Melan lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include caring for children, making beds and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home.
For fun, Melan enjoys singing, art and reading. She attends choir regularly and is in middle school where her performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Melan to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Melan lives on the plains of Kambajawa, home to approximately 12,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Sumba Timur and the most commonly spoken language is Indonesian.
The regional diet consists of fish and rice. Most adults in Kambajawa are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sola Gratia Student Center to provide Melan with Bible teaching, Sunday school, picnics, health screenings, supplemental food, indoor and outdoor games, talent development, hygiene and health education, community service opportunities, livelihood skills development, peer counseling, mentoring programs, educational assistance, life skills training, computer classes and educational field trips.
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 Waingapu