Buatong lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, sewing and gardening. There are 4 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
Basketball, volleyball and singing are Buatong's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and youth group.
Please remember Buatong in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Buatong lives in the mountainous community of Baan Jamnoi, home to approximately 500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood with corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Thai and the most commonly spoken languages are Hmong and Karean.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, pork, rice and fish. Common health problems in this area include colds, dermatitis, coughs, allergies and digestive diseases. Half of the adults in Baan Jamnoi are unemployed but some work in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs tuition assistance, a market for their produce and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baan Jamnoi Child Development Center to provide Buatong with Bible teaching, health checkups, supplemental food, health education, special celebrations, educational field trips, tutoring, English classes, vocational training and school supplies.
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