A Fund Isaan alumni: part eight: You

In 2008, You became one of our first scholarship students. You lived with her parents and three siblings in a small wooden house and had just started her fourth year at Prasat Witthayakarn School. The school was about 15 kilometers from her house. You’s parents were poor farmers with four children.  They could not pay for the school bus, so, You had to travel to school by an old rotten bicycle every day. When it rained, it would take You almost two hours to go to school or to get home peddling through the mud. When we got to know the family, one of You’s younger sisters had just undergo a very dangerous operation removing a large brain tumor. All the money the family had went into her medical treatment.

After receiving the scholarship from Fund Isaan, You started to dream of a higher education. Gradually she made up her mind to study nursing. In 2012, after successfully graduating from secondary school, she enrolled at Surindra Rajabhat University, specialized in Health Science. She made the right choice. You wanted to become a nurse or social welfare worker to help poor children like her.

Last year You successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Science. She is now working as an assistant teacher at Moo Baan Dek Sarnrak Kindergarten, in Nakorn Pathom province. Her school is a non-profit project established by Emeritus Dr. Prawet Wasri, and Info Advance Co., Ltd. The project aims at helping orphans, poor and/or abused children. You receives 15,000 baht per month. She loves her job very much and would like to become a certified teacher as soon as possible. To get certified, she will need to take a two-years extended course in a university or college.

As for her family and personal life, You’s parents are doing fine. They live happily in their old but improved house in Prasat. Her older brother is working for Siam Michelin Group in Rayong, together with You he supports his parents and younger sisters. Her younger sister who had brain operation still needs to go to hospital every once in a while for check-up but is doing relatively well. Her other sister is studying in high school. You is still single, but she is very happy with her life. She said “I am still trying to catch my dream of becoming a certified teacher!” She also wanted to thank her sponsor, teacher Denise, whom she referred to as “My angel” for the support. She never forgets about how lucky she was and she is not going to give up on anything!