Ralph makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Ralph enjoys playing a musical instrument, basketball and swimming. He attends church activities, Bible class and youth group regularly and is in additional schooling where his performance is below average.
Your love and support will help Ralph to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Ralph lives on the plains of Brgys. Cogon Ramos, Day-as, and Zapatera, home to approximately 13,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Cebuanos and the most commonly spoken languages are Visayan and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas and fish. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, malnutrition, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, coughs and pneumonia. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $300 per month. These communities need employment opportunities and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Spring of Life Student Center to provide Ralph with Bible studies, medical screening, health and nutrition training, community service opportunities, tutoring and sports. Thirty percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage.
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