Vence lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for children, running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
For fun, Vence enjoys reading, hide-and-seek and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Vence to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Vence lives in the hillside community of Barangay Mandug, home to approximately 18,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Cebuano and Visaya.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, coughs and colds. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $65 per month. This community has electricity but needs food, early childhood education, drug abuse prevention programs and the Gospel.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Davao Shekinah Child Development Center to provide Vence with Bible classes, medical and dental checkups, supplemental food, health and nutrition education, sports, counseling, tutoring, remedial classes and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and skills training for the parents or guardians of Vence.
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: Northwest of Davao City