Kier makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market are his household duties. His father is not employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kier participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. He is also in college where his performance is above average. Ping pong, basketball and volleyball are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Kier will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kier lives in the coastal community of Barangay Tibanga, home to approximately 8,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, bread, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, fevers, diarrhea, scabies and dengue fever. Most adults in Barangay Tibanga work as drivers and earn the equivalent of $56 per month. This community needs teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Iligan Student Care Center to provide Kier with Bible teaching, medical checkups, special celebrations, field trips, letter writing workshops and school tuition assistance. The center staff will also provide home Bible studies, parenting lectures and letter writing workshops for the parents or guardians of Kier.
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: Central Iligan City