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Natapon Duangkaew  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: July 16, 1997
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Thailand
  • Center: Baan Mai Sawan Church Child Development Center
  • Child ID: TH3010431
Natapon makes his home with his father and his mother. Teaching others, buying or selling in the market and caring for animals are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Natapon participates in church activities and camp. He is also in vocational training where his performance is average. Ping pong, soccer and singing are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Natapon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Natapon lives in the hillside community of Mai Sawan Village, home to approximately 400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Thai.

The regional diet consists of fish, pork, beans, rice, bananas and chicken. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever and colds. Most adults in Mai Sawan Village work as day laborers or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $156 per month. This community needs employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baan Mai Sawan Church Child Development Center to provide Natapon with Bible teaching, physical checkups, health education, field trips, community service opportunities and tutoring. The center staff will also provide meetings and child rights training for the parents or guardians of Natapon.
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: Southwest of Chiang Mai

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Your support provides:

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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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