Richad makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Richad enjoys playing with cars, playing ball games and bicycling. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Richad will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Richad lives on the plains of Karya Baru, home to approximately 8,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Chinese, Dayak and Malay.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea and dengue fever. Most adults in Karya Baru work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $150 per month. This community has electricity, clean water and sanitation but needs reading materials, employment opportunities and reliable public transportation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Karya Baru Student Center to provide Richad with Bible teaching, special celebrations, medical checkups, nutritious food, sports, outdoor activities, community service opportunities, singing and dancing classes, school fees, scholastic materials, academic support, life skills training and handicraft classes. The center staff will also provide child protection seminars and worship services for the parents or guardians of Richad.
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: In Pontianak