Wenz lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for gathering firewood, caring for children and caring for animals. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Wenz enjoys basketball, playing with cars and singing. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Wenz in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Wenz lives in the coastal community of Tubod, Isabel, Leyte, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, fish, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include upper respiratory infections, fevers and goiters. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $270 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tubod Foursquare Child Development Center to provide Wenz with Bible studies, games, health education, leadership training, field trips, tutoring and extra-curricular activities. The center staff will also provide parenting training and family day for the parents or guardians of Wenz.
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: West of Ormoc