Charles lives with his father and his grandmother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother maintains the home. Charles works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. There are 3 children in the family.
Rolling a hoop, basketball and playing with cars are Charles's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Charles will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Charles lives on the plains of Maria Christina, home to approximately 10,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, rice and goat. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, diarrhea, malnutrition, fevers, skin diseases and asthma. Half of the adults in Maria Christina are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $87 per month. This community has electricity and potable water but needs improved sanitation, income-generating activities, affordable health care and medicine.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sola Fide Child Development Center to provide Charles with Bible lessons, medical checkups, vitamins, medicine, educational field trips, social events, school supplies, school fees and tutoring. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, educational workshops and skills workshops for the parents or guardians of Charles.
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: East of Iligan