Papusoo lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, washing clothes and making beds. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
For fun, Papusoo enjoys soccer, swimming and singing. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Papusoo in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Papusoo lives on the plains of Nong Bua, home to approximately 2,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, bamboo walls and thatched roofs. This project operates near the border of Thailand and Burma. Some of the children live in Burma while others live in Thailand.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken, fish, beef, maize, pork and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, colds, diarrhea and hemorrhagic fever. Most adults in Nong Bua work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $63 per month. This community has clean water and electricity but needs stable employment opportunities and Thai citizenship.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nong Bua Church Child Development Center to provide Papusoo with Bible studies, physical checkups, supplemental food, community service opportunities, tutoring, computer courses and school fees and supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings and child care training for the parents or guardians of Papusoo.
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 Tak