Thanakorn lives with his grandmother. His grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer. Thanakorn works at home working at various household chores. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Thanakorn enjoys swimming, singing and walking. He attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Thanakorn will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Thanakorn lives in the hillside community of Bann Mae Aok Hoo, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, bamboo walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Karen.
The regional diet consists of fish, beans, rice, chicken and pork. Common health problems in this area include colds, malaria and hemorrhagic fever. Half the adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $83 per month. This community needs educational materials, vocational training and tuition assistance.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bann Mae Aok Hoo Church Child Development Center to provide Thanakorn with Bible teaching, sports, opportunities for community service, Thai language classes, educational materials, drawing, painting and music instruction. The center staff will also provide social events and parenting education for the parents or guardians of Thanakorn.
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: South of Tak