John lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, basketball and hide-and-seek are John's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, John will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
John lives on the plains of Barangay 4, Camalig, Albay, home to approximately 500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bicolano.
The regional diet consists of fish, bread, rice and bananas. Common health problems in this area include coughs and colds, fevers and flu, malnutrition, skin diseases, asthma, tuberculosis, dengue fever, mumps and hypertension. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $268 per month. This community needs potable water, livelihood programs and health care services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bachyr (The Chosen One) Child Development Center to provide John with Bible studies, health and dental checkups, hygiene education, sports, tutoring and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, income-generating training and health education for the parents or guardians of John.
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: Northwest of Legazpi