In his home, Tianchai helps by carrying water. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Tianchai enjoys walking, playing ball games and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities regularly and is in kindergarten where his performance is average.
Please remember Tianchai in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Tianchai lives in the hillside community of Huay Nam Nak Village, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, bamboo walls and grass or leaf roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, colds and fevers. Most adults in Huay Nam Nak Village work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $67 per month. This community needs tuition assistance and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Huay Nam Nak Church Child Development Center to provide Tianchai with Bible teaching, choir, physical checkups, sports, community service opportunities, language classes, music courses and life skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings, special celebrations and positive discipline training for the parents or guardians of Tianchai.
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 Tak