A young woman building the future. Panumas Kunyotying is 23 years old and in her final year of university studying architecture. She lost both parents while still young and was brought up by her grandmother and aunt. This is what she wrote to her sponsor.
A trained accountant now working for a tour company
Montira Boonsuang lost her father to HIV and her mother is living with the virus but despite that she has trained as an accountant and is working for a tour company. She supports herself and her family.
My father died away from HIV when I was 10 years old and my mother is living with the virus. When my father passed away I felt sad as we had no head of the family to support it. I went to live with my mother and grandmother and then I got a scholarship from Kids Ark.
First I wanted to be teacher and but when I started studying I realized that was the wrong choice for me. When I finished secondary 3 I started studying accounting at Chiang Mai vocational school where I still get a scholarship from Kids Ark.
After I finished my vocational certificate I thought I would find a job because my mother couldn’t pay for university. Then Kids Ark staff visited and said they would continue to support me so I can pass the exam.
I studied accounting for four years at Ratchmangkala University where Kids Ark paid my fees. They also helped my mother earn by sewing for Kids Ark. During that time I worked part time job at the weekend and during the school holidays to earn extra.
After school I got a new job at A Chinese tour company, CCT-Express where I have been working for six months. Sometimes I go out with the tour guide and I will receive my diploma in September.
I would like to thank Kids Ark and my sponsor for the opportunity. I have a better life and can support myself and my family.