Benjie is a young boy living in the Philippines. His father is a fisherman who spends his day diving through the coral to catch fish and collecting seashells to sell. Unfortunately, his father is not on a permanent crew and does not make enough to support his family. The income they do have goes towards Benjie’s younger brother who has medical issues and paying off their debt. Benjie lives in a house made of plywood and coral, and the roof is made of leaves. The area where Benjie lives has a high rate of alcoholism and there are very few places for children to play safely. Benjie is a smart child and enjoys writing. However, he has trouble pronouncing words. He loves to play ball and dreams of being a police officer. Thank you for giving this child a safe place to play, eat, and learn about Jesus.
Inter-Island Child Development Center
The Inter-Island Child Development Center is sharing the love of Christ to children in need. At the center, children receive wholesome meals, medical care, vitamins, educational assistance and various other benefits. The center staff is there to mentor, teach and disciple these children in their walks with Christ. This is done through weekly Bible studies, Sunday School classes, and devotions led by the center staff. Children also receive special gifts during birthdays and Christmas time that are funded by our sponsors.
The Philippines is a country that consists of over 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia. It has many active volcanoes and its location and torrential rainfall means that several areas are prone to flooding, typhoons and cyclones. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic, but some people are superstitious and still practice animism. Poverty, alcoholism and widespread drug use plagues their communities. This has led to broken families and abandoned children. There are few consistent job opportunities as well, making it difficult for parents to provide for their families.