We are excited to announce two new education scholarships. After a difficult selection process, two young women were chosen. Meena Aryee is from the Akha tribe (and Teerawats’ Village) and Chanisara Chantharayuthis Karen tribe from Chiang Mai.
Meena is 20 years old and was nominated by the fabulous Mr Teerawat. She is from a close family and against all odds she is thriving at Rajabpat University, Chiang Rai.
Thak translated her letter: "I am studying teaching the Chinese language. There are 7 people in my family - my parents, my 2 older brothers and 1 wife of older brother and 1 nephew and me. During my studies in university I live in the dormitory provided by the university. It is safe and I can save lots of money and it is easy to travel to study. In my family my parents they are farmers and grow corn and rice. My 2 older brothers and his wife do daily work outside. My family income is not stable and very little. Most of my school costs come from corn and rice. I have many expenses such as travelling costs, food, university uniform and accommodation. My dream is to get this scholarship and I can relieve her mum and dad of this pressure. Once I get this scholarship, I will use it for my education and to finish college. I will have a good job with a good salary - enough to take care of myself and my family. Moreover I will use my knowledge to share back with my Akha community. I thank you for your support - this money helps not only myself but my whole family."
The other young woman, Chanisara, is from the Karen tribe and lives in Chiang Mai. She is 18 and studying accounting at one of the best universities in Chiang Mai - Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna. Pramote and Yadaw gave her the scholarship money and she was elated.
Thak's translated her letter: "Hello my name is Chanisara Chantharayuth and I am Karen tribe. I am 18 years old and I was born 14 April 1999. I am studying in accounting at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna. I have 1 sister, Sarocha, 16 yrs old. My father's name is Pornsak. My mother just passed away. I am the person that talks little and I am friendly and adapt to other people easily. I love to read books about psychology and listen to music and watch the news. In the future I want to be an honest accountant and work with many people who need me. Moreover I want to have a Master Degree in Psychology because I am interested in human behavior -about their thinking and cause of behavior. Thank you for supporting me and my dream."
The ceremony for the 2 young women was planned a few months ago but sadly Chanisaria's mum (only 47 years old) died from leukemia soon after they gave her the scholarship. Her mum had been so happy and healthy and life turned upside down for this beautiful family. This family almost lost everything as they battled to heal their mum/wife. Chanisaria's dad, Pornsak, is grieving but doing everything he can for all his daughters. Pornsak and his younger daughter, Sarocha, accepted the scholarship on behalf of Chanisara. Both were crying – he said that life has many ups and downs and he is grateful for the love of his beautiful daughters and this blessing from you.