Reenier makes his home with his father and his mother. Caring for animals and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
Basketball, playing with cars and singing are Reenier's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Reenier will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Reenier lives on the plains of Purok 1, Layon Ligao City, home to approximately 4,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, bamboo walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Bicol.
The regional diet consists of fish and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, coughs, colds, fevers, dental decay, asthma and lung diseases. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jireh Child Development Center to provide Reenier with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, sports, community service opportunities, tutoring and tuition. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene seminars, home visits and literacy training for the parents or guardians of Reenier.
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.
Map of Philippines
Child's Location: Northwest of Legazpi