Angielou makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, teaching others and sewing are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Angielou participates in Bible class and camp. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, swimming and volleyball are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Angielou to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Angielou lives on the plains of Iloilo City, home to approximately 439,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo with thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, fish and rice.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, skin diseases and gastrointestinal disorders. Most adults in Iloilo City work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, educational materials, adult literacy programs, livelihood programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Touch Student Center to provide Angielou with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, nutritious meals, sports, educational field trips, tutoring and hygiene supplies. The center staff will also provide livelihood programs, child development training and skills workshops for the parents or guardians of Angielou.
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: North section of Iloilo city