Gerald lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. His father is employed as a project worker and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Gerald participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. He is also in vocational training where his performance is average. Ping pong, basketball and swimming are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Gerald will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Gerald lives in the coastal community of Narra, home to approximately 12,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The ethnic groups and languages are Tagalog, Ilocano, Bisaya, Ilonggo, Muslin, Pangasinan, Palawan, Tagbanua, Bicolano, Waray, Cuyunen and Cagay-anen.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, rice, fish and bread. Common health problems in this area include malaria, fevers and dysentery. Most adults in Narra work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $76 per month. This community needs law enforcement, alcohol abuse prevention programs and schoolbooks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shining Light Student Center Program to provide Gerald with Bible teaching, medical checkups, dental care, recreational activities, literacy training, tutoring, scholastic materials and English classes. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, meetings and home visitation for the parents or guardians of Gerald.
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: South of Puerto Princesa City