Your sponsored child, Daeng, lives in the Baan Huay Nam Khaw Church Child Development Center. His duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes.
For fun, Daeng enjoys soccer, playing with cars and singing. He attends church activities and camp regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Daeng in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Daeng lives in the mountainous community of Huay Nam Kao Village, home to approximately 2,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Karen.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, beef, rice, chicken, pork and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include colds, fevers, headaches, gastritis and hypertension. Most adults in Huay Nam Kao Village work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $47 per month. This community needs stable incomes and a market place to sell their products.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baan Huay Nam Khaw Church Child Development Center to provide Daeng with Bible teaching, leadership training, physical checkups, health education, nutritious food, educational field trips, language tutoring, vocational skills training, computer courses and choir. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents and guardians of Daeng.
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: South of Chiang Mai