In her home, Som-oo helps by carrying water. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing house, art and hide-and-seek are Som-oo's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Som-oo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Som-oo lives in the hillside community of Pak Chom, home to approximately 3,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, guinea pig, fish, beef and rice.
Common health problems in this area include respiratory illnesses and gastrointestinal diseases. Most adults in Pak Chom work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs scholastic materials and local employment opportunities after the harvest.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pak Chom Church Child Development Center to provide Som-oo with Bible teaching, health checkups, sports, health education, literacy courses, vocational training, music class, school uniforms and nutritious lunches. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Som-oo.
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: North of Loei