Paul lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, sewing and buying or selling in the market. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Paul participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and youth group. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, basketball and singing are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Paul to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Paul lives on the plains of Barangay Pasong Putik, Maligaya, home to approximately 188,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group and language is Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of instant noodles, fish, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include the flu, dengue fever, pneumonia, coughs, colds, diarrhea, pulmonary tuberculosis, sore eyes, mumps, bronchitis, chicken pox and skin diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $110 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Blessed in Christ Student Center Project to provide Paul with Bible studies, health and dental checkups, immunizations, nutritious food, sports, music and dance lessons, computer classes, tutoring, choir and social clubs. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and livelihood programs for the parents or guardians of Paul.
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.
Map of Philippines
Child's Location: Northwest section of Quezon City