In his home, Marlon helps by carrying water and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marlon participates in Vacation Bible School, youth group and camp. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, volleyball and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Marlon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marlon lives in the hillside community of Kelurahan Oepura, home to approximately 11,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and zinc roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Timor, Sabu, Rote, Sumba and Flores.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and respiratory diseases. Most adults in Kelurahan Oepura work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $56 per month. This community needs access to clean water, proper sanitation, tuition assistance and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Anak-Anak Raja Student Center to provide Marlon with Bible studies, medical exams and treatment, hygiene and health education, nutritious meals, tuition, scholastic materials, tutoring and library visits. The center staff will also provide parenting classes for the parents or guardians of Marlon.
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: South of Kupang