Changing the future for children

Gillian sits amidst the debris of her village after Typhoon Yolanda

Every child has the right to a healthy, educated and safe future. Sadly, this is not the reality for all children.

Millions of children in the Philippines still don’t have access to quality education, suffer from poor health, or are abused or exploited. This just isn’t right and Save the Children is working hard to change this.

What we do

Save the Children does exactly what our name says we do – we save children’s lives. With the help of our supporters from all over the world, Save the Children in the Philippines made a difference to the the lives of 5.1 million children and adults through our programs in 2013. Guided by our vision to protect the rights of children to a happy, safe and healthy future, we help children in the following areas:


With 6.2 million primary school-aged children still not in school here in the Philippines, Save the Children works to create better access to quality education and lift children out of poverty.


We improve the health of children and their families so children get the nutrition they need to grow up healthy and strong, and have access to healthcare. Children should not be dying of easily preventable illnesses before their fifth birthday. 

Child protection

In the Philippines, we work hard to protect the most vulnerable children from abuse, neglect and exploitation. This includes children separated from their families due to natural disasters, armed conflict, extreme poverty and exploitation.


Children are the most vulnerable when an emergency strikes. They face injury, malnutrition and serious illness. We provide life-saving supplies and emotional support to children during emergencies and also support communities with the often slow process of rebuilding.


Stronger and more resilient households means better nutrition and healthier children. Save the Children runs small-scale livelihoods projects such as village gardens to help families break free of the poverty circle.