In his home, Jose Jeronicole helps by carrying water, teaching others and buying or selling in the market. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jose Jeronicole participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, basketball and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Jose Jeronicole to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jose Jeronicole lives in the coastal communities of Santiago, San Pedro, Sta. Lucia, Lumbia, Balangasan, Tuburan, San Jose, Kawit, Lenienza and San Francisco, home to approximately 63,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, leaf or grass walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, diarrhea, skin diseases, asthma, pneumonia and malnutrition. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. These communities have electricity and water but need improved sanitation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pagadian City Child Development Center to provide Jose Jeronicole with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, supplemental food, vitamins, health education, field trips, tutoring and leadership development.
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: In Pagadian City