Marlon lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for children and making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing a musical instrument, playing with cars and singing are Marlon's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Please remember Marlon in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Marlon lives on the plains of Baangay Ampayon, home to approximately 8,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava and rice.
Common health problems in this area include conjunctivitis, malnutrition, fevers, colds, coughs and tuberculosis. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $133 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, scholastic materials, employment opportunities and recreational activities for children.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shelter Student Center Project to provide Marlon with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, immunizations, vitamins, sports, tutoring classes, tambourine and ukulele lessons, school fees and supplies. The center staff will also provide monthly parenting enrichment programs, Bible studies and environmental awareness programs for the parents or guardians of Marlon.
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: Northeast section of Butuan City