This little girl is joyful, patient, and likes to be active. She lives in a hill community in northern Thailand where her parents are farmers on government owned hillside land. Rice is grown for use by the family and corn to sell. Drought and irregular weather for 3-4 years have prevented her parents from making a good living and they are now in debt. They cannot afford to send Chanikarn to school and she must instead work. The parents and their two daughters live in their own wood and brick house. Chanikarn will benefit from support with educational opportunities, regular healthcare, and Bible studies all offered at the childcare care 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.