Ramil lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ramil participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, swimming and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Ramil will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ramil lives in the community of San Rafael, Castilla Sorsogon, home to approximately 2,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and grass roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Bicol.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, bread, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, fevers and diarrhea. Most adults work as day laborers or farmers and earn the equivalent of $96 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, modern farming technology and scholastic materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Community Kidz Care and Child Development Center to provide Ramil with Bible teaching, health education, sports, exercises, tutoring, educational field trips and literacy training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, livelihood seminars, gardening activities and family events for the parents or guardians of Ramil.
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: Southwest of Legazpi City