Johan makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Johan participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Johan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Johan lives on the plains of Bataka, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Wayoli.
The regional diet consists of bananas, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, diarrhea and skin diseases. Most adults in Bataka work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $180 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, libraries and income-generating activities training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Theokrasi Student Center to provide Johan with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical checkups, vaccinations, outdoor activities, singing and musical instrument classes, community service opportunities, school fees, English courses, computer classes, scholastic equipment and life skills training. The center staff will also provide health and hygiene seminars for the parents or guardians of Johan.
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.
Map of Indonesia
Child's Location: East of Manado