Chaiphop makes his home with his father and his mother. Carrying water, caring for children and running errands are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Chaiphop enjoys playing with cars, playing with marbles and art. He attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Chaiphop in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Chaiphop lives in the hillside community of Boon Pae Village, home to approximately 2,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Thai and the most commonly spoken language is Lawa.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, fish, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include hemorrhagic fevers, hypertension and diabetes. Most adults in Boon Pae Village work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $45 per month. This community needs educational materials and permanent employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Love Stream Child Development Center to provide Chaiphop with Bible teaching, health checkups, sports, community service opportunities, English lessons, safety training, tutoring, typing classes and computer courses. The center staff will also provide child protection training, health education, meetings and vocational skills training for the parents or guardians of Chaiphop.
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 Mae Hong Son