Niel lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing a musical instrument, soccer and playing with cars are Niel's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Niel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Niel lives on the plains of Kabankalan City, home to approximately 182,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Hiligaynon.
The regional diet consists of rice, fish, chicken and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include influenza, respiratory infections, bronchitis and diarrhea. Most adults in Kabankalan City are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs teachers, school supplies and livelihood programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dorea Student Center to provide Niel with Bible studies, vitamins, medical and dental checkups, retreats, special celebrations, field trips and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide weekly Bible studies, family camps and home visits for the parents or guardians of Niel.
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.
Map of Philippines
Child's Location: Southwest of Bacolod City