Chalom is a little boy in Thailand. He lives with his parents, who are farming government land, and a younger sister. His parents borrow money to plant fields on a hillside; they finished only grade 6 and do not know modern agricultural techniques. The family lives in their one room, one story home. Thailand has experienced a four year drought so the family continues in debt without good crops to pay their loans. The family’s food consists of rice, chicken and pigs raised by the family. Chalom says he would one day like to become a soldier. Because of their economic situation his parents are grateful for free education, food and boarding for their son that AMG’s sponsorship progam provides.
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.