Dexter lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Dexter works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for animals. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Dexter enjoys basketball, playing with cars and singing. He attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and choir regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Dexter in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Dexter lives in one of the coastal communities of Brgy. 02, Brgy. 04, Brgy. 05 or Brgy. Cabay, home to approximately 4,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, grass walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice, fish, root crops and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, dental cavities and malnutrition. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. These communities need electricity, vocational courses and livelihood training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Balangkayan UCCP Child Development Center to provide Dexter with Bible teaching, dental and medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, tutoring, educational field trips and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide literacy training for the parents or guardians of Dexter.
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: Southeast of Calbayog City