Toufan lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for running errands. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Toufan participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is below average. Swimming, art and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Toufan will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Toufan lives on the plains of Sudiroprajan, home to approximately 2,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, block walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Javanese.
The regional diet consists of rice, cassava and soybeans. Half the adults in Sudiroprajan are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $78 per month. This community needs qualified teachers and better job opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Debora Student Center to provide Toufan with Bible studies, cell groups, Bible camps, revival meetings, nutritious food, vitamins, health examinations, sports, scouting programs, tutoring, English courses, computer classes, leadership and handicraft training. The center staff will also provide retreats, seminars and fellowship for the parents or guardians of Toufan.
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: In Surakarta