Lance makes his home with his father and his grandmother. Carrying water, gardening and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Lance enjoys playing with cars, playing with marbles and playing group games. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Lance in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Lance lives in the coastal community of San Carlos, home to approximately 2,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava and rice.
Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, colds, fevers and malnutrition. Most adults in San Carlos are unemployed but some work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community has electricity but needs potable water, paved roads, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Oasis Child Development Center to provide Lance with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, vaccinations, vitamins, field trips, educational trips, tutoring, and letter writing activities. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and livelihood programs for the parents or guardians of Lance.
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 Dipolog