John makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Basketball, playing with cars and singing are John's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
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 Binitayan, Daraga, Albay, home to approximately 4,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, bamboo walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bicol.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs, fevers, weak lungs and malnutrition. Most of the adults in Binitayan work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, improved sanitation and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Daraga Child Care and Learning Center to provide John with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, hygiene classes, nutritious meals, recreational activities, tutoring and literacy classes. The center staff will also provide health seminars 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: West of Legazpi City