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Thailand

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 67,764,000 (2009)
National language: Thai
Per capita income: US$ 3,760/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 69 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
100% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
89% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 14/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Thailand, known as Siam until 1939, is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been controlled by a European power. In fact, it's been independent since its creation in the 14th century.

Roughly twice the size of Wyoming, Thailand is located on the Gulf of Thailand and is bordered by Burma and Laos to the north and Cambodia to the east. Thailand relies on tourism for a large part of its income, yet this sector has been on the decline following the tsunami of 2004 and sporadic cases of Avian Flu.

The Thai economy is one of the strongest in Southeast Asia. Nearly half of the workforce is employed in agriculture, but the manufacturing and industrial sectors provide many jobs as well. Rice is the largest crop and is the country’s staple food.

Plan works with over 36,700 children and families in over 600 communities, promoting education, preventative health care, environmental conservation and employment training. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

 

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.