Ekkatach is a joyful and responsible young boy who lives in a small Buddhist village in northern Thailand. His parents work hard as farmers, but because of the drought Thailand has experienced over the past several years, their income has decreased drastically and they are unable to provide for all of Ekkatach and his brother’s needs. Ekkatach’s family lives on and farms government-loaned land, which has added to their debt load. Ekkatach is a very smart student who loves to learn. His parents want him to attend a good school but they struggle to pay any required fees. With the help of a sponsor, Ekkatach will be able to attend AMG’s New Hope Child and Youth Development Center where he will receive nutritious meals, a good education, medical care, and teaching from the Word of God. You can make a big impact on Ekkatach’s future and provide him and his family with opportunities hear the gospel of Jesus Christ!
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.