James makes his home with his father and his grandmother. Helping in the kitchen and running errands are his household duties. His father is not employed and his grandmother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
Basketball, swimming and volleyball are James's favorite activities. In high school his performance is below average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, James will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
James lives in Vito Wards Tulay, Tunghaan, Tungkop, Calaioan or Inayagan, home to approximately 62,500 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, bananas, chicken and fish. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, dengue fever, pneumonia and respiratory infections. Most adults are unemployed but some work as laborers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Love and Share Children's Center to provide James 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 James.
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: Southeast of Cebu City