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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: July 28, 2003
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Thailand
  • Center: Pattana Chewit Mai Jam Luang Church Child Development Center
  • Child ID: TH9780065
    • Waiting: 183 Days for a sponsor.
I-num lives with her grandfather and her mother. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is employed as a project worker. I-num works at home carrying water, caring for children and caring for animals. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, I-num participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Singing, playing house and art are her favorite activities.

Please remember I-num in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
I-num lives in the hillside community of Baan Jam Laung, home to approximately 400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, bamboo walls and tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Karen.

The regional diet consists of rice, maize, pork and vegetables. A common health problem in this area is typhoid. Most adults in Baan Jam Laung are unemployed but some work as farmers and earn the equivalent of $27 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, a market place for their produce and drug abuse prevention education.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Pattana Chewit Mai Jam Luang Church Child Development Center to provide I-num with Bible teaching, leadership camps, physical checkups, health and nutrition education, field trips, community service opportunities, drug abuse prevention education, language classes and handicraft training. The center staff will also provide home visits and drug abuse prevention education for the parents or guardians of I-num.
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: North of Chiang Mai

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  • Food and clean water
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