Chaweewan Saenprapuet

Suggested Donation: $20.00

Age: 7 years old
Gender: Girl
Country: Thailand

Chaweewan is a bright little girl in Thailand who comes from a Hmong tribe family. Her parents only completed 6th grade and were not able to get a proper education. The parents are both farmers but the land they use is earned by the government. They grow rice for their family to eat and corn to sell. Farming can be irregular due to changing weather patterns. The house that they live in is also built on government land. The majority of people practice spiritism. The community that they live in is dangerous and many are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

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.