Jerico lives with his grandfather and his grandmother. His duties at home include carrying water, running errands and cleaning. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother maintains the home.
For fun, Jerico enjoys bicycling and running. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is below average.
Because of your sponsorship, Jerico will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jerico lives on the plains of Barangay Salvacion, home to approximately 7,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The regional diet consists of rice and vegetables.
Common health problems in this area include fevers, flu, coughs, dengue and malnutrition. Most adults work on plantations or as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $73 per month. This community has electricity but needs school supplies and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Heirs Child Development Center to provide Jerico with Bible studies, dental and medical checkups, immunizations, nutritious food, sports, field trips and tutoring. In addition, literacy classes are available for non-schooled children. Thirty percent of the children in this project are not attending school because they lack economic resources. The center staff will also provide income-generating projects, Bible studies, hygiene education and literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Jerico.
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: Southwest of Butuan