Indonesian

Indonesian

Indonesian culture has been long been shaped by foreign influences along with indigenous customs. Impoverished Indonesian families in Mandano, for example, usually live in slum communities in small concrete homes with tin roofs.

Indonesia

Manado

  • Many parents of sponsored children work as unskilled agricultural laborers. For this backbreaking work, they earn very little — not nearly enough to adequately provide for their families' basic needs. Many parents of sponsored children work as unskilled agricultural laborers. For this backbreaking work, they earn very little — not nearly enough to adequately provide for their families' basic needs.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Manado's children face many obstacles to growing into healthy, happy, self-sufficient adults. Manado's children face many obstacles to growing into healthy, happy, self-sufficient adults.
  • Children love program activity days at their Compassion centers. Children love program activity days at their Compassion centers.
  • At their Compassion centers, warm and welcoming places, children have the freedom to laugh, play and just be kids. At their Compassion centers, warm and welcoming places, children have the freedom to laugh, play and just be kids.
  • Many homes of poor families in the Manado region are simple, makeshift structures providing little protection against heavy annual rains. Many homes of poor families in the Manado region are simple, makeshift structures providing little protection against heavy annual rains.
 
INDONESIA OVERVIEW

Population

253,609,643

Religion

Islam

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Indonesia's Manado Region Indonesia Overview
  • Around the coastal city of Manado, sustainable employment is hard to find. Many adults work at whatever temporary agricultural or fishing jobs are available.
  • Low-paying jobs mean parents cannot afford to feed their families adequately.
  • Malnutrition is common among children, and in a weakened physical state they are highly susceptible to illness.
  • Instead of going to school, children often work to help their families, collecting and selling firewood, fishing or delivering groceries for a few cents.
  • Most of the parents of Compassion-assisted children have little education. They also have little understanding of good parenting practices, using harsh physical discipline with their children.
  • In despair, parents often turn to gambling or drinking to escape their problems.
  • Children in Manado slums desperately need intervention to avoid growing up and falling into the same cycle of poverty and despair.
LIFE
In Indonesia's Manado Region

Geography & Climate

  • Indonesia is an archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited) and straddling the equator.
  • It is the world’s largest country comprised solely of islands.
  • The biggest islands are Sumatra, Java (the most populous), Bali, Kalimantan (Indonesia’s part of Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), the Nusa Tenggara islands, the Moluccas Islands, and Irian Jaya (also called West Papua), the western part of New Guinea.
  • Indonesia, part of the “ring of fire,” has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world. Java, for example, has 50 active volcanoes.
  • The topography of Indonesia’s islands varies but consists mainly of coastal lowlands. Some of Indonesia’s larger islands (Sumatra and Java, for example) have large interior mountains.
  • Natural disasters, especially earthquakes, are common in Indonesia. On Dec. 26, 2004, a 9.1 to 9.3 magnitude earthquake struck in the Indian Ocean, triggering a large tsunami that devastated many Indonesian islands.
  • Indonesia's climate is tropical with hot and humid weather in lower elevations. In the highlands, temperatures are more moderate.

Economy

Indonesia’s economy centers on agriculture and industry. The main agricultural products include rice, coffee, sugarcane, palm oil, poultry and pork.

Indonesia’s largest industrial products include petroleum, plywood, rubber, textiles and cement.

Indonesia’s economy is helped by its strategic location along major sea lanes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Today Indonesia is a growing tourist hotspot because of its tropical landscape in places such as Bali.

The child labor (ages 5-14) rate stands at 7 percent.

The average annual household income is U.S.$5,000.

The population living below the poverty line is 11.7 percent.

Throughout the country, 16 percent of the population lives on U.S.$1.25 per day or less.

Children at Home

Homes of impoverished families in Manado are typically made of wood or cement blocks, with metal roofs.

Children at home

Each house usually must accommodate several members of an extended family.

A lack of clean sanitation facilities, along with a lack of knowledge about proper hygiene, means that children often suffer from preventable illnesses.

COMMUNITY
Indonesia Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Typically, families in Manado make the equivalent of less than U.S.$110 per month. But with average monthly expenses topping $130, they find it difficult to provide for their children’s basic needs.
  • Because Manado is located at the convergence of three tectonic plates, the city is prone to earthquakes. In 2008 alone, 236 earthquakes above level 4 on the Richter scale were recorded.
  • Flooding and landslides are also a common threat.
  • In Manado’s tropical climate, the mosquito-borne diseases of malaria and dengue fever affect most children.
  • Due to the lack of adequate sanitation, children also suffer from life-threatening bacterial diarrhea and other such illnesses.
Local Needs and Challenges

Environment

For children from impoverished families in Manado, disease and inadequate sanitation put children’s health at great risk.

Health care

Most parents can’t afford medical help when their children become ill.

Natural disasters

Earthquakes, flooding and landslides cause devastation to families living in fragile homes.

Education

With poorly equipped and understaffed public schools, education is inadequate.