Armando makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, caring for animals and helping in the kitchen are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 8 children in the family.
For fun, Armando enjoys playing a musical instrument, soccer and basketball. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Armando to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Armando lives on the plains of Poblacion, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of concrete floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava and rice.
Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, colds, coughs, respiratory infections, schistosomiasis (parasitic disease) and tuberculosis. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $89 per month. This community has electricity but needs improved sanitation, income-generating programs and affordable medicine.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Merciful Kids Development Center to provide Armando with Bible studies, immunizations, health screenings, vitamins, educational field trips, music and arts development workshops, leadership development and skills development training. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and family day for the parents or guardians of Armando.
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 of Butuan City