing. I hope they will find the goodness that comes from reading and writing. I also hope they will not waste their time and get used to the online games because that destroys their focus,” he says.    

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The people of Mindanao know the effects of natural disasters. This year typhoons and flooding destroyed many people's homes. We provided emergency distributions to help families survive the aftermath but as we look to build sustainable futures, disaster preparedness courses have become a big priority, as seen here, in the class specifically for children.

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Mindano has a beautiful lake which long supported a strong fishing industry, a main source of income and food for many families. In recent years, the effect of the Marawi siege, economy, covid and climate-related disasters have contributed to a decline in fishing and livelihoods. Childhood Rescue helps small businesses to begin again through livelihood and income generation activities. “I’m sure my catch will increase, so too my income because my fishnet is new and is no longer perforated,” Nasroding (pictured) happily shared. He was amongst fisherman who received assistance to repair broken equipment, new nets and livelihood training.

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Marawi, Philippines

Marawi and Cotabato City are located on the island of Mindanao in the south of the Philippines. The predominantly Muslim population lives in the crossfire of conflict between rival militant and terrorist groups.

In 2017, a siege began and everyone's life changed in an instant.

For 5 months, militant and government forces fought, destroying thousands of homes, businesses and infrastructure. Up to 360,000 people were forced to flee to neighbouring regions. Four years on, many families still can not return home and live in Internally Displaced Population (IDP) settlements.

A lack of security, health, food and education mean children are highly vulnerable to recruitment offers by militant groups. Childhood Rescue's will help children build their futures through education, health and peace building.

  • Terrorist and militant behaviour undermine social stability and children's futures

  • Terrorist attacks and kidnappings are common in the region

  • Natural disasters cause significant difficulties for families in the region