The Project

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries via 12 global partner countries, one of which is Canada.

In the Philippines, there are approximately 60,000 children who are part of Compassion Child Development Centres. Programs are run in partnership with local churches providing these children with education, healthy meals, healthcare and family support.

The Beneficiary:
$30,158.42 was raised for a Compassion Child Development Centre called Patnubay Child Development Centre (PCDC) located in the municipality of Dimasalang, in the island of Masbate, Philippines in partnership with Compassion Philippines, and with the help of Compassion Canada.

These funds are being used to build a permanent two-storey, six classroom facility that can better serve the 272 impoverished children who are currently enrolled at Patnubay Child Development Centre (PCDC). These are children whose family members live on less than $1.25 per day.

In a 2010 report by the National Statistics Board, 55% of the population of Masbate live below $1.00 a day with no access to basic needs such as running water and washroom facilities. For the past 10 years running, Masbate has ranked among the 10 poorest provinces in the Philippines.

Proposed two-storey, six-classroom facility.
Patnubay Child Development Centre (PCDC) opened its doors in 2007 with 75 children. Today, they serve 272 children with the following facilities:

A 3-classroom wooden structure.
Two huts.
The new two-storey, six-classroom facility is being built in the area where the two huts are currently located. It will also have two washrooms in it. Together with the existing 3-classroom wooden structure, completion of the new building will greatly improve the environment for both children and educators/staff.

Current crowded environment in existing classrooms.
Thank you very much for your partnership. It has made a huge difference for these children and their families who live in extreme poverty. Together, we have made their world a better place!