Journey to Warm Heart
Joy 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, Joy 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.
Joy’s parents asked Warm Heart that she and her sister New be brought to Warm Heart to receive a Thai education.
The girls’ parents remain at home as rice farmers.
Since her move to Warm Heart, Joy has happily continued her studies, particularly math and science classes.
Joy plans to attend university to become a nurse.
Once she achieves this goal, she hopes to explore Thailand and the rest of the world.