Precious lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Precious works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for animals. There are 7 children in the family.
Playing with cars, telling stories and reading are Precious's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Precious will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Precious lives in the coastal community of Mandaue, home to approximately 331,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Badjao and the most commonly spoken language is Bisaya.
The regional diet consists of rice. Most adults work as day laborers, street vendors, in domestic services or in factories and earn the equivalent of $107 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, teachers and improved medical services.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mandaue Hope Development Student Center to provide Precious with Bible teaching, Sunday school, health screenings, vaccinations, hygiene and nutrition education, team building activities, indoor and outdoor games, talent development, music classes, service opportunities, life skills training and educational assistance. The center staff will also provide parenting seminars and worship services for the parents or guardians of Precious.
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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