Monruedee lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Monruedee participates in church activities, Bible class and camp. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Volleyball, singing and telling stories are her favorite activities.
Please remember Monruedee in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Monruedee lives in the mountainous community of Ban San Muang, home to approximately 800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Thai and the most commonly spoken languages are Thai and Karen.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, pork, fish, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, skin diseases and pink eye. Most adults work as farmers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $30 per month. This community needs school tuition assistance and a market.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Cheewit-mai Ban San Muang Child Development Center to provide Monruedee with Bible teaching, physical checkups, health education, medical care, nutritious food, birthday parties, school supplies and school transportation fees. The center staff will also provide meetings, special celebrations and community service opportunities for the parents or guardians of Monruedee.
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.
Map of Thailand
Child's Location: Northwest of Chiang Mai