Erika lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Erika works at home caring for children and making beds. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Erika participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and art are her favorite activities.
Erika has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Please pray for her and be assured that your sponsorship helps her to live a fulfilled life.
Erika lives in the mountainous community of Malobago and the whole resettlement site composed of residents from 7 barangays, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of brick and have tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Aetas.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread, rice, vegetables, sweet potatoes and other root crops. Common health problems in this area include colds, coughs, fevers, malnutrition, asthma, diarrhea, skin diseases, tuberculosis and hypertension. Most adults work in construction or farming and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community needs more schools and teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Magayon Child Development Center to provide Erika with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, sports, service opportunities, mentoring, welding classes, computer courses and tutoring. The center staff will also provide monthly meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Erika.
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: West of Legazpi City