Pack lives with his stepfather and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water, running errands and cleaning. His stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
For fun, Pack enjoys soccer, walking and bicycling. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Pack will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Pack lives on the plains of Baan Noon Somboon, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Thai.
The regional diet consists of chicken, pork, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include allergies and dengue fever. Most adults in Baan Noon Somboon work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community needs vocational training and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sai Yai Rak Child Development Center to provide Pack with Bible teaching, leadership programs, physical checkups, nutritious food, sports, health education, community service opportunities, tutoring, vocational training and computer skills courses. The center staff will also provide meetings and family camps for the parents or guardians of Pack.
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: Northeast of Udon Thani