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Jerson Lira Jr  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: April 5, 2008
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Philippines
  • Center: Salagan Child Care Project
  • Child ID: PH8650226
Jerson lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.

For fun, Jerson enjoys basketball, singing and telling stories. He attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where his performance is average.

Please remember Jerson in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jerson lives in the coastal community of Balangkayan, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood or bamboo floors, grass walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Samareño and the most commonly spoken language is Waray-waray.

The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections, diarrhea, malnutrition and dental decay. Most adults in Balangkayan work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. This community has electricity, water and garbage collection but needs computer literacy training, libraries, employment opportunities and access to higher education.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Salagan Child Care Project to provide Jerson with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health and hygiene education, supplemental food, vaccinations, community service opportunities, educational field trips, tuition, school supplies, tutoring, uniforms and computer classes.
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

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Your support provides:

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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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