Wiranchanok is a kind girl who attends and lives at AMG’s By Grace School in Thailand. She speaks both Mien and Thai, and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Her parents are farmers. Because of the multi-year drought in their region, they have had to take on high-interest debt to provide for their family. The region where her family lives is also infested with crime and drugs. Wiranchanok’s parents sought AMG’s support to be able to provide their daughter with a quality education. Both her parents have only a 9th grade education, so they are very thankful for the opportunity that Wiranchanok has through AMG. With your support, Wiranchanok will be able to continue learning at By Grace School, overcome the barriers faced by those in her family and community, and ultimately have the opportunity to follow Jesus.
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.