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The above map shows that most of Indonesia sits just below the equator. It is the world’s most expansive archipelago, stretching over 5000km from East to West (wider than Australia). It comprises 18,000 islands, of which 6000 are inhabited. From West to East, the five main Islands are: Sumatra – 474,000 sq km; Java – 132,000 sq km; Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) – 540,000 sq km; Sulawesi – 202,000 sq km; Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) – 422,000 sq km. The total land area is 1,900,000 sq km (UK 250,000 sq km).


I particularly want to introduce you to the Flores region of Nusa Tenggara Timor (NTT, or in English, East Nusa Tenggara) which is situated within the red box on the map above. The small map opposite enlarges this area, which comprises many volcanic islands – most of them still active!


Flores experiences two seasons - wet and dry. The dry season runs from May to September, and the wet season between October and April. The warm temperatures of this tropical climate range from 28°C to 40°C during the day, throughout the year.

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Flores people are generally curly-haired, darker and taller than other Indonesian tribes, such as those in Java for example. They are friendly and hospitable, but at the same time they stand no nonsense. Komodo Island is the only natural habitat for the ferocious komodo dragons, and it is said the people of Flores inherit some the dragon’s instincts!

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Raphael and his family live in the village of Bungalawan on the slopes of the Ile Boleng volcano. We have just visited this area where it was extremely hot. Raphael runs a small, minimally stocked, kiosk which brings in only a few pounds each month. We would like to purchase a Refrigerator for him, so that he can sell cold drinks and ice-lollies etc. for the villagers. The fridge plus transport (from Surabaya on Java to Adonara Island in Flores) would cost about 7,000,000 Rp (about £440). Donations from many people would turn Raphael’s dream into reality.

Instructions for further donations available from Tony Chamberlain by email –

Funds received so far have enabled Rafael to purchase an excellent Freezer, which is proving a blessing for his tuck-shop business, but also bringing joy and help to many of the children and people in Bungalawan village. The Photos show Rafael and his wife, Wenty, admiring their new asset. We express grateful thanks to all who made this possible.

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Full-time at University, in his final year studying Law in Jakarta.

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Fulltime at University, studying Accountancy in Jakarta
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Full-time student in Kefamenanu, Flores, studying Economics

Any financial help would be greatly appreciated

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If the Lord prompts you to help, please contact us. Thank you.