Aljon lives with his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 8 children in the family. His mother maintains the home.
For fun, Aljon enjoys basketball, swimming and telling stories. He attends Bible class, Vacation Bible School and camp regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Aljon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Aljon lives on the plains of Bliss, Imelda, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, acute respiratory infections and pneumonia. Most adults in Bliss and Imelda work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $71 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, tuition assistance and educational materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Labason Care Student Center to provide Aljon with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, immunizations, nutritious food, vitamins, health education, sports, field trips, music and arts development workshops, tutoring, school fees, leadership development and school supplies. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, income-generating programs, environmental awareness and family enrichment programs for the parents or guardians of Aljon.
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