Children running on a beach

A low-lying region dotted with islands, Visayas is often impacted by natural disasters. Save the Children has been improving the lives of children here for more than three decades - this was where we started our first programs on health and education.

Due to the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda emergencies in 2013, most of our programs in this region are emergencies-based. Our programs in areas such as Tacloban, Bohol, Cebu and Estancia are all helping to ensure children are recovering from the trauma and slowly getting back to normal. We’re providing families with livelihoods support and rebuilding schools so children don’t miss out on their education.

Emergencies often mean children are more vulnerable and at risk of abuse, exploitation, trafficking and child labour. Extra caution needs to be taken in terms of child safety and protection, so we have several child protection and child rights programs running in the area as well.