Sponsor a child
Meet the Kids
Through our sponsor a child program Warm Heart supports around 65 children in school from Kindergarten through College.
The new school year just started again for 2016-2017 (Thai school goes Mid May to Mid March).
We now have 14 students in high school and four in college.
And there are always more that come seeking help.
Break the chains of poverty
When you sponsor a child, you are helping severely disadvantaged children. Some Warm Heart kids come to us simply because they are from isolated mountain villages with no school. Most of our kids come from a hard past.
But Warm Heart’s Children’s Homes offer more than an opportunity to go to school. They also provide a place of healing.
- These kids know hunger. They arrive malnourished and are initially protective of the food they are given.
- These kids know physical abuse. They arrive beaten and scarred.
- These kids know abandonment.
- These kids know crime. Many fathers are in jail, many mothers are in prostitution. They come from families rife with alcoholism, addiction, and theft.
But despite it all, these our children are succeeding in life.
When you sponsor a child, they don’t wonder when their next meal will be or when their parent will come home.
They have the opportunity to laugh and be kids.
Without your help some of these children would never go to school and most would drop out of school after sixth grade.
When you sponsor a child where does the money go?
When you sponsor a child, you are helping to break the cycle of poverty, crime, and substance abuse.
If anything, our children are overachieving.
Because of Warm Heart they are graduating kindergarten, ninth grade, high school.
All of them.
They are going to college.
And that’s expensive, because with every promotion – from grade school to middle school, from middle school to high school or vo-tec, from high school to university – the costs go up and up.
Today we actually have to factor success into our cost-per-child budget!
We have several children who deserve special mention who are waiting for their very own sponsor.
As a sponsor, you will be giving a gift that goes on giving for generations.
Lalita. How to describe Lalita? Lalita came to Warm Heart from our partner school (where we supported her) just months ago when she graduated from 6th grade. She has no real family left but has been living with an elderly grandmother (or woman?) for several years. At primary school, however, she was surrounded by other kids from her village and neighboring villages – and she knew all of them. Lalita is social. Coming to Warm Heart was a shock, and at first Lalita was a lonesome ghost at the edges of activities. No longer. She soon became a mentor to the younger girls and has been our translator for both language and culture, for a new boy that arrived from her village. Now she is everywhere, not least as one of our senior house mother’s crew. Weekends, Lalita can always be seen swabbing office floors, collecting recycling or carrying buckets for NaPan. She is a big help. She’s a love and a great addition to Warm Heart.
Jaa is big in every way. She is bigger than the other kids her age, has a big personality and a huge smile. Her tumbling, black curls are forever in her eyes, but she misses nothing. Jaa has a great sense of humor, works hard in school and has befriended some of our lost littles. She is a sweetheart, but no pushover. (She is more than ready to put me in my place!) She has also become a member of our senior house mother’s special cleaning crew. A foot and a half taller than the rest, she makes quite a scene trying to carry her half of a basket of laundry without spilling it all over her shrimpy partner!
This kid defines “runt.” We get a lot of children who arrive at Warm Heart malnourished, underweight for their age, too short – but we have never had a kid like Mattew. Although (we think) actually 9, he looked as if he were 4 – and small for his age! It took forever not to fatten him up but just to get him to the point where he had the energy to run around a bit. A year later, we have a total little boy terror on our hands. Mattew (pronounce Maa-teeyu) is still small, but as you can see from the picture, he is not lacking in energy. (Where he really shows it off is on the dance floor where he demonstrates dance moves no one at Warm Heart taught him!) Mattew continues to have attention problems in school, but we are sure that these will pass as he settles in and builds up a solid nutritional base. We are absolutely certain, however, that he is going to remain a real handful for a long time!
This young man was gifted to us by a teacher who is a long-term friend. He is bright, hardworking, personable and poor. Mitichai is from a tiny farming village and somehow managed (with this teacher’s help) to stay in school all the way through high school. As graduation approached, she came to us to ask if we could support him in the advanced vocational training program offered by MaeJo University, the local agricultural faculty. It was an easy choice and one that has already paid off for Warm Heart. During his holidays, Mitichai always stops at Warm Heart where he has become a role model for our boys, one of whom is now attending the same school – on full scholarship – inspired by Mitichai’s example. We really like this young man and hope to be able to support him through the rest of his studies.
Pagu, a real special needs child. Warm Heart is not set up to accommodate special needs children with major developmental disabilities, but Pagu chose us. He literally walked, walked for three days to get to Warm Heart from his village He suffers from seizures regularly, although whether he is formally epileptic or not, no one knows. Seizure medication has reduced but not eliminated his seizures and we have managed to establish some routines for him. He appears to be in the autism spectrum, with limited social skills, but knows his Thai alphabet and can read at a second grade level (his last year of formal schooling). Our staff has taken him to be evaluated by the children’s specialists at the Chiang Mai hospitals, but it is a slow process getting him to talk. He scares the other kids and the staff, however, and now sleeps at our house. Recently he has begun hitting one of the staff with a stick and we are at a loss how to manage this. The staff is looking for a better, professional placement, but I am inclined to think that he is ours for the long-term. Evelind and I already have our two adopted special needs sons, so we are comfortable with Pagu, but we are also painfully aware of what a long road lies before us. If you know someone with a soft spot in their heart for special needs kids, Pagu really needs them.
Foo is turning into a lovely young man. He is now in 11th grade and against all odds seems motivated to graduate from high school. He continues to struggle with his own demons and deals daily with the many temptations that lead most Thai boys to give in to alcohol, drugs and life lethargy. Foo now owns a motorbike, which gives him a lot of freedom. He uses it responsibly, checking in when he is going out with friends. He is maintaining his grades in school and knows that university is on offer. He is torn between his love of drawing and desire to become a graphic artist or cartoonist and the pull of a practical career in the building trades.
Not able to be a sponsor? We understand. We can still use your help with a small one time donation to our Higher Education Fund.
When you sponsor a child, you will feel the powerful satisfaction and joy of knowing that you are changing the life of a child and his/her family. Your help will not only free your child from the cycle of poverty, but will impact future generations.