Eddie lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed.
Playing a musical instrument, basketball and swimming are Eddie's favorite activities. In vocational training his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, youth group and camp.
Please remember Eddie in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Eddie lives on the plains of Barangay Princess Urduja, home to approximately 5,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatched roofs. The ethnic groups and languages are Tagbanua, Palaweno, Coyonin and Cayanin.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, beans and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, coughs, colds and malnutrition. Most adults work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community has clean water available but needs tuition assistance, school supplies and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Batong Buhay Student Center Program to provide Eddie with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, health and hygiene education, field trips, community service opportunities, tutoring, school supplies, tuition, medical assistance and musical instrument training. The center staff will also provide family day and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Eddie.
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: Southeast of Puerto Princesa