Alis is an active and joyful young girl living with her parents, one brother and one sister in a hill region of Thailand. Her parents farm government land on the hillside. They finished grade nine in high school. They are now in debt and paying high interest after 3-4 years of drought and irregular weather. They struggle to make a daily living because they are dependent on crops to sell. The family lives in a wood house with the bathroom on the outside. In the village there is a small convenient shop and a health care center. Families in this area struggle with issues associated with crime, gangs, drugs or alcoholism. It is a dangerous place for young children, especially girls. With support Alis may be able to realize her dream of becoming a teacher when she receives educational support, regular healthcare, and Bible studies at the childcare center.
New Hope Child Development Center
The New Hope Child Development Center helps children develop in a holistic manner. Practical trainings on cooking, home gardening and animal-raising are taught to hostel students. The program also conducts seminars and conferences for parents to increase their knowledge, develop their parental skills, strengthen spouse relationships, and increase awareness of sickness and disease prevention. Most importantly, the children are taught Scripture on a weekly basis, and also learn about God through Bible camps that are conducted each year.
Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, and many people also believe in the spiritual realm. Children from poor families go to state-run schools where teaching is sub-standard. Their parents normally have little education and cannot be relied upon to help them. School children seldom reach the ninth grade and most end up working in family farms. Since the people have very low or no education, they lack basic knowledge of life skills like personal hygiene, household management, family planning and balancing budgets.