Jab

Jab is 25 years old and in her final year at Mae Fah Luang University studying Chinese and Business. She was born in Burma and came to Thailand when she was just a few years old. Kwah Dao have been working with Jab for many years. Her family is incredibly poor which has made life …

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Senghom

Hom is 16 and has just moved to a vocational school in Chiang Mai to study Tourism and Hotel Management. It is fairly common in Thailand to move into vocational study after Grade 9 and Hom feels that the skills and training she would gain from this course would greatly increase her chances of finding …

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The life of a Pai volunteer

kwah dao students having fun

Volunteers at Kwah Dao have the opportunity to experience Pai in a positive and unique way. Pai captures the hearts of many people who visit: but there’s nothing quite like meeting a place, community and culture as a person who is actively trying to empower and contribute to it. There are many things that will …

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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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