In his home, Phum helps by washing clothes, making beds and helping in the kitchen. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Phum participates in church activities and camp. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing a musical instrument, soccer and swimming are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Phum to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Phum lives in the hillside community of Bang Yang Pattana, Noen Laung and Namlad, home to approximately 1,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Thai.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, pork, fish, vegetables and rice. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases and colds. Most adults work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $61 per month. This community needs vocational training, scholastic materials and drug abuse rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bang Yang Pattana Church Child Development Center to provide Phum with Bible teaching, health checkups, nutritious food, retreats, tutoring, vocational training, computer classes and school uniforms and supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Phum.
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 Phitsanuloke