Joshua makes his home with his father and his mother. Teaching others, making beds and helping in the kitchen are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Joshua is not presently attending school. Basketball, art and walking are his favorite activities. He also attends Vacation Bible School, youth group and camp regularly.
Please remember Joshua in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Joshua lives on the plains of Sitio Zapatera, Abellana, City Central, Lubi, Sto. Niño, Basak, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Bisayan and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of fish, vegetables and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, skin diseases, colds, coughs, eye irritation, chicken pox, goiters, mumps, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Most of the adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $40 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Heaven's Joy Student Center to provide Joshua with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, health and nutrition education, group games, reading, writing and math classes and tutoring. The center staff will also provide Bible studies and health and nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Joshua.
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: Central Cebu City