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Jyra Kate Gumapac  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: April 9, 2007
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Philippines
  • Center: Timbercity Student Center
  • Child ID: PH6130511
Kate lives with her uncle and her mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. Her uncle is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.

Singing, playing house and playing with dolls are Kate's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.

Please remember Kate in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Kate lives on the plains of Purok 8, Slaughter, Barangay Obrero, Butuan City, home to approximately 3,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Butuanon and the most commonly spoken language is Cebuano.

The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, diarrhea, scabies and skin diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as street vendors or drivers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs sanitation facilities, potable water, preschool programs, vocational training and drug abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Timbercity Student Center-CDSP to provide Kate with Bible teaching, camps, retreats, medical and dental checkups, exercise, family camps and tutoring. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, church celebrations and monthly meetings for the parents or guardians of Kate.
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: North section of Butuan City

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