Gelly lives with her father and her mother. Her father is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Gelly works at home carrying water, making beds and running errands. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing jacks, singing and playing house are Gelly's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Gelly to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Gelly lives in one of the coastal communities of Canlaray, Taboc, Baybay 2, 3 & 4, Songco, Katian, Rawis and Sta. Fe. San Mateo, home to approximately 17,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, bamboo or plywood walls and thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, parasites, diarrhea and malnutrition. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $89 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Child Development Center to provide Gelly with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, health education, immunizations and vaccinations, leadership training, field trips, music and arts development workshops, tuition and school supplies. The center staff will also provide parenting education, Bible studies and income-generating programs for the parents or guardians of Gelly.
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: East of Calbayog City