Roxanne lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, sewing and caring for children. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed.
Basketball, swimming and volleyball are Roxanne's favorite activities. In college her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Roxanne will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Roxanne lives on the plains of Macasandig, home to approximately 21,000 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 fish, rice, pork, chicken and leafy vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, pneumonia and respiratory illnesses. Most adults in Macasandig work as construction laborers or street vendors and earn the equivalent of $64 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs affordable education, law enforcement and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kids' Place Student Center to provide Roxanne with Bible teaching, medical care, recreational activities, health education, social events, formal education and life skills training. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and educational seminars for the parents or guardians of Roxanne.
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: South section of Cagayan de Oro City