This lovely and obedient young girl lives with her parents, one brother and three sisters in a hill region of Thailand. Areewan’s parents are farmers but do not own their own land so must pay interest on loans when their crops are poor. And feeding a family of seven is a struggle. The family lives in a wood house with outside bathroom facilities. There are gangs, crime, drugs and alcoholism issues that impact the entire community and make it dangerous for children to be on the street, especially young girls. With support Areewan will receive an education, regular healthcare, and Bible studies at the childcare center. She may then have an opportunity to realize her dream of becoming a doctor.
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.