Achi lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include working at various household chores. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Achi participates in church activities. He is also in pre-school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, walking and running are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Achi to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Achi lives in the hillside community of Mae Had-Namon, home to approximately 1,300 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, bananas, chicken, fish, beef, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include colds and diarrhea. Most adults work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs a central market and substance abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baan Mae Had Child Development Center to provide Achi with Bible teaching, leadership training, physical checkups, nutritious food, field trips, special celebrations, school supplies, tuition, tutoring and English classes. The center staff will also provide sports fellowship for the parents or guardians of Achi.
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: Northwest of Chiang Mai