Panchaya is a young girl living with her parents and two sisters in the hill country of Thailand. Her parents are farmers and are struggling with debt. Weather has prevented them growing a good corn crop that they could sell and then repay the loan required to lease government land. They also need their rice crop as food for their family of five. If circumstances do not improve the three children could be required to help in the fields. With support Panchaya will receive adequate healthcare, educational opportunities, and attend Bible studies. That may allow her to attain her dream of becoming a teacher.
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.