Eric lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Eric works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. There are 6 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Eric participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, singing and telling stories are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Eric will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Eric lives in the coastal community of Barangay Tiguib, home to approximately 3,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors and thatched walls. The regional diet consists of bananas.
Common health problems in this area are caused by waterborne diseases. Most adults in Barangay Tiguib are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $111 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, vocational training courses, employment opportunities, food and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Genesis Child Development Center to provide Eric with Bible studies, health monitoring, hygiene education, outdoor activities, tutoring, supplemental food and academic support. The center staff will also provide responsible parenting seminars for the parents or guardians of Eric.
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: North of Dumaguete