Rio makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 5 children in the family.
Basketball, singing and art are Rio's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, choir and camp.
Rio especially needs your love and care because he has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Because of your sponsorship, however, he is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for him.
Rio lives in the coastal community of Poblacion, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatch roofs. The primary ethnic group is Visaya and the most commonly spoken language is Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, malnutrition, colds and fevers. Most adults in Poblacion work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs conservation education, employment opportunities and health care services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sinacaban Child Development Center to provide Rio with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, immunizations, physical exercises, vitamins, health education, field trips, music and art development workshops, letter writing activities, school supplies and tuition. The center staff will also provide income-generating activities and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Rio.
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 of Dipolog