In his home, Bryan helps by teaching others, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. He lives with his father and his grandmother. His father is employed and his grandmother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Volleyball, singing and art are Bryan's favorite activities. In college his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Bryan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Bryan lives on the plains of Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City, home to approximately 1,378,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, colds and coughs. Most adults in Bagong Barrio Caloocan City work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and medical facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Paglinang Student Center to provide Bryan with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, vaccinations, camps, sports, birthday celebrations, tuition, computer classes, typing courses and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, non-formal education and seminars for the parents or guardians of Bryan.
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: Southwest of Quezon City