Riden lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Riden participates in church activities and camp. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Basketball, playing with cars and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Riden will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Riden lives in the hillside community of Vigaan, Sipocot, Camarines Sur, home to approximately 1,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of fish, bananas, cassava and rice. A common health problem in this area is tooth decay. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $74 per month. This community has electricity but needs an improved water supply, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kidzone Development Center to provide Riden with Bible teaching, health checkups, games, educational field trips and academic support. The center staff will also provide parenting education for the parents or guardians of Riden.
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 Naga City