Your sponsored child, Dunyawat, lives in the Mae O Children's Hostel. His duties include washing clothes and cleaning.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dunyawat participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer and walking are his favorite activities.
Please remember Dunyawat in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Dunyawat lives in the mountainous community of Mae O Village, home to approximately 700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic groups and languages are Thai, Northern Thai and Karen.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish and rice. A common health problem in this area is the common cold. Most adults in Mae O Village work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, qualified teachers, electricity, improved roads and Karen cultural programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mae O Children's Hostel to provide Dunyawat with Bible teaching, nutritious food, physical checkups, sports, special celebrations, field trips, tutoring, vocational training, typing classes and music courses. The center staff will also provide meetings, community service opportunities and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Dunyawat.
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: West of Chiang Mai