Chayawut lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, caring for animals and making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Chayawut participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Ping pong, soccer and basketball are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Chayawut will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Chayawut lives in the forested community of Ban Nong Waeng, home to approximately 800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Thai.
The regional diet consists of chicken, pork, beef, rice and bananas. Common health problems in this area include colds. Most adults in Ban Nong Waeng work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $203 per month. This community needs a secondary school, tutoring, vocational training and a market.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Namsom Mercy of Christ Child Development Center to provide Chayawut with Bible teaching, physical checkups, sports, health education, special celebrations, community conservation education, vocational skills, educational field trips and English camps. The center staff will also provide family camps for the parents or guardians of Chayawut.
Thailand's central region is a rich agricultural area known as Asia's rice bowl. The northeast is poor, subject to seasonal droughts or floods, while the north has forested mountains and fertile valleys. Rain forests fill the south. Monsoons, high temperatures and humidity dominate Thailand's tropical climate. A major tsunami in December 2004 claimed 8,500 lives in Thailand and caused massive destruction of property in the southern provinces.
Compassion works mainly among the Karen, Lisu and Lahu tribes. The Karen of western Thailand are rice farmers, although some are mahouts - keepers and drivers of elephants that haul logs in the teak forests. The Karen are environmentalists, protective of the forest. Many Karen are Christian. The Lisu live in remote villages at high altitudes largely concentrated in northern Thailand. The Lahu, mountain people of northern Thailand, farm rice and maize and hunt with poisoned arrows. The majority of the country's population is Buddhist; less than 1 percent is Christian.
Founded in the 13th century, Thailand is the only country in south and southeast Asia never colonized by a European power. Since 1975, Thailand has provided asylum for refugees from communist Indochina. For its aid, Thailand has received acclaim from international organizations supporting refugee relief. In 2006, the elected government of Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown by a military coup. Martial law was partially revoked in January 2007, and HM Bhurnibol Adulyadej now serves as the official head of state.
Map of Thailand
Child's Location: Southwest of Udon Thani