101 current projects
9,135 direct beneficiaries
Photos of our community partners always resonate with us, but this one, taken in the outskirts of the Laur municipality in the Philippines, is one of our favorites. We asked Outreach’s go-to lensman, Wayne Rowe, if he could give us the story...
Issues And Impact
In rural Philippines, nearly one-fourth of the population is without access to clean water. The World Health Organization estimates that diarrhea is responsible for about 8.5 percent of all deaths in the region.
We're helping families in the Philippines by building clean water systems, like wells and pumps. Today, we've helped 60 percent of the families in Outreach communities gain access to safe drinking water. And we're continuing to spread our mission to surrounding communities, too.
Nearly 24 percent of the country is suffering from extreme hunger. With not enough money to buy food, and not enough resources for crop growth, families often have difficulty keeping their children fed. Hunger becomes especially challenging during the lean months—a time of little or no harvest.
In villages in the Philippines, we have helped create rice loan projects. Families are actively participating in a revolving loan that we've found to be extremely successful.
Today, 51 percent of children and their families in Outreach communities have access to enough food during the lean months, and we are continuing to expand the loan project until each family is fed.
Before Outreach began working in the Philippines, only 63 percent of the children in our communities had access to education. Because there was not enough room in nearby schools, many children would have to walk for miles to get to another school.
Outreach has empowered communities to build and expand school buildings in the Philippines. Today, 95 percent of children in our communities have access to education, and we are working to heighten our reach outside of our current communities.
Roughly half of the population in the Philippines lives in rural areas, making it difficult to get to essential health care and pharmaceuticals. Only three of every 10 people in the country have access to medicines when they need it.
Outreach has helped build health clinics in rural areas of the Philippines. 72 percent of Outreach communities now have access to medicines and health care when they need it.
In the Philippines, 27 percent of the population is suffering from extreme poverty, having few options to increase their family income.
Outreach has helped the people of the Philippines access water buffalo to use for milk, field help and manure. Families living on less than $1.35 in Outreach communities have seen a 14-fold increase in income since the water buffalo project began.