Edmund Rice Development Menu

Dedicated to the liberation of people and communities from poverty and injustice


The Edmund Rice Mission began working in the Philippines in 2005 with the set-up of the Kabankalan Project to assist out-of-school children and young people to access education. The Philippines now ranks as one of the most promising, newly-industrialised countries but still faces many economic and social problems.

Population: 94 million
Life Expectancy: 72 years
Infant Mortality Rate: 18 per 1000
Public expenditure on health: 3.6% of GDP
HIV/AIDS: 8700 people or less than 0.1%
Public Expenditure on Education: 2.7% of GDP
% of children primary school age not in school: 11%
Unemployment of youth 15-24 years: 17.4%

Badjao children showing their cultural dance

Empowering the Sama-Badjao Community in Bato Leyte

Country: Philippines  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Widely known as the “Sea Gypsies,” the Sama-Badjao tribe is one of the many ethnic groups of the Philippines. One of the largest populations of Badjaos in the Philippines can be found in Dolho, Bato...
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