Alvin lives with his aunt. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. His aunt is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Alvin is not presently attending school. Basketball, swimming and playing with marbles are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly.
Your love and support will help Alvin to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Alvin lives on the plains of Abkasa, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Hiligaynon.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs and fever. Most adults in Abkasa are unemployed but some work as street market vendors and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs schools, schoolbooks and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of God's Special Gift Student Center to provide Alvin with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, supplementary food, sports, social events, community service opportunities, uniforms, computer classes, scholastic materials and tuition. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, livelihood training seminars and fellowship for the parents or guardians of Alvin.
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 section of Bacolod City