Jermjith is a responsible young girl who has one brother. They live with their aunt in the northern part of Thailand. Her parents were divorced six years ago, at which time, her mother left. Her father remarried and they do not take responsibility for care of the two children. Jermjith’s aunt is a farmer and is unable to generate a sufficient income to take care of the children’s needs. She farms hillside government owned land and has struggled to produce good crops for food and sales. Jermjith dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up! She and her aunt are grateful for the support which provides the opportunity to attend school at the New Hope Childcare Center. Thank you for making a difference in Jermjith’s life!
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.