Jed lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Jed works at home caring for animals. There are 2 children in the family.
Jed is not presently attending school. Playing with cars, playing with marbles and playing ball games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Please remember Jed in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jed lives in the hills of Bagong Nayon II, home to approximately 41,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Ilocano and Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of rice, vegetables, fish and meat. Common health problems in this area include fever, asthma, pulmonary diseases, malnutrition, skin diseases, dengue and urinary tract infections. Most adults in Bagong Nayon II are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs schools, law enforcement, drug abuse prevention programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Beamers Student Center to provide Jed with Bible teaching, educational workshops, health instruction, medical care, recreational activities and tutoring. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and learning opportunities for the parents or guardians of Jed.
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: East of Quezon City