Marasri

Marasri completed her degree from Rajabhat University in May 2016. She joined Kwah Dao as our new Program Assistant. She gave half of her first month’s salary to her parents, delighted that she is now able to help them after they supported her for so many years. Marasri’s parents are from a small village in …

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Arthit

Kwah Dao has been working with Artit, who is about 22 and has spent the majority of his life in Thailand, for over a decade. Artit had a difficult start in life but since being awarded a KD scholarship he has picked himself up and gone from strength to strength. Artit’s parents split up many …

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Arthit and Maprang

Arthit is 7 years old and Maprang is 5. They live with Maprang’s parents, who are Arthit’s grandparents, and Maprang’s older sister Bia, who is 10. Arthit’s mum was just 13 when she became pregnant, and Arthit was left in his grandparents’ care when his parents moved to Chiang Mai when he was very young. …

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Cartoon

Cartoon is 5 years old and currently attends the Banyan Centre. Cartoon’s family have been part of Kwah Dao since we first started. Her aunt and uncle have progressed through high school and are currently at university on Kwah Dao scholarships. Cartoon’s mother, Poy, wasn’t so lucky. When Kwah Dao met her family her parents …

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Tuaylun

Tuayluen is 20 years old and about to complete her first year at Chiang Mai Rajabhat university. She is studying for a Bachelor of Education (Thai). She was born in Thailand and has lived all her life in a bamboo hut in the Rock Village, one of the communities which Kwah Dao has worked with …

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Tawon

Tawon is 21 years old and studying for a bilingual degree in Economics at the Faculty of Economics at Chiang Mai University. His older sister, Jab, is also a Kwah Dao scholarship student. Tawon’s family, one of the poorest that Kwah Dao works with, moved to Thailand before he was born. They have never been back …

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Pai

Pai is 19 years old and in her first year at university studying pre-primary education. Pai’s parents have been in Thailand for about 20 years, so she was born not long after they arrived. Her father works as a day labourer in the construction industry. She says that he is getting older, he’s not in …

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Muang

Muang is 19 years old and has almost completed his first year of university. He is studying a Bachelor of Education in Computing at Rajabhat University Lampang. Muang and his parents come from a small village in Burma. They moved to Thailand in search of a better life when he was five years old. In …

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Moa

Moa is 23 years old and just graduated university. She has been part of Kwah Dao since it was founded in 2000 when she attended the Rainbow School. Moa’s parents are from Baan-Haad village in the Lankur District of Shan State. The first time they came to Thailand Moa was 2 years old. They walked …

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