John is a six year old kindergarten student living with his parents and two brothers. The family is constructing their home out of scrap wood when their father is not working for a regular income as a carpenter. John’s mother tries to supplement their income with work doing laundry for neighbors. Their breakfast often consists of bread and coffee and for lunch and dinner the mother serves noodles. The children are malnourished and would benefit from more nutritious food. John is an active and very observant child. He likes to attend Sunday School and participate in the activities. Sponsorship will assure John a brighter future.
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.