Journey to Warm Heart
Aoy comes from Mae Soon, a remote Karen hill tribe village with no school. Prior to her arrival at Warm Heart, like many children in her village, Aoy walked five kilometers over a mountain and steep ravines in order to attend the closest school with instruction only in the Karen language.
Learning in Karen, as opposed to Thai, leaves hill tribe children linguistically isolated and ineligible for futures beyond the mountains of Northern Thailand.
Aoy’s parents hoped for her to gain a Thai education so they asked Warm Heart to accept her. They remain in Mae Soon as laborers on a tea farm.
Since arriving at Warm Heart Aoy has become a great role model for the younger girls. She loves spending time with her best friends at the Children’s Home, Min and Arm.
Like many teenagers around the world, Aoy enjoys laughing and tagging herself in pictures on Facebook.
Her favorite color is light blue.
In school, she prefers math and health class and wishes to attend college to become a nurse.