Justine lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for children. His father is employed and his mother is employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Justine enjoys basketball, art and walking. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Justine because he has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Justine lives in the coastal community of Bonifacio Drive, home to approximately 495,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, plywood or cement walls and galvanized roofs. The primary ethnic group is Ita-Hiligaynon.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, flu, colds, malnutrition and upper respiratory tract infections. Most adults in Bonifacio Drive work as clerks or laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community has water and electricity available but needs employment opportunities and vocational courses.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bethel Temple Student Center to provide Justine with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, supplemental food, hygiene classes, sporting events, tuition, tutoring, educational field trips, scholastic materials and vocational courses.
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: Southwest section of Iloilo City