Jonathan lives with his grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water, teaching others and caring for children. His grandmother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Jonathan enjoys playing a musical instrument, basketball and swimming. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Jonathan in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jonathan lives in the hillside community of Sasa, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups and most commonly spoken languages are Visayan and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, coughs, flu, dengue and fevers. Most of the adults in Sasa work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs schools, teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Life Builder Student Center Program (COG) to provide Jonathan with Bible teaching, health screening, dental checkups, field trips, school fees and vocational training. The center staff will also provide fellowship, Bible studies and health and hygiene instruction for the parents or guardians of Jonathan.
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