Florence lives with her grandfather and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. Her grandfather is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
Swimming, singing and telling stories are Florence's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Please remember Florence in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Florence lives in the coastal community of Poblacion, home to approximately 7,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups and most commonly spoken languages are Masbateno and Cebuano.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, fish, bread and cassava. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, colds, coughs, the flu and diarrhea. Most adults in Poblacion work as fishermen and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs potable water, improved sanitation, tuition assistance and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Precious Child Development Program to provide Florence with Bible teaching, nutritious food, physical exercises, medical and dental checkups, tutoring, music contests and teamwork development. The center staff will also provide Bible studies, skills training and family retreats for the parents or guardians of Florence.
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 Masbate City