Kanlayawat makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for children are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
Rolling a hoop, soccer and playing with cars are Kanlayawat's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is below average and he also regularly attends church activities and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, Kanlayawat will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kanlayawat lives in the mountainous community of Baan Tor Pra De, home to approximately 600 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 bananas, chicken, fish, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include dengue hemorrhagic fever, colds and malaria. Half the adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs professional teachers, vocational training and addiction rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tor Pra De Church Child Development Center to provide Kanlayawat with a Christian education, health education and checkups, nutritious food, opportunities for community service, tutoring, educational materials, tuition and local vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings, vocational training and family day for the parents or guardians of Kanlayawat.
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 Tak