The Philippines has a chequered past that has seen armed conflict between the Government and various militant groups, leading to the uprooting of millions of citizens from their houses over the past 40 years. Whilst peace has been restored to many parts of the Philippines in the last few years, there are still huge inequities between the wealthy and extremely poor. For those at risk, access to food and clean water is extremely difficult and the biggest repercussion from this is that 20% of Filipino children under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition.
Have you ever been curious about child sponsorship? Perhaps you've thought about wanting to help with some of the problems facing children in developing countries but feel a bit confused?
The particular issues that are tackled by children's charities such as the Ruel Foundation are very easy for most people to relate to and feel strongly about wanting to help where they can. However, sometimes the scale of the problems can seem too large for us as individuals to tackle. For example, it's been estimated by UNICEF that 19,000 children die every day in the world, largely from preventable causes like pneumonia and malnutrition. People want to help but don't know how.