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The Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of about 7,600 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Philippines’s location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator, makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. An additional 12 million Filipinos live overseas, comprising one of the world’s largest diasporas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands

  • Capital: Manila
  • Population: 110.8 million
  • Language: Filipino, English
  • Major Dialects: Bicolano, Cebuano, Ilocano, Ilonggo, Kapampangan, Pangasinese, Tagalog, and Waray
  • In 2005, the Philippines was declared as the “center of marine biodiversity” within the world’s Coral Triangle because of the many species found in one area.

Our History in Philippines

In 1978, FH began working in the Philippines to help Vietnamese refugees who were fleeing from the Vietnam War. Since then, FH has focused efforts on long-term development work in remote and indigenous communities with a focus on food security and livelihoods, education, health and resilience against the consequences of climate change, infectious diseases, and other disasters.

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Stories From Philippines


Loving God, Serving Others

Josefina is a married mother of two children. The family lives in the Malasugui community in the Philippines. Not long ago, she was extremely introverted with no relationships outside of her home, where she lives with her husband, John, and two teenage children. “Although I lived in Malasugui for six


Key Challenges

23.7% of the population lives below the national poverty line. It is the third most disaster-prone country in the world, vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters such as typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and more

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Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.