From school dropout to hotel worker The loss of his mother at an early age led Praset Panpakarin to dropout of school but with the help of KidsArk he returned and now works as a hotel cashier. He has a dream to become a tour guide.
A nursing scholarship changed her life
Anusara Kannika was helped through nursing school and went on to work as a nurse, get married and start her own family. “Kids Ark and my godparents lit the light in my life,” she says.
My name is Anusara Kannika and I was sponsored by Kids Ark. My sponsors name was Khun Ulf from Sweden and I will never forget him. I got a scholarship from secondary 2 at Watmeakadnoi school, Chiangmai province until I finished university (1998 – 2007) .
I would like to thank Kids Ark foundation for giving me this opportunity to study and realize how important education is for my future. Without this I would not have been able to finish high school and find a job.
I wasn’t a smart girl but I tried hard to study because I come from a poor family. My parents divorced when I was young, my father went away from home to work so I went to live with my grandparents, who were my everything. I was also very lucky to meet a good teacher, my friends and Kids Ark who supported me when I nearly gave up. When I went to school I got just 20 baht to buy food and sweets at school but my scholarship from Kids Ark paid for my school fees and school supplies. At the weekend even though I was tired I helped my grandmother make Thai sweets to sell for extra money.
After school I continued studying still supported by Kids Ark and got a place at Payap University at the nurse faculty. The school is private and fees are high so my grandmother couldn’t pay. I thought I would have to cancel my place but the university said that I have a good GPA (Grade point average) So I could get the place for half the price. I told Kids Ark and got help from them and went on to study at the nurse faculty for 4 years.
I first worked as a nurse at Nakornping hospital for 3 years and after that I got married and moved to Puekdeang hospital in Rayong province. Now I have a three-year-old daughter.
Kids Ark and my godparents lit the light in my life and made it possible for me to have a better existence.
I would like to thank again Kids Ark Foundation and all godparents for changing my life and those of other children. I believe: “If you build a temple it might fracture over time but if you build a human by giving them education it will make them progress and get a better life”.