Scholarship Program

Our Scholarship Program supports and mentors Kwah Dao students attending university and vocational schools.

Our scholarship recipients are inspiring pillars in the community. These students come from disadvantaged families and would not have the means to pursue higher education without Kwah Dao. In the 2017-2018 year, we are supporting nine students in their studies.

Scholarship Recipients

For the 2017-2018 year our scholarship recipients are Arthit, Charee, Moa, Muang, Nuan, Pai, Suthep, Tawon and Tuayluen. We welcomed two new scholarship students this year, Charee and Suthep.

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 Kwah Dao scholarship he has picked himself up and gone from strength to strength...

Moa

Moa is 19 years old and in her first year of university. She has been part of Kwah Dao since it was founded in 2000 when she attended the Rainbow School...

Nuan

Nuan is 21 years old and is in her second year of university, studying Chinese and Business at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai. Nuan was born in Burma and her mother died when she was just a few years old...

Pai

Pai is 19 years old and in her first year at university studying pre-primary education.

Tawon

Tawon is 18 years old and in his final year of high school. His older sister, Jab, is also a Kwah Dao scholarship student...

Former Scholarship Recipients

Suk

Suk graduated from... Suk has returned to Pai and is working at a guesthouse while he searches for the right job.

Tankee

Tankee completed her degree from Rajabhat University in May 2017. 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.

Tankee’s parents are from a small village in Burma, where they worked as farmers. There, the Burmese military junta often commandeered their supplies and food. Along with other village members, Tankee’s father was forced to be a porter for the army, which was both extremely dangerous and physically demanding. Rebels in the Shan military often hid in the village’s surrounding forest, and they, too, demanded money from local farmers. Tankee’s parents were caught at the crossroads of two armies, even as they themselves had no wish to fight.

In order to escape the abject poverty and violent conflict, Tankee’s parents moved to Thailand. At first, they had to move often, in search of work and a sense of safety. Eventually, they settled in a town with other Shan migrant families, and Tankee was born three years later. She started studying at the school set up by Kwah Dao and then enrolled in Thai school when she was 8 years old. Tankee struggled to fit in and throughout her time in junior and high school other children would taunt her by claiming that she should not have the right to go to school because she was Shan. Her resilience is truly inspiring.

Tankee is now 21 years old and in her second year of university. Following her high school graduation in March 2013 she was awarded a scholarship to study computing from a large company which covers her university fees. Kwah Dao is helping her with a partial scholarship to cover her living costs throughout her degree. Without this extra support she would be unable to attend, as her parents have menial, low-paid jobs and cannot contribute enough for her to live on. At first, Tankee found it very difficult being away from her family for the first time, especially her mother, who also missed her terribly. She has now settled in and is thriving. She has always been an outstanding student and is determined to complete her education, seeing it as the best chance she has to improve her life and that of her family.

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