Cristian lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Cristian works at home buying or selling in the market , running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with cars, singing and hide-and-seek are Cristian's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Cristian because he is visually impaired. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Cristian lives in the hillside community of Area E. Sapang Palay, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of rice, fish, vegetables, bread and noodles. Common health problems in this area include coughs, fevers, the flu, primary complex, dengue and malnutrition. Most adults work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Blessed Children Development Center to provide Cristian with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, immunizations, sports, special celebrations, educational field trips, tutoring and talent workshops. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Cristian.
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: North of Quezon City