Judielyn lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for teaching others, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
Reading is Judielyn's favorite activity. In vocational training her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Judielyn will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Judielyn lives on the plains of Ibaba, home to approximately 16,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Tagalog.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and illnesses from air pollution. Most adults in Ibaba work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $156 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, recreation centers and drug abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Malabon Child Development Center to provide Judielyn with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, nutritious food, sports, field trips, computer lessons, skills training and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and fellowship for the parents or guardians of Judielyn.
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: Northwest of Manila