No arms, no problem

Sponsored child Joseph was born without two arms but this does not stop him from being the best he can be.


Cebu – Joseph is a 12-year-old boy with a unusual physical condition. He was born with a congenital disorder that causes the absence of one or several limbs. For Joseph, he was born without two arms.


“I was concerned when I learned about my son’s condition after I gave birth to him,” says Amalia, Joseph’s mother. “My husband and I promised to give him our unconditional support.”


Despite having a modest source of income – Joseph’s father accepts casual jobs on road repairs and construction while his mother sells instant noodles and coffee at night – Joseph’s parents make sure that he and his three siblings are well fed and well educated.


In addition to this, Amalia wants Joseph to grow as a confident and skillful child – the reason why she trained him how to do things using his feet.



Today, Joseph eats and writes using his feet. He can also help in cleaning the house.


At school, he is one of the top performing students. He completed primary education earlier in March and will advance to middle school this coming school year.


“I want to become an engineer,” Joseph cheerfully shared. “I don’t want my disability to become a hindrance.”


As a sponsored child of World Vision, Joseph enhances his talents and confidence by attending children’s activities. He is always the star dancer of every event. He also receives school materials every school year.


Joseph joins thousands of children who are given the opportunity to fulfill their dreams because of the generosity of the World Vision sponsors.World Vision/April 16, 2018



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