Thanwarath is a sweet little girl who comes from a Hmong tribe family in Thailand. She has two younger brothers. Her parents have only a sixth grade education. They farm government owned hillside land that produces rice and corn. The rise feeds their family and the corn is sold to others. The income they receive from farming is not enough to adequately provide for the family, and so they have fallen into debt. They live in a one-room house. Development in the area lags significantly behind the rest of the country. And, conditions are primitive with many families getting their water from hand-dug open wells. On top of that, drug trafficking and addiction, brought on in part by a lack of hope, is prevalent in the area. Thanwarath participates in AMG’s New Hope Child and Youth Development Center located in the remote Maecharim district of northern Thailand that is surrounded by hills, forests and fields. At New Hope, children receive nutritious meals, tutoring, and weekly Bible lessons that share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The center places a strong emphasis on Christian values and principles that will prepare children in need for a brighter tomorrow. Thanwarath is a healthy child who enjoys school. She hopes to be a teacher when she grows up. Your faithful sponsorship will help her dream become a reality one day. Thank you so much!
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.