Tien understood tragedy at a young age when her father passed away when she was two years old. She has been raised with her grandparents, mother and younger sister. Her mother remarried, but her stepfather went to work in another province. Tien lives surrounded by rice fields, in a community where the houses are in close proximity to each other. Most community members are rice farmers and chili gardeners. Together with her mother and 7-year-old younger sister, Tien grows rice and chili in the field and helps with housework. She is described as diligent, patient and responsible by others.
Tien has been enrolled in the child sponsorship program of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Thailand since 2002 when she was a second grade student at a rural school. She has always been focused on her studies and dreams of becoming a nurse.
After she completed ninth grade, she shared with her grandfather her dream of going to a highly regarded high school in her province. He encouraged her to be proficient and study hard for the entrance exam, even though he was uncertain as to how they would pay for the expense. Tien used a portion of her Sponsor’s education support to pay the entrance exam fee.
She passed the exam and continued on her educational journey into high school with the help of her Sponsor. She is so driven to succeed that she rides a motorcycle approximately 40 kilometers (almost 25 miles) to and from school each day.
With a 3.5 gpa in high school, she loves to join in school activities and assists the teachers in the younger students’ classrooms. Tien’s leadership skills were recognized when she was elected to be student leader of her classroom.
In addition to the special cash gifts and scholarship provided by her Sponsor, Tien earns a little money from general jobs in the community when she works during school holidays each semester. She puts most of the money she earns into savings for educational funding and necessities.
The generosity of Tien’s Sponsor has afforded her educational opportunities she once thought impossible. Now at age 18, she is studying diligently for the entrance exam for university studies at Boromarajonani College of Nursing at Ubon Ratchathani. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to celebrating her graduation in the future.