Unchalee lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include working at various household chores. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Singing, telling stories and playing house are Unchalee's favorite activities. In kindergarten her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Unchalee will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Unchalee lives in the mountainous community of Bann Mae Jan, home to approximately 2,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated iron roofs. This project operates near the border of Thailand and Burma. Some of the children live in Burma while others live in Thailand.
The regional diet consists of chicken, pork, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include colds, allergies and dengue fever. Most adults in Bann Mae Jan work planting corn and earn the equivalent of $31 per month. This community has electricity but needs vocational skills training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mae Jan Church Child Development Center to provide Unchalee with Bible teaching, physical checkups, health education, nutritious food, sports, special celebrations, tutoring, music clubs, school uniforms and supplies and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Unchalee.
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: South of Tak