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World Vision is celebrating its 60 years this year by launching an advocacy campaign that centers on the fight to stop online sexual abuse of children in the Philippines.

The launch was held during the 60th Year Anniversary celebration of World Vision held at Max’s Scout Tuason last Thursday (March 23) hosted by celebrity ambassadors Marc Nelson and Joyce Pring.

To strengthen its efforts in protecting children, World Vision launches “It Takes a World to End Sexual Exploitation of Children” a 3-year advocacy campaign that aims to reach and protect at least three (3) million children from online sexual exploitation and other forms of violence.

There is nothing worse for a child than experiencing violence, exploitation or neglect.

Online sexual abuse of children in the Philippines is very real:

  • The Philippines rank 10th worldwide on prevalence of sexual exploitation among children aged 10-14
  • 1 out of 10 children experience sexual violence in the home
  • 17.1% of children experienced sexual violence while growing up
  • 50% of reported cases on cyber crime is online child abuse
  • Children as young as 3 months old are victims of livestream sexual abuse

The campaign will be implemented within 23 out of the 38 program areas of World Vision in the Philippines and will focus on the following strategies:

  • Raise Awareness
  • Empower Caregivers and Children
  • Establish Online Hotline
  • Support Front-Liners, Rescue Operations and Legal Interventions
  • Support Safe Shelters and Reintegration Programs

The symbolic launch was attended by World Vision ambassadors Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Bianca Umali, CJ Hirro, Tintin Bersola0-Babao, Tippy Dos Santos and Sam Concepcion.

Founded in 1957 by the late Dr. Bob Pierce, World Vision in the Philippines is a nationally respected organization that has a proven track record of child-focused, community development programs on education, child protection, health and nutrition, economic development and disaster risk reduction and management.

In 2016, and through the support of many kindhearted people and organizations, World Vision has helped improved the lives of over 1.5 million children in the Philippines.

Led by acting National Director Rommel Fuerte, Board of Trustees Chairperson Atty. liwayway Vinzons-Chato, Advocacy Manager Kathrine Yee and DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo  World Vision also paid tribute to all its partners and supporters including key government and like-minded agencies, individual sponsors and corporate donors who have faithfully journeyed with the charitable organization in the last few decades.

World Vision International Ambassador Marilee Pierce-Dunker, the daughter of founder Dr. Bob Pierce, gave the keynote address during the 60th Anniversary celebration.

With the theme “Caring for Children, Building Sustainable Communities” the organization is geared towards creating impact for the well-being of 3 million vulnerable children in rural and urban areas in the country by 2020.

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