Keren Happuch makes her home with her mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others are her household duties. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Keren Happuch is not presently attending school. Playing a musical instrument, ping pong and volleyball are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly.
Please remember Keren Happuch in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Keren Happuch 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 Keren Happuch 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 Keren Happuch.
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