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Anecito 

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Philippines

Birthday

April 7, 2005

Age

Age: 19

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Boy

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John Rey 

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Philippines

Birthday

December 11, 2011

Age

Age: 12

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Boy

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Angel 

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Philippines

Birthday

May 9, 2013

Age

Age: 11

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Girl

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JR 

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Philippines

Birthday

March 7, 2021

Age

Age: 3

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Boy

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Meet Anecito

Anecito is 19 years old and lives in Philippines.

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Country: Philippines

Birthday: April 7, 2005 (19 years old)

Gender: Boy

I live with my mother and father in the Dauis area. The primary language where I live is English. My father is sometimes employed as a fisher. At home, the chores and duties I'm responsible for are animal care, carrying water, childcare and cleaning. I like ball games, basketball, marbles and running. My favourite activities at church are Youth Group, Bible class and camp. My favourite activities at the centre are learning about God, singing songs, listening to Bible stories and playing games. I am not attending school because I am waiting for there to be a vacancy at my school.

Anecito's Country Details

The country of the Philippines is famously made up of over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Only about 2,000 of those islands are inhabited. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila, which is located on Luzon, the largest island in the northern region of the country. The climate is usually hot, humid, and rainy. The Philippines is known for its warm beaches, majestic volcanoes, and its traditions of strong family loyalty and warm hospitality.

The Philippines is an ethnically diverse country, and the islands have been the crossroads of many cultures from across Asia and a wide diversity of local Indigenous tribes. Though Filipino (Tagalog) and English are the country’s two official languages, over 120 languages are spoken in the Philippines.

The country was colonized by Spain for over 300 years before being ceded to the United States in 1898. During the Second World War, the Philippines was occupied by Japan before gaining its independence in 1946. Since the toppling of an authoritarian dictatorship under Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s, the country has experienced relative political stability and economic growth. Yet, much inequality remains, with extreme wealth and extreme poverty existing simultaneously in the country.

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Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships—while giving them the opportunity to hear about and experience the love of Jesus from caring local church staff and volunteers.

How does sponsorship help kids?

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Formal and non-formal educational opportunities Compassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
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Health care, hygiene training and supplementary food Kids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.
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The love and support of a local church and the opportunity to hear about Jesus Because Compassion partners with local churches, children are connected to a local Christian community where they have the opportunity to hear the gospel from caring church staff and volunteers.
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Personal attention, guidance and love Children are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

Is sponsorship still relevant during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis?

During the pandemic, we saw firsthand the impact of crises on children in poverty. We also saw how powerful sponsorship can be in equipping local churches to respond in specific, effective and life-changing ways. As we continue to see multifaceted crises impacting children around the world, we know that the need for sponsorship remains urgent. We are more confident than ever that your commitment to sponsorship truly allows children, families and communities to be deeply known, loved and protected through it all.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they know the names and faces of the children in their community and can best understand and respond to their challenges. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need with compassion and through the love of God.

We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve. In this way the physical, spiritual, emotional and relational needs for children are met as they are empowered to overcome poverty in all its forms.

Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Absolutely not! We encourage children and families of all faiths and backgrounds to register in our programs and would never require or coerce anyone to convert to Christianity.

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At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!