Atchariyaporn is a sweet little girl studying in Thailand. She loves to play and says that she would like to become a teacher when she grows up. Atchariyaporn comes from a tribal family; her parents have an intermediate education and are farmers. They grow rice for their own food as well as corn to take to market. Droughts have affected farmers in Thailand for several years now, and debt is a common problem. Atchariyaporn’s parents are very grateful for the educational opportunities she has through the sponsorship program. Thank you for your support!
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.