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Christian Aid in the Philippines

Christian Aid is exiting from the Philippines as part of a change programme to deliver greater impact globally.

We are focusing our work so that every programme reaches those most in need, addresses the root causes of poverty, speaks truth to power and raises the voices of people living in poverty. 

Inspired by our new global strategy, Standing Together, we are deepening our interventions in fewer countries and living as good stewards within our means.

Summary:

Christian Aid worked in the Philippines for nearly 40 years, focusing on resilience and justice to address the persistent poverty and inequality aggravated by disasters and the risks of climate change. This work built on foundations of economic policies, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, mining and urban poverty.

Women leading drive to renewable energy

One of the legacies of Christian Aid’s work in the Philippines is a movement of women, survivors of 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, leading the drive towards renewable energy.

A collection of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to the climate crisis. Christian Aid’s partner, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), worked in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, to integrate renewable energy into disaster response, and rebuild safer, more sustainable communities.

Despite bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, women like Virginia – once a coconut farmer, forced closer to the sea by the Typhoon in order to survive – use solar power to support their families, and to prepare and respond to disasters. Fisherfolk can fish throughout the night, and the island’s only baker can sell bread at dawn.

Virginia and grandchildren fishing at night by solar light
Virginia and grandchildren fishing by solar light
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I worked with women’s groups for two decades. It’s proven that when you put trust in their leadership, they will take off

- Maria Alexandra Prura , Christian Aid’s Country Director of the Philippines.

Reports and resources

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Crazy Climate classroom activities

A selection of classroom activities for ages 7-11 exploring the impact of climate change and poverty.

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Disaster zone: notes for teachers

These teaching notes are designed to help teachers prepare for the disaster zone game.

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Disaster zone simulation game

This simulation game challenges pupils to think about what they would do in emergency situations.

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Disaster zone case study: The Philippines

This case study provides information on flooding that happened in the Philippines in 2012.

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Disaster zone worksheet

This worksheet provides a range of activities about disasters and emergencies.

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Disaster strikes simulation game

This interactive team game will help pupils work together to understand the devastating impact of a disaster on the lives of people living in poverty.

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Christian Aid is exiting the Philippines as part of a change programme to deliver greater impact globally. Our work was based in Manila, drawing on the expertise of colleagues at our UK headquarters, other Christian Aid teams across Asia and the world, and INGO networks and alliances in the Philippines and at international level.

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