Jullien lives with her grandmother. At home, duties include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for animals. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Basketball, singing and telling stories are Jullien's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Jullien to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Jullien lives in the coastal community of Gatas District, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, grass walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, potatoes and rice.
Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, diarrhea, skin diseases, asthma, pneumonia and malnutrition. Most adults in Gatas District work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs educational materials, employment opportunities and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pagadian City Baptist Church Child Development Center to provide Jullien with Bible teaching, medical checkups, vaccinations, mini Olympics, special gatherings, tutoring, educational field trips, school fees, school supplies and letter writing skills. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, monthly fellowship and marriage counseling for the parents or guardians of Jullien.
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: South of Dipolog