In his home, Marvin helps by carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marvin participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. He is also in college where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, basketball and swimming are his favorite activities.
Please remember Marvin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Marvin lives on the plains of Narra, Palawan, home to approximately 12,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, tuberculosis and malaria. Most adults are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $59 per month. This community needs schools, educational materials, employment opportunities and modern farming and fishing technology.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shalom Student Center to provide Marvin with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, pulmonary tuberculosis and hepatitis B screenings, sports, skills training, computer courses and tutoring. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and family day for the parents or guardians of Marvin.
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: South of Puerto Princesa City