In his home, John helps by carrying water, caring for animals and running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a church worker. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, John participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Basketball, swimming and singing are his favorite activities.
Please remember John in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
John lives in the coastal community of Maydolong, home to approximately 14,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have nipa shingle roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Waray.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, fish, rice, sweet potatoes and other root crops. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, colds, flu and urinary tract infections. Most adults in Maydolong work as subsistence farmers or fishermen and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs educational materials, employment opportunities, adequate health services and computer literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of UCCP Maydolong Child Development Center to provide John with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health education, immunizations and vaccinations, vitamins, educational field trips, community service opportunities and skills and talent development programs.
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: Southeast of Calbayog City