Alexis lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market. Her father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing a musical instrument, rolling a hoop and swimming are Alexis's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Alexis to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Alexis lives on the plains of Barangay 3, Poblacion, home to approximately 179,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Ilonggo and Hiligaynon.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include anemia, tuberculosis, dengue fever, malnutrition, hypertension, fevers and colds. Most adults in Barangay 3, Poblacion work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $54 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, school buildings and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Kairos Child Development Center to provide Alexis with Bible studies, field trips, medical and dental checkups, cultural programs, tutoring and academic support. The center staff will also provide meetings, Bible studies and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Alexis.
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