In her home, Charlene helps by teaching others, sewing and buying or selling in the market. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Charlene enjoys ping pong, volleyball and telling stories. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in college where her performance is average.
Please remember Charlene in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Charlene lives on the plains of Barangay 27-C Narra St., Sta. Ana District, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Visayan and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs schools, qualified teachers, scholastic materials, employment opportunities and income-generating projects.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Solid Rock Student Center Program to provide Charlene with Bible teaching, health checkups, hygiene and health education, sports, educational field trips, computer courses, tutoring and violin and keyboard lessons. The center staff will also provide parents' education for the parents or guardians of Charlene.
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: Southeast section of Davao City