In her home, Arlene helps by carrying water and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Arlene participates in Vacation Bible School. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and art are her favorite activities.
Please remember Arlene in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Arlene lives in the mountainous community of Poblacion Mahaplag, home to approximately 5,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava and rice.
Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, fevers, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Most adults in Poblacion Mahaplag work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs vocational/technical schools, food and stable sources of income.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mahaplag Child Wholistic Development Center to provide Arlene with Bible studies, supplemental food, outdoor games, hygiene education, community service opportunities, talent development and musical instrument courses. None of the children in this project are currently attending school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide Bible lessons, health and nutrition education and responsible parenting training for the parents or guardians of Arlene.
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: Southeast of Ormoc City