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Shaira Joyce Castañares  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: August 1, 1997
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Philippines
  • Center: Child's Light Student Center
  • Child ID: PH9250147
Shaira lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. Shaira works at home carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen.

For fun, Shaira enjoys ping pong, swimming and volleyball. She attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in college where her performance is above average.

Because of your sponsorship, Shaira will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Shaira lives on the plains of Brgy. Cansohong or Talisay City, home to approximately 170,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo 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 maize, beans, chicken and fish. Common health problems in this area include pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition. Most adults work selling handicrafts or as bicycle drivers and earn the equivalent of $43 per month. These communities need schools, qualified teachers and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Child's Light Student Center to provide Shaira with Bible teaching, medical care, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, tuition, tutoring, vocational training and field trips. The center staff will also provide educational workshops and meetings for the parents or guardians of Shaira.
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: Southwest of Cebu City

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

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  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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