Panupong is a little boy who comes from a Buddhist family in Thailand. He has one older brother. Although his parents are farmers, they also work in a furniture factory. Panupong loves to be active and play sports when he has free time. He would like to be a professional football player when he grows up. Because Panupong is residing in an AMG Hostel, two sponsorships are needed to cover additional requirements relating to room and board.
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.