Journey to Warm Heart
Koon 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, Koon 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.
Luckily, Koon’s father speaks Thai so she spoke Thai well when she arrived at Warm Heart. Her parents, who are tea farm laborers, wanted her to gain education past grade six and asked Warm Heart to take her in.
Koon is happy to be at Warm Heart and takes advantage of every opportunity to learn.
She is often doing homework or spending time with the after school tutors.
She loves Facebook and the Internet access Warm Heart provides.
In school Koon’s favorite subject is English and hopes to become a nurse after high school.