LAND OF SMILES
The country of Thailand is about the size of France and is the third largest country of Southeast Asia. The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. Bangkok is the industrial and business center of the country, and it is also where The Grand Palace is located. About 7 million of the country's population lives in the capital city.
Thailand is hot and humid throughout the year. Tropical monsoons are very common, especially in May through November. There are cool and rainy seasons, but due to the high humidity it stays rather warm all year around. Temperatures range between 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit /24-32 degrees Celsius. Most of the country is made up of plantations, rice fields and tropical rainforests. Leopards, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, and a lot of other exotic creatures all live in Thailand. The government has worked hard on protecting any endangered species and making Thailand a safe environment for these animals to live in.
Half of the workforces in Thailand are farmers. The other popular driving forces in the economy are tourism, and mining metals. Over the years, manufacturing has slowly been an increasing industry in Thailand.
Some projects our HELP teams in Thailand have accomplished recently include:
- Securing access to sustainable water in hill tribe communities
- Dental campaigns in urban and rural schools
- English classes and English teacher trainings
- Awareness and education on HIV/AIDS in high risk locations
- Running empowerment-based soccer tournaments for at risk youth
- Assisting migrant communities with securing citizenship
- Setting up water filtration systems in communities destitute of purified water