Fund Isaan granted Tew a scholarship in 2017. He was 20 years old and studying Business Computer at Sangkha Industrial and Community Education College.
Tew’s father had a motorcycle accident in which he lost one eye, limiting him in his ability to work. His mother worked alone on their small farm and whenever possible as a day-laborer. Tew worked after school at a grocery shop to pay for his study. Together they made about 5,000 THB (approx. 145 Euro) per month.