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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Welcome Fik

Sometimes OurCompassion can be a bad influence I think. I popped on there to find a post about Fik from Indonesia. Being hard of hearing myself I couldn't help adding him to my list of sponsored children. Now I just need to wait patiently for a couple of weeks before he transfers over to my CompassionUK account.

Name: Fik
Birthday: April 30, 2008
Age: 4
Gender: Male
Region: Asia
Country: Indonesia
Program: Ikthus Baru Student Center

Personal and Family Information:
Fik lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Fik works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Fik participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Soccer is his favorite activity.

Fik has partial hearing loss. Please pray for him and be assured that your sponsorship helps him to live a fulfilled life.

Fik lives in the coastal community of Ngalo-Ngalo Baru, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, cassava and rice.

A common health problem in this area is malaria. Most adults in Ngalo-Ngalo Baru work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $78 per month. This community has electricity and clean water but needs libraries, qualified teachers, income-generating skills and reliable public transportation.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ikthus Baru Student Center to provide Fik with Bible studies, nutritious food, medical checkups, sports, music instrument classes, scholastic materials, English classes and computer courses. The center staff will also provide worship services, health and hygiene education and child protection workshops for the parents or guardians of Fik.

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 300 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 1967 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.

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