In his home, Phada helps by carrying water, caring for children and making beds. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Phada participates in church activities, youth group and choir. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Rolling a hoop, ping pong and playing with cars are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Phada to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Phada lives in the mountainous community of Tha Ta Fang, home to approximately 600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have thatched roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, pork, fish, beans, rice and bananas.
Common health problems in this area include colds, typhoid fever and malaria. Most adults in Tha Ta Fang are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs teachers, educational materials and stable employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tha Ta Fang Child Development Center to provide Phada with Bible teaching, physical checkups, nutrition education, birthday parties, life skills training, tutoring, educational materials and computer skills training. The center staff will also provide meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Phada.
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