In her home, Erika helps by washing clothes, making beds and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Erika enjoys volleyball, listening to music and running. She attends Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Erika will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Erika lives on the plains of Krobokan, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Java and the most commonly spoken language is Javanese.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, skin diseases and dengue fever. Half the adults in Krobokan are unemployed but some work in factories or as housekeepers and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs secondary schools, vocational education, food and housing opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Alfa Omega Student Center to provide Erika with Bible teaching, medical check-ups, nutritious meals, recreational activities, visits to the orphanage, tuition, school supplies, shoes, computer classes and math lessons. The center staff will also provide workshops on health education, vocational training and meetings for the parents or guardians of Erika.
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.
Map of Indonesia
Child's Location: West of Semarang