Can I get details about my sponsor childs village?

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Hi,

I recently have started to sponsor a little boy in the Mae Um Lo Child Development Centre, in Nadoi, Thailand. It says that both of his parents sometimes work as seasonal farmers.

Can I get more details about what the village is like, what crops they grow there, what the soil is suitable for etc? On an information sheet I received it said they would benefit the most from getting a fairer price from the local farms crops.

If I could get more specific information, in addition to sponsoring my childs educational and spiritual journey I'd love to see if I can help his family and village with their economic prospects. If the area was suitable for say, "forbidden black rice" or something I'd love to work with you (and other organizations if necessary) to look into how much it would cost to establish a crop with better demand/prices, fundraise for it, then establish a demand with restaurants in my own country and work on getting a new fair trade business ready for exporting.

If that was unrealistic I'd like to know about other options that would benefit his village (community gardens, road development, bicycles, other industry equipment etc) that I could fundraise towards. 
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Emily

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Good morning Fairlight! Thank you so much for your interest in your child's community and your desire to bless them in such a tangible way. It sounds like you have valuable expertise and talents in fundraising. We appreciate you wanting to use your gifts and passion for enabling communities to be self sufficient, to advance God's kingdom and release the community of Nadoi from poverty.

Regrettably, I was unable to locate your account by your name and email address. Please post your child's reference number in a reply and I would be happy to locate your account and give you more details on your child's village. You may also email us at socialmedia@compassion.com or call our office at (800) 336-7676 and we would be happy to discuss your options further with you.

Compassion is a holistic child sponsorship organization and as such, we focus on the individual child in our programs. Through your sponsorship, Compassion believes that not only in your child being impacted, but the entire family is impacted indirectly through things your child shares and by participating in our partner church activities. Community development is important work that addresses the external circumstances of poverty and is an important complement to our work. However, our primary focus is individual child development; an inside-out, bottom-up approach that recognizes the God-given value and potential of each individual child. Very often, these children grow up to become positive influences in their own communities. The vocational training that your child receives and takes home to his family, causes a ripple affect that can transform lives and influence villages and communities.

I would encourage you to ask these specific questions in letters to your boy. This will be the best way to get to know your child, his family, the needs of his community, and information about his village. You may also bless the entire family by sending a family gift. You may give $25-$1,000 a year and designate it as a family gift. The project director will consult with the family about what their greatest need is and help them to purchase the item(s). Many times, we have seen families purchase livestock to raise animals for resale, land to raise crops on and sell the fruits/vegetables, and even start a business through income generating street vendors by purchasing sandals or jewelry to sell. Compassion does not take out processing fees from any gifts, so your child and family will receive 100% of what you send. Another option available to you if you would like to benefit your child and their community would be a project gift. A project gift of $100-$2,000 may be given once per year. A project gift may be used by your child's project for their greatest need and to improve the program to better assist the children that attend. These gifts might be used for the purpose of, replacing a roof, repairing walls or floors, purchasing desks or computers, building bathrooms in the project, just to name a few that have been implemented in the past. 

Complementary Interventions (CIV) is another program that provides what sponsorship cannot and allows the achievement of a core outcome — a physically healthy child. The term "complementary" is meant in the sense of "to complete" or "to finish". CIV activities complete the program by offering strategies that are entirely integrated with the core program and by addressing critical needs. Every CIV exists for the purpose of improving Compassion's effectiveness in achieving the programmatic child outcomes as well as the Implementing Church Partner outcomes. Examples of CIV programs are HIV/AIDS, Malaria Intervention, Disaster Relief, Water of life, and assistance for children in Highly Vulnerable areas. You may read more about these funds that you can raise funds and donate towards, here.
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Child No TH-997-0319 Supporter No 1059432
My sponsorship might not have been confirmed yet, as it's being processed by Tear Fund, and I just sent the paperwork off last week.

Thanks for such an amazing thorough reply :)
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Hello again Fairlight! I do see that you are supporting Archachan through our office in New Zealand. Because of this, any gifts you give to your child must be done through that office as I do not have access to your account in our USA office. You may email them at action@tearfund.org.nz, call their office at 64-9-629-1048, and visit their website through www.tearfund.org.nz

Although I do not have access to your account, I am able to see a bit of information on your child's community. Homes in Nadoi, Thailand are made of bamboo (floors and walls) and tile (for the roof). Their primary diet consists of pork, fish, rice, and vegetables and their terrain is very mountainous. The cost of agriculture product is low and the middlemen force the price down and people have to pay more for transportation. It seems as though the parents of your child have a common occupation as the primary occupation in that area is in fact, farming. Your child's project is located on a hill where it is uncomfortable for travelling especially in the rainy season and there are two rivers beside the project. I hope this helps you! :) 
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I have also just started sponsoring a child and I don't know the questions to ask so the above post gave me a great question to ask . I am waiting for my information pack to come. I would really like to know about my childs village as well. Do you think you could tell me a little about her community as well?
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Hi Jana! I sincerely apologize for the delay in our response. We are happy to give you a little more information about your child's community! 

Your child attends TZ833 or the FPCT Mgaraganza Student Center in Kagongo, Tanzania. Kagongo is a mountainous community, home to approximately 19,400 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt, cement or mud floors, mud or brick walls and tin or thatched roofs. The primary ethnic group is Kiha and the most commonly spoken language is Kiswahili. 

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, fish, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid. Most adults are unemployed but some work as animal herders, fishermen, street vendors or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $18 per month. 

Even more community information can be found by logging into your "My Account" and clicking on "My Sponsorships." Click on the "Community" tab to view more information about that community. Click through the other tabs to find much more information about your sponsored child and their area. Please see the example below for reference. 

 
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