Supakit makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water and gathering firewood are his household duties. His father is employed and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Supakit participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Playing with marbles and bicycling are his favorite activities.
Please remember Supakit in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Supakit lives in the mountainous community of Ban Klang, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Chinese, Akha and Lahu.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish, pork, beans, rice, bananas and chicken. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, colds and pink eye. Most adults in Ban Klang work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $33 per month. This community needs vocational training, stable employment opportunities and drug abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ban Klang Church Child and Youth Development Center to provide Supakit with Bible studies, physical checkups, health education, special celebrations, community development opportunities, language tutoring, field trips and vocational skills training. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and meetings for the parents or guardians of Supakit.
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 Rai