Mark lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Mark enjoys playing a musical instrument, basketball and swimming. He attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where his performance is above average.
Please remember Mark in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Mark lives in the mountainous community of Puguis, La Trinidad Benguet, home to approximately 8,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Ilocano, Ibaloi and KanKana-ey.
The regional diet consists of rice, chicken, pork, fish, cabbage and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and influenza. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $169 per month. This community has water and hospitals but needs secondary schools, electricity and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Trinidad Student Center to provide Mark with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, hygiene supplies, skills training, mentoring, field trips, special celebrations and Bibles. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, meetings and home visits for the parents or guardians of Mark.
North to south, 7,107 islands spread over 1,150 miles in the western Pacific Ocean to make up the country of the Philippines. About 95 percent of the population lives on the 11 largest islands. In the tropical lowlands, the climate is usually hot, humid and rainy.
The Philippines was once the most developed country in Asia following World War II but has lagged behind other countries because of poor economic growth and corruption. Spain and the United States, both colonizers of the country, have been the biggest influences on Philippine culture; a unique blend of Asia and the West. The country has two official languages: Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English. Eighty-three percent of the country is Catholic.
For centuries, the Philippine islands have been the crossroads of many cultures, including the Middle East, India and China, which all came to trade. In 1521, Spaniard Ferdinand Magellan reached the islands and Spain ruled them until 1898. The Philippines were ceded by Spain to the United States in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. They attained independence in 1946 after Japanese occupation in World War II. In 1965, the country came under the rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Widespread corruption and political mismanagement marred the Marcos regime. In 1986, a bloodless revolution forced Marcos into exile. In 1992, the U.S. closed its last military bases on the islands. In 2010, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III became the 15th president of the Philippines. He is the son of the former senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino, who was the 11th president of the country. The government continues to struggle with Muslim insurgencies in the south.
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Child's Location: Northwest of Baguio City