In her home, Anabella helps by caring for children, making beds and helping in the kitchen. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
Swimming, singing and playing house are Anabella's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Anabella will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Anabella lives in the coastal communities of Barangay IV-Poblacion, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, grass walls and wood roofs. The regional diet consists of fish and rice.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, skin diseases, fevers, coughs and colds. Most adults are unemployed but some work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $33 per month. This community needs tuition assistance and basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, electricity and water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Koinonia Child Development Center to provide Anabella with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, piano and voice lessons, tutoring and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide home visitations and livelihood training for the parents or guardians of Anabella.
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: South of Bacolod