Edwin lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Edwin works at home carrying water, washing clothes and making beds.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Edwin participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is below average. Soccer, basketball and singing are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Edwin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Edwin lives on the plains of Dungon B, home to approximately 4,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, bamboo walls and nipa roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Ilonggo and Hiniray-an and the most commonly spoken languages are Hiligaynon and Aklanon.
The regional diet consists of chicken, fish, pork, vegetables and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, coughs, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections and urinary tract infections. Most adults in Dungon B work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $135 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pag-Ulikid Student Center to provide Edwin with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, nutritious food, health education, field trips, educational materials and tutoring. The center staff will also provide family life enhancement activities for the parents or guardians of Edwin.
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 section of Iloilo City