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  • Age: 12
  • Birthday: January 27, 2003
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Thailand
  • Center: Yong Thai Church Child Development Center
  • Child ID: TH3710046
Arlong makes his home with his grandfather and his grandmother. Carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning are his household duties. His grandfather is not employed and his grandmother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Arlong participates in church activities, Bible class and camp. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with marbles, hide-and-seek and playing group games are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Arlong will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Arlong lives in the mountainous community of Ban Santisuk, home to approximately 1,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Chinese, Wa Lahu, Aka and Lisu.

The regional diet consists of pork, potatoes and chicken. A common health problem in this area is the common cold. Most adults in Ban Santisuk work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs vocational skills training.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Yong Thai Church Child Development Center to provide Arlong with Bible teaching, physical checkups, exercises, language tutoring and home visits. The center staff will also provide home visits, fun family activities and worship opportunities for the parents or guardians of Arlong.
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

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
  • Health and hygiene training
  • Educational assistance
  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • Mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.