In her home, Araya helps by carrying water, caring for animals and cleaning. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Araya participates in church activities and camp. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Please remember Araya in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Araya lives in the hillside community of Hau Mae Kham Kana-an, home to approximately 1,100 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, bamboo walls and thatched roofs. The primary ethnic groups are Lahu, Akha and Lisu and the most commonly spoken language is Lahu.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, pork, rice, bananas and chicken. Common health problems in this area include colds and rashes. Most adults in Hau Mae Kham Kana-an work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $47 per month. This community needs a secondary school, vocational training and a health center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hau Mae Kham Church Child Development Center to provide Araya with Bible teaching, physical checkups, dental care, sports, drug prevention programs, field trips, community service opportunities, tutoring and vocational training. The center staff will also provide special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Araya.
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 Rai