John lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for buying or selling in the market , gardening and caring for children. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing a musical instrument, soccer and basketball are John's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp.
John has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
John lives in the coastal communities of Salog, Burabod, San Juan, Macabog, Pangpan, Cambulaga, Bitan-o, Talisay, Sirangan, Piot, Tugos or Bibincahan, home to approximately 42,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo or cement floors, wood walls and tin or corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish and rice.
Common health problems in this area include colds, fevers, coughs and skin diseases. Most adults work as day laborers, fishers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. These communities need safe drinking water, improved housing, educational materials, employment opportunities and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of EAGLE Child Development Center to provide John with Bible teaching, supplemental food, vitamins, medical and dental checkups, field trips, birthday celebrations, recreational activities, tuition, school supplies, clothing and toiletries.
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