In his home, Jobern helps by running errands and cleaning. He lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His grandfather is not employed and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with marbles, hide-and-seek and running are Jobern's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Jobern to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jobern lives on the plains of Embarcadero, home to approximately 30,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice. Most adults work as day laborers, subsistence farmers or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $111 per month. This community needs employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Children's Manna Student Center to provide Jobern with Bible teaching, Sunday school, health screenings, indoor and outdoor games, nutrition and hygiene education, community service opportunities, talent development, music classes, educational assistance, computer classes, life skills training, educational field trips and vocational training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Jobern.
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: Southwest of Legazpi City