In his home, Ryan helps by carrying water, caring for children and making beds. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Ryan enjoys playing with cars, playing with marbles and art. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Ryan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ryan lives in the plains of Felix Plazo, home to approximately 3,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood with grass roofs. The primary ethnic group is Bicolanos and the most commonly spoken language is Bicol.
The regional diet consists of bread, milk, fish, chicken, champorado (sweet chocolate rice pudding) and macaroni soup. Common health problems include colds and hypertension. Most adults in Felix Plazo are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and educational materials and supplies.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Gate of Hope Learning and Development Center to provide Ryan with Bible teaching, medical exams, vaccinations, health and hygiene instruction, nutritious food, field trips, recreational activities and tutoring. The center staff will also provide holiday celebrations, Bible studies and instructional courses for the parents or guardians of Ryan.
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 section of Naga City