Orliv makes his home with his father and his mother. Caring for animals, helping in the kitchen and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Orliv participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Art, hide-and-seek and running are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Orliv will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Orliv lives on the plains of Poblacion Imelda, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo floors, wood or brick walls and thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, fish, cassava and rice.
Common health problems in this area include flu, colds and diarrhea. Most adults in Poblacion Imelda work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational training centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Imelda New Hope Child Development Center to provide Orliv with Bible teaching, indoor and outdoor games, hygiene education, medical and dental checkups, field trips, reading classes, tutoring and social events. The center staff will also provide livelihood training, Bible studies and counseling for the parents or guardians of Orliv.
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: Northeast of Zamboanga City