Andreas lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Soccer, volleyball and reading are Andreas's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends Bible class, youth group and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Andreas will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Andreas lives in the coastal community of Ujungwatu, home to approximately 5,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, cement or brick 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 rice. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, dengue fever, tuberculosis and lung infections. Most adults in Ujungwatu work as fishermen or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational training centers, tuition assistance, employment opportunities and food.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Siwi Peni Student Center to provide Andreas with Bible studies, nutritious food, vitamins, health screenings, community service opportunities, field trips, health education, school fees, scholastic materials, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide monthly fellowship for the parents or guardians of Andreas.
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: Northeast of Jepara