In her home, Marissa helps by carrying water, washing clothes and making beds. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marissa participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and camp. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, swimming and singing are her favorite activities.
Please remember Marissa in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Marissa lives in the coastal community of Dimasalang, home to approximately 26,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups and most commonly spoken languages are Masbateno, Bikolano, Cebuano and Waray.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, fish, bread and cassava. Common health problems in this area include pneumonia, gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Most adults in Dimasalang work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, potable water, garbage disposal, educational materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Patnubay Child Development Center to provide Marissa with Bible teaching, supplemental food, medical and dental check-ups, vaccinations, health and hygiene education, sporting events, community service opportunities, tutoring, school supplies, textbooks and school fees. The center staff will also provide health education, literacy training and Bible studies for the parents or guardians of Marissa.
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: Southeast of Masbate City