Maria lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include caring for children, helping in the kitchen and running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Maria enjoys playing house and hide-and-seek. She attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Maria will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Maria lives in the hillside community of San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur, home to approximately 72,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish and rice.
Common health problems in this area include asthma, colds, coughs, diarrhea, skin diseases and schistosomiasis (parasitic disease). Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $73 per month. This community needs school supplies, employment opportunities, sufficient housing and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Assembly of God Assistance for Kids Development Center to provide Maria with Bible studies, counseling, medical and dental checkups, sports, fellowship times and educational field trips. The center staff will also provide livelihood training, counseling and fellowship times for the parents or guardians of Maria.
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 of Butuan