Aubrey lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. Her father is employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing a musical instrument, playing jacks and volleyball are Aubrey's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Aubrey will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Aubrey lives in the hillside community of Purok 26, Bliss Road, Poblacion, Buug, Zamboanga-Sibugay, home to approximately 36,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice. Half of the adults are unemployed but some work as animal herders, day laborers, fishermen, market traders, street vendors, subsistence farmers, in domestic services, in factories or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $334 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bidlisiw Child Care Development Center to provide Aubrey with Bible teaching, Sunday school, discipleship classes, leadership training, health screenings, supplemental food, vaccinations, team building activities, hygiene and health education, community service opportunities, talent development, indoor and outdoor games, peer counseling, mentoring programs, life skills training, educational assistance, vocational training and career guidance.
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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