Rhea lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, teaching others and sewing. Her father is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Rhea is not presently attending school. Playing a musical instrument, volleyball and singing are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Rhea will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rhea lives in the mountainous community of Bagong Silang, home to approximately 221,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood or cement floors; wood or hollow block walls; and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice, vegetables, noodles and sardines. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, diarrhea and dengue. Most adults in Bagong Silang work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $160 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs teachers, employment opportunities, food and clothing.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bagong Silang Student Center to provide Rhea with Bible teaching, choir, medical and dental checkups, health education, field trips, tutoring, school supplies and skills training. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Rhea.
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: North of Quezon City