In his home, Nando helps by caring for children and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 10 children in the family.
Art and playing group games are Nando's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Nando will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Nando lives on the plains of Yabansay, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of fish and rice.
A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Yabansay work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $106 per month. This community has electricity, clean water and sanitation but needs vocational training, employment opportunities, income-generating training and health clinics for children.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Syalom Student Center to provide Nando with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, sports, dancing and music classes, English courses, tuition, school uniforms, scholastic materials and life skills training. The center staff will also provide income-generating skills, cooking classes and worship services for the parents or guardians of Nando.
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: West of Jayapura