In his home, Kim Jan helps by carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed and his mother is sometimes employed.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kim Jan participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, basketball and swimming are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Kim Jan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Kim Jan lives in one of the coastal communities of Casinglot, Tagoloan or Misamis Oriental, home to approximately 8,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The regional diet consists of rice, fish and green leafy vegetables.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, coughs, colds, fevers, pneumonia, malnutrition and dental decay. Most adults work in factories and earn the equivalent of $89 per month. These communities need an improved education system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Celebration International Child Development through Sponsorship Program to provide Kim Jan with Bible teaching, health education, vitamins, health screening, field trips, computer lessons, tutoring, school fees and skills training. The center staff will also provide health education, meetings, leadership training and parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Kim Jan.
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.
Map of Philippines
Child's Location: Northeast of Cagayan de Oro City