Chathapol lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Ping pong, soccer and swimming are Chathapol's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Your love and support will help Chathapol to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Chathapol lives in the mountainous community of Maeyangha, home to approximately 800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tile roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, rice, beans, bananas and chicken. Common health problems in this area include colds and diarrhea. Most adults in Maeyangha Community work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $67 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, vocational training and a central market.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bo Kaew Child Development Center to provide Chathapol with Bible studies, physical checkups, health education, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, tutoring, school supplies, computer classes, scholastic materials and school bus fees. The center staff will also provide meetings and child protection training for the parents or guardians of Chathapol.
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.
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Child's Location: Northwest of Chiang Mai