Santi lives with her father. She is responsible for washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Santi enjoys bicycling and reading. She attends Bible class and youth group regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Santi will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Santi lives in the coastal community of Tegalombo, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood 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, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include dysentery, tuberculosis, typhoid and dengue fever. Most adults in Tegalombo work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $72 per month. This community has electricity and medical facilities but needs tuition assistance, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pamerdi Siwi Student Center to provide Santi with Bible teaching, nutritious food, vitamins, health screenings, community service opportunities, field trips, school fees, tutoring, scholastic materials and vocational training. The center staff will also provide monthly fellowship and health and family development seminars for the parents or guardians of Santi.
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: North of Pati