Whisly lives with his stepfather and his mother. His duties at home include caring for children and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His stepfather is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Whisly participates in Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Playing with cars, art and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Whisly will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Whisly lives in one of the mountainous community of Legazpi City, home to approximately 157,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of corrugated tin and have wood floors.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include upper respiratory infections, tuberculosis, gastroenteritis, parasites and skin diseases. Most adults work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $51 per month. This community needs affordable schooling and recreational areas.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bicol Child Development Center to provide Whisly with Bible teaching, medical and dental check ups, vaccinations, health and hygiene instruction, recreational activities, field trips, tutoring, vocational training, school supplies and disaster assistance. The center staff will also provide family camps and education for the parents or guardians of Whisly.
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: South section of Legazpi City