John makes his home with his grandfather and his grandmother. Caring for animals, making beds and running errands are his household duties. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, John enjoys playing with cars, playing with marbles and art. He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where his performance is below average.
John has asthma and is receiving regular medical treatment. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.
John lives on the plains of Brgy. Don Jorge Araneta, home to approximately 10,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of fish, rice and vegetables.
Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, asthma, colds, coughs, fevers, flu and malnutrition. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $55 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs food and an improved drainage system.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Buasdamlag Child Development Center to provide John with Bible teaching, medical checkups, vaccinations, supplemental food, health education, field trips, opportunities for community service, tutoring, school supplies and tuition. The center staff will also provide meetings, literacy training and home visits for the parents or guardians of John.
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 Bacolod