Bertu lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, caring for children and running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Bertu is not presently attending school. Soccer, swimming and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Bertu will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Bertu lives in the hillside community of Wouma Atas, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Dhani.
The regional diet consists of potatoes. A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Wouma Atas work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $55 per month. This community has clean water and sanitation but needs reliable public transportation, income-generating activities and adult literacy.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Elim Wouma Atas Student Center to provide Bertu with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, vitamins, outdoor activities, sports, community service opportunities, tutoring, tuition, school supplies, school uniforms and reading and writing classes. The center staff will also provide income generating seminars and devotional services for the parents or guardians of Bertu.
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: Southwest of Jayapura