Thresha makes her home with her father and her mother. Helping in the kitchen and running errands are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Thresha enjoys singing, art and playing with dolls. She attends church activities and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Thresha will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Thresha lives in the coastal community of San Juan, home to approximately 2,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Waray-waray and the most commonly spoken language is Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, cassava, rice and other root crops. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, skin diseases, asthma, flu, fevers and malnutrition. Most adults in San Juan work as fishermen or farmers and earn the equivalent of $48 per month. This community needs educational materials, computer literacy and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of The Good Samaritan Student Center to provide Thresha with Bible studies, medical checkups, hygiene education, nutritious food, field trips and tutoring. The center staff will also provide parenting seminars, Bible studies and family week for the parents or guardians of Thresha.
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: Northwest of Calbayog City