Sheila lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Singing, playing house and playing with dolls are Sheila's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Sheila will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sheila lives on the plains of Minaog, Sicayab and Turno, home to approximately 20,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood walls and thatch roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Subanon and Visaya and the most commonly spoken languages are Subanon and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include acute respiratory infections, bronchopneumonia and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $89 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Feed my Lambs Student Center Project to provide Sheila with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, immunizations, nutritious food, vitamins, health education, field trips, sports, tutoring, school fees and school supplies. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, family enrichment programs, environmental awareness and income- generating programs for the parents or guardians of Sheila.
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: South of Dipolog City