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Vilia Tumboimbela  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: January 10, 1998
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: Silo Student Center
  • Child ID: ID2520028
Vilia makes her home with her father and her mother. Washing clothes and making beds are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.

Singing, telling stories and art are Vilia's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends Bible class and youth group.

Please remember Vilia in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Vilia lives in the coastal community of Watuliney, home to approximately 4,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of tile floors, cement walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Minahasa.

The regional diet consists of fish, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases. Most adults in Watuliney work as fishermen or in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $67 per month. This community has electricity but needs educational materials and income-generating activities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Silo Student Center to provide Vilia with Bible studies, nutritious food, vitamins, sports, medical checkups, community service opportunities, outdoor activities, tuition, uniforms, vocational training and English classes. The center staff will also provide skills training, meetings and child protection seminars for the parents or guardians of Vilia.
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: Southeast of Manado

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