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Marsela Teresia Sambom  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: January 23, 2009
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: Tunas Harapan Student Center
  • Child ID: ID4210244
    • Child is mentally or physically challenged.
Sela lives with her mother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.

Sela is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities regularly.

Sela is visually impaired. Please pray for her and be assured that your sponsorship helps her to live a fulfilled life.
Sela lives in the hillside community of Potikelek, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and plastic sheet roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Lani.

The regional diet consists of potatoes. Common health problems in this area include respiratory infections and skin diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $55 per month. This community has electricity, clean water and sanitation but needs income-generating activities, reliable public transportation, health education and Bibles.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tunas Harapan Student Center to provide Sela with Bible studies, medical checkups, nutritious food, outdoor activities, sports, reading and writing classes, tuition, tutoring, school supplies and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide devotional services and income-generating seminars for the parents or guardians of Sela.
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: Southwest of Jayapura

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