In her home, Mariel helps by buying or selling in the market , caring for children and making beds. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Mariel enjoys ping pong, singing and telling stories. She attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp regularly and is in college where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Mariel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Mariel lives on the plains of Karuhatan, home to approximately 65,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of bread, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illness, fever, colds and asthma. Most adults in Karuhatan work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $185 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and suitable housing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Valenzuela Christian Student Center to provide Mariel with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene instruction, recreational activities, non-formal education, life skills training, educational seminars, scholastic materials and developmental activities. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, educational seminars and social events for the parents or guardians of Mariel.
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: West of Quezon City