11 August 2012

Life in the hills without an education

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on August 13, 2012)

MAE HONG SON, Thailand - Thanya Jateekoi, 9, is the middle child of an ethnic Lahu family living in remote Hua Pai village in the mountains of Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s most northwestern province. While her older sister goes to school, Thanya has to stay at home to look after her younger brother and help with chores around the house.

Thanya’s father, Jamu, says he can only afford to send one of his children to school.

04 August 2012

Education – for some still an unattainable dream

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya

Napakorn Jateekoi, who works side-by-side with his father every day tending to the rice paddy or labouring in his family’s blacksmith shop in a remote village in Mae Hong Son province, sometimes dreams about getting an education.

But he doesn’t know if that dream will ever come true.