Waree lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Waree participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Art, playing with dolls and walking are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Waree will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Waree lives in one of the hillside communities of Baan Ruam Thai 1, Baan Ruam Thai 4 and Baan Ruam Thai 3, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tin roofs. The primary ethnic group is Hmong.
The regional diet consists of chicken, pork, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include dengue hemorrhagic fever, colds and diarrhea. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $74 per month. These communities need increased incomes and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ruam Thai Child Development Center to provide Waree with Bible studies, health education, physical checkups, nutritious food, special celebrations, tutoring, vocational training, scholastic materials and community service opportunities. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Waree.
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 Tak