Marcel lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Marcel participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and listening to music are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Marcel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Marcel lives in the coastal community of Jerukrejo, home to approximately 5,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Java and the most commonly spoken languages are Indonesian and Javanese.
The regional diet consists of fish, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, typhoid, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Most adults in Jerukrejo work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational training centers, scholastic materials and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of the Kasih Abadi Student Center to provide Marcel with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health screenings, vitamins, field trips, community service opportunities, health education, school fees, tutoring, vocational activities and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide fellowship and educational seminars for the parents or guardians of Marcel.
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: Northwest of Jepara