Christine lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a teacher. Christine works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Christine participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. She is also in college where her performance is above average. Singing, telling stories and art are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Christine will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Christine lives in the coastal community of Barangay Mandaragat, home to approximately 36,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood, cement or bamboo floors, plywood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Ilocano, Visayan, Bicolanos and Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of rice, chicken and fish. Common health problems in this area include colds, coughs, fevers, gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, measles and eye problems. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $70 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Child Welfare Student Center to provide Christine with Bible studies, retreats, medical and dental checkups, sports, tutoring, tuition, uniforms, shoes, scholastic materials and medicine. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings, Bible studies and parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Christine.
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: Southwest section of Puerto Princesa City