Alvincent lives with his father and his mother. His father is not employed and his mother is sometimes employed. Alvincent works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and sewing.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Alvincent participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, basketball and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Alvincent in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Alvincent lives in one of the coastal communities of Dampas, Taloto and Poblacion 11, home to approximately 12,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or bamboo floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Boholanon and the most commonly spoken language is Bisaya.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, cassava, vegetables and rice. Common health problems in this area include asthma, tuberculosis, skin diseases, malnutrition, gastrointestinal problems and pneumonia. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $80 per month. These communities need proper sanitation, law enforcement and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Touch-a-Child Student Center Project to provide Alvincent with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious meals, recreational activities, developmental programs and tutoring. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Alvincent.
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.
Map of Philippines
Child's Location: Southwest section of Tagbilaran City