Dechawat lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include working at various household chores. There are 2 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Dechawat participates in church activities. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Walking and playing ball games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Dechawat to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Dechawat lives on the plains of Phabath Sub district, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and the most commonly spoken language is Thai.
The regional diet consists of fish, beans, bananas, chicken, pork, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds and fevers. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $121 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, stable employment and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Puea Chewit Tee Dee Gua (Better Life) Child Development Center to provide Dechawat with Bible teaching, nutritious food, physical and dental checkups, sports, field trips, community service opportunities, tutoring, computer courses, music classes, tuition and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings, family camp and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Dechawat.
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: South section of Lampang