Jervin lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. He is responsible for making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His grandfather is sometimes employed and his grandmother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Rolling a hoop, playing with cars and singing are Jervin's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Jervin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jervin lives on the plains of Visayan Village, home to approximately 25,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, chicken, fish and rice.
Common health problems in this area include fevers and flu. Most adults in Visayan Village work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $112 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs paved roads, teachers, stable employment opportunities and educational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hope for Children Development Center to provide Jervin with Bible studies, medical and dental services, hygiene education, games, group activities, computer classes, tutoring and educational assistance. In addition, vocational training is available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide parenting classes, income-generating projects training and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Jervin.
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 Tagum