John makes his home with his stepfather and his mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, John enjoys basketball, playing with cars and art. He attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help John to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
John lives in one of the hillside communities of Lopez Jaena, District 1-a or Barangay 7-A, home to approximately 50,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Visayan.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include asthma, pneumonia, dengue, upper respiratory infections and bronchitis. Most adults work as day laborers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community has water and electricity but need employment opportunities, teachers and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mount Apo Student Center to provide John with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, sports, vaccinations, nutritious snacks, leadership development, computer courses and musical instrument training. The center staff will also provide cooking education for the parents or guardians of John.
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