Maika lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, teaching others and caring for children. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Maika participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Volleyball, singing and telling stories are her favorite activities.
Maika especially needs your love and care because she has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Because of your sponsorship, however, she is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for her.
Maika lives on the plains of Barangay Basud, Polangui, Albay, home to approximately 4,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo. The primary ethnic group is Bicolano.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diabetes and tuberculosis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Smart Kid Child Development Center to provide Maika with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, immunizations, field trips, community service opportunities, sports, food and weekly learning activities. The center staff will also provide health education, evangelism, Bibles and purified water for the parents or guardians of Maika.
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 Legazpi