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A Brighter Future for One Bright Girl in Thailand

November, 2017

The world looks much brighter for one girl in Thailand thanks to the generosity of her compassionate sponsor through the Pearl S. Buck International Child Sponsorship Program and the work of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Thailand.

Thirteen-year-old Kae lives with her grandparents, older brother, uncle, and aunt in the Ubon Ratchathani province—almost 400 miles away from her mother, who must live in Bangkok because of her work as a maid and a caretaker for an elderly person. Kae has many daily responsibilities including caring for younger relatives, doing housework, and cooking. On weekends and school holidays she must help her family, who are impoverished farmers, to root up cassava crops.

When she was eight, Kae was badly injured in a motorcycle accident. She sustained brain and eye injuries and had to undergo surgery. She still cannot see clearly with her left eye, sees multiple images through it, and tears often flow. Although she loves playing volleyball, she can’t participate in team sports, due to medical concerns.

Kae started as a sponsored child through Pearl S. Buck International at nine-years-old. The aid she has received since then has allowed her to stay in school and excel there, to grow her life skills, and to heal.

Despite the trauma that Kae has gone through, her injuries, her many household duties, and laboring to harvest crops, she is an excellent student who is beloved by her peers and teachers. She particularly likes her science classes and last semester earned a grade point average of 3.50.

The humanitarian aid from her Sponsor and Pearl S. Buck International has enabled Kae not only to attend school but also to participate in family camps, children’s life skill experience camps, and family relationship camps organized by the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Thailand. These camps have taught her invaluable life, relationship, and social skills. The aid also has enabled her to travel to a hospital in another province three times a year for vital medical treatments.

Pearl S. Buck wrote, “We must have hope or starve to death.” Kae’s accident, her injuries, her separation from her mother, and her family’s poverty could have resulted in a dark and dismal life for her. Instead, compassionate financial aid through the Child Sponsorship Program at Pearl S. Buck International has given Kae hope for today and a brighter future for tomorrow.