We have decided to provide an annual update on the children from Labuan Bajo who are being sponsored by Australian friends of the mission. So this is the 2016 update. This year is a milestone for our sponsorship program in that we now sponsor 13 primary and secondary school children. All of these children and their families are very poor. Of the 13 children, the fathers of five children are deceased and another two children have been abandoned by their fathers. The remaining six children are also from very poor families in which the fathers of the children either have a permanent disability and cannot work or have very little education and thus are payed very poorly. Thanks to our sponsors in Australia, all of the children are now receiving a primary and secondary education which, prior to sponsorship, was not possible. An education is crucial for the people of Labuan Bajo, such as to make it possible for them to be lifted from poverty.
A common practice within families in Labuan Bajo is to give their children a shortened name of endearment. Where possible we have provided these names of endearment in parentheses after their full name. These shortened names are the names they are normally accustomed to. The majority of these images were taken during our visit to the mission in early March this year.
Next time we will publish some unpublished archival material dating back to last year when Fr Richard Ho Lung (Founder) visited Australia. See you then and keep well, Blessings to all!
Trevor and Tina
Aprilia Noni Alvarez (known as Cindy): March 2016
Thomas Devon Spikecarloisman (known as Devon) has entered seminary school to train for the priesthood: March 2016
Elfridus Sumryanto Lodan (known as Fik, pronounced Vik): March 2016
Viktorius Apriano Lodan (known as Pio, brother of Fik): March 2016
Frumensius Wolthardus Nqquwa (known as Frend) with Mum and younger sister Merlen: March 2016
Georgius Musa Sentosa (known as Giu) with Mum and baby sister Faustina: March 2016
Melania Evarista Kurniati Nado (known as Melani) with grandparents: March 2016
Remigius Saktiano Noko Beme (known as Tian) with his Mum: March 2016
Fransiska Artyanti Mami (known as Tanti) with Mum and Dad: March 2016
Maria Kristin Putri Mami (known as Putri, older sister of Tanti) with Mum and Dad: March 2016
Stanislaus Ajo Wea (known as Stan) with Mum and two younger siblings: May 2016