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Mardi Funai  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: March 30, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Indonesia
  • Center: MDC Bone Student Center
  • Child ID: IO5360058
    • Waiting: 333 Days for a sponsor.
Mardi makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.

Mardi is not presently attending school. Art, running and playing group games are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities regularly.

Your love and support will help Mardi to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Mardi lives in the mountainous communities of Banbiu, Desa Bone, Kecamatan Nekamese Kabupaten Kupgang, home to approximately 1,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Timor Dawan.

The regional diet consists of maize and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, diarrhea and malaria. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $6 per month. This community needs literacy programs, tuition assistance, employment opportunities and vocational skills training.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of MDC Bone Student Center to provide Mardi with Bible studies, retreats, medical checkups, sports, supplemental food, health education, character building activities, leadership training and tutoring in reading and writing. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Mardi.
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: South of Kupang

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