Laras lives with her father and her mother. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Laras works at home helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
Swimming, singing and art are Laras's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Laras will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Laras lives on the plains of Sampangan, home to approximately 64,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and 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 dengue fever and typhus. Most adults in Sampangan work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $72 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs an improved education system, food, clothing, clean water and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tanda Kasih Student Center to provide Laras with Bible teaching, choir, health checkups, sports, nutritious food and milk, field trips, tuition, scholastic materials, uniforms, shoes, socks and educational classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, vocational training and health education for the parents or guardians of Laras.
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: Southern Semarang