Kawin lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. Kawin works at home carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others.
For fun, Kawin enjoys soccer, basketball and playing with cars. He attends church activities and camp regularly and is in middle school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Kawin will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kawin lives in the mountainous community of Bann Mae Hae Neau, home to approximately 600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. The primary ethnic group is Karen and the most commonly spoken language is Thai.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, fish, pork and rice. Common health problems in this area include colds, pneumonia, skin diseases and hypertension. Most adults in Bann Mae Hae Neau work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs tuition assistance and a market place to sell crops.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mae Hae Neau Church Child Development Center to provide Kawin with Christian education, physical checkups, sports, health education, nutritious food, community service opportunities, birthday celebrations, field trips, tutoring, school supplies and life skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings and field trips for the parents or guardians of Kawin.
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: Northwest of Chiang Mai