Ryan makes his home with his father. Carrying water, teaching others and sewing are his household duties. His father is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ryan participates in church activities, youth group and camp. He is also in college where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, ping pong and basketball are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Ryan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ryan lives in Iloilo City, home to approximately 515,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ilonggo and the most commonly spoken language is Hiligaynon.
The regional diet consists of fish, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, skin diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis, gastrointestinal illnesses, colds, coughs and flu. Most adults in Iloilo City work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, food, clothing and improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Faith Student Center to provide Ryan with Bible teaching, dental checkups, health and hygiene education, supplemental food, sports, field trips, computer literacy and skills training. The center staff will also provide skills training, classes in health, hygiene, family management and budgeting for mothers and men's fellowship for the parents or guardians of Ryan.
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: Southwest section of Iloilo City