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Steven Benedick Mata  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: December 1, 2006
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Philippines
  • Center: Sampaloc Bible Christian Community Student Center Program
  • Child ID: PH2120678
Steven lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include caring for children, making beds and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Steven participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Basketball, playing with cars and swimming are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Steven to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Steven lives on the plains of Sampaloc Manila, home to approximately 300,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or wood floors, wood walls and galvanized iron or wood roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Tagalog.

The regional diet consists of rice, fish, bread, pork, chicken and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include pneumonia, respiratory infections, primary complex and diarrhea. Most adults work in factories, as street vendors, as day laborers or in domestic service and earn the equivalent of $107 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, schools and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sampaloc Bible Christian Community Student Center Program to provide Steven with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, recreation activities, tutoring, field trips and skills training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and skills training for the parents or guardians of Steven.
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: Northeast section of Manila

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.