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Jonatan Rafael Penu  

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  • Age: 8
  • Birthday: November 4, 2005
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: Tumou Tou Student Center
  • Child ID: ID2480151
    • Waiting: 268 Days for a sponsor.
Natan lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Natan participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars and playing ball games are his favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Natan to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Natan lives in the mountainous community of Tondegesan, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, bamboo walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Minahasa.

The regional diet consists of fish, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhus. Most adults in Tondegesan work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $72 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, schools and increased incomes.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tumou Tou Student Center to provide Natan with Bible studies, sports, nutritious food, games, tutoring, tuition and books. The center staff will also provide counseling for the parents or guardians of Natan.
Indonesia consists of 17,000 islands along the equator between Australia and Asia. The larger islands have central mountain ranges and fertile plains and lowlands. The climate is tropical with a rainy season from October to April.

The country squeezes a population nearly the size of the United States into a landmass roughly triple the size of Texas; it has the fourth largest population in the world. Indonesia is also a diverse nation with many resources. More than 300 languages are spoken but the most common is Bahasa Indonesia. Islam claims 90 percent of Indonesians; however, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and animism are also practiced.

When Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492, he sought a new route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The Portuguese arrived in the sixteenth century but in 1602 the Dutch began slowly gaining control of the islands. Following Japanese occupation during World War II, the country, led by Sukarno, proclaimed independence in 1945. Suharto ousted Sukarno in 1967 and held the presidency of the military-controlled republic until 1998, when a collapsing economy fueled riots and demands for reforms. In 2001, the country elected a female leader, President Megawati Sukarnoputri.



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Child's Location: South of Manado

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