Richard lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include buying or selling in the market , caring for children and caring for animals. There are 4 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Richard participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is below average. Basketball, swimming and volleyball are his favorite activities.
Please remember Richard in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Richard lives in the hillside community of Murcia, home to approximately 75,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Hiligaynon.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, fevers, flu, heart attacks, cholera, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and cirrhosis. Most adults in Murcia work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $56 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs tuition assistance, improved housing and income-generating programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Atipan Child Development Center to provide Richard with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, health education, vaccinations, nutritious food, sports, educational field trips and skills training. The center staff will also provide livelihood training and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Richard.
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: Southeast of Bacolod City