Jeric lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Jeric works at home helping in the kitchen, running errands and cleaning.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jeric participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Basketball, playing with cars and art are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Jeric to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jeric lives on the plains of Barangay 5 Catbalogan City, home to approximately 94,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Waray-waray and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory tract infections, pneumonia and malnutrition. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $54 per month. This community needs potable water, improved sanitation and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Heritage Learning Center to provide Jeric with Bible studies, Bibles, immunizations and vaccinations, medical and dental check-ups, health education, field trips, leadership training, sports, skills and talent development programs, school fees and school supplies. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, parenting education and income-generating programs for the parents or guardians of Jeric.
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: South of Calbayog City