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Merlin Imelda Akailupa  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: March 19, 2007
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: Sufa Manekat Student Center
  • Child ID: IO4860171
    • Waiting: 334 Days for a sponsor.
Merlin lives with her uncle. Her uncle is employed. Merlin works at home carrying water and running errands. There are 2 children in the family.

Rolling a hoop and hide-and-seek are Merlin's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Merlin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Merlin lives in the hillside community of Niki-Niki, home to approximately 2,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Timor Tribe and the most commonly spoken language is Dawan.

The regional diet consists of maize. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and malaria. Most adults in Niki-Niki work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $33 per month. This community needs clean water, employment opportunities, vocational training and scholastic materials.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sufa Manekat Student Center to provide Merlin with Bible studies, supplemental food, medical checkups, hygiene education, sports, educational classes and talent development. The center staff will also provide child development seminars and hygiene education for the parents or guardians of Merlin.
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 700 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 1968 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: East of Kupang

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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