In his home, Kyle helps by caring for animals, making beds and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
Kyle is not presently attending school. Playing with cars, singing and playing with marbles are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Kyle will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kyle lives on the plains of La Carlota City, home to approximately 64,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Mangkas and the most commonly spoken language is Hiligaynon.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include fevers, colds, flu, tuberculosis, coughs, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, diarrhea and chicken pox. Most adults in La Carlota City work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs educational materials, schools, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Precious Gems Student Center to provide Kyle with Bible teaching, retreats, medical and dental checkups, hygiene classes, sports, field trips, leadership seminars and learning for life skills. The center staff will also provide vocational training and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Kyle.
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: Southwest of Bacolod City