Philippi faces many social problems, including lack of education, violent crime, substance abuse, environmental degradation and high levels of HIV/AIDS. The average monthly household income is $250 or less, indicating that many residents are unemployed, hold low income jobs or live on social grants. Successful graduates often move away from the township, leaving learners with few positive role models and little motivation or belief that they can make something of themselves. Schools in Philippi are typically overcrowded and under-resourced, with low pass rates and with few extra-curricular activities available to students. Lack of information, networks and opportunities trap many into continued poverty and under-productivity.