Clarisse lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include teaching others, sewing and buying or selling in the market. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Volleyball, singing and art are Clarisse's favorite activities. In college her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class, Vacation Bible School and youth group.
Please remember Clarisse in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Clarisse lives in one of the communities of Kamagyan , Lorega and Canduman, home to approximately 19,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Visaya and the most commonly spoken languages are Visayan and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses, dengue fever, coughs, colds, diarrhea, malnutrition and sexually transmitted diseases. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $64 per month. This community needs educational facilities and substance abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Loving My Neighbor Student Center Project to provide Clarisse with Bible studies, medical and dental checkups, health education, nutritious food, tutoring, vocational training, leadership training and special celebrations. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Clarisse.
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