Jennifer lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Jennifer works at home carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 7 children in the family.
Playing house, art and playing with dolls are Jennifer's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Jennifer to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Jennifer lives in the mountainous community of Mulabucad Grande, Guinobatan, Albay, home to approximately 1,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bicolano.
The regional diet consists of cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include asthma, bronchitis, primary complex, respiratory tract infections, allergies and iron deficiency. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $61 per month. This community needs stable electricity, scholastic materials, tuition assistance and livelihood programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shepherd Child Development Center to provide Jennifer with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, nutritious food, choir, field trips, community service opportunities, gardening classes, tutoring, instrument lessons, school fees and school supplies. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Jennifer.
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 Legazpi