In 2020, the schools opened six weeks late, starting July 1 due to the COVID19 lockdown, and now we have fifteen young women in high school and university. We need to fund the gap after scholarships and loans and part-time jobs. Warm Heart's Children's Home has been in operation for over twelve years, going from 5 children the first year, to 40 living in our housing and another 30 supported at nearby schools. These are all children from remote ethnic minority hill tribe villages that start school behind their Thai peers. We provide a safe, extended family atmosphere and daily tutoring to help them learn Thai and catch up on all their other subjects.
Drop-out rates are high after grades 6 and grade 9 when government subsidies for uniforms, meals, and school fees are reduced. These young women made it through to enter high school and are being accepted to college. One is at a university in the capital, Bangkok, and the rest at colleges in Chiang Mai or Lampang. They will be the first in their families to attend college and break the cycle of poverty of their parents, farmers in the mountains. Our high school girls are accepted into two tracks - Math and Science or Languages. At university, our students are studying Nursing, Languages, Science Education, Environmental Sciences, Public Administration, and Fisheries.
Meme, our first college graduate, graduated in Public Policy at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University and is working while studying for the civil service exam. Akanit just graduated with a degree in social work from Thammasat University in Bangkok and has been working with an established NGO in Chiang Mai and more recently, in Bangkok. New studied languages and the tourist industry at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University and graduated into the COVID 19 lockdown in June. She studied Korean and dreams of traveling there someday, but for now, is grateful for a job at an international tourist hostel just re-opened in Chiang Mai.
They all come back on school breaks to encourage other students and help their communities. Please help us build a fund to get them through high school and university so they can give back to Warm Heart and their communities.
This project is supported by the Maecenata Foundation, Munich/Berlin: