Your sponsored young man, Suchat, lives in the Tan Pra Porn Child Development Center. His duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes.
For fun, Suchat enjoys rolling a hoop, soccer and art. He attends church activities and camp regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Suchat will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Suchat lives on the plains of Yunyom, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic group is Thai and the most commonly spoken language is Karen.
The regional diet consists of chicken, pork, rice, vegetables and fish. Common health problems in this area include colds, malaria and hemorrhagic fever. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs vocational training, tuition assistance and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tan Pra Porn Child Development Center to provide Suchat with Bible teaching, choir, physical checkups, health and nutrition education, nutritious food, sports, field trips, special celebrations, Karen language classes, tutoring and skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings, fellowship and family camp for the parents or guardians of Suchat.
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: Southwest of Mae Hong Son