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Sponsor Update Attitaya

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Age: 17

Grade: 9th

Recent Report Card

Attitaya is now in 9th grade. She finished 8th grade with a strong GPA of 3.45, and with 7 “A” ’s in total. She is doing well in all her core subjects – Thai, Math, Science and English.

The new school year started late, July 1 and she is looking at her options for high school. She is 17 and we are working hard to keep her attention focused on her studies and not boys.

Along with her artistic talent, she has a good sense of style and has been doing an excellent job of trimming and bobbing the hair of all the Warm Heart girls.

Attitaya with her sister Cafe
Attitaya discussing her future with Michael and Nian

20 Questions

Just for fun we asked our kids some questions. Below are Attitaya’s answers to some of the questions.

Who’s your best friend?
Jangum, Jitapa, Miew, Praew

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I don’t want one because it’s not real

Can you name one thing that scares you?

What do you do when you’re scared to make it less scary?

What’s the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?
My friends are nice to me

Who are your three best role models?

Attitaya in Native Dress at Children’s Day
Attitaya making Pizza – Her sister Cafe too
Attitaya playing music at Sports Day

Art Contests

Attitaya has been very active in our art contests, and has won several times.

2nd Place – Mother Nature
Honorable Mention – Loy Krathong
3rd Place – What makes you happy?


Attitaya is now a teenager with all of the accompanying baggage. She is taller than ever, close to 5’ 9” – and very unhappy about it – although she is now, more than ever, runway model material.

She can’t quite figure out being sexy; she will practice hip out poses next to a column – but only when she thinks no one is looking.

Her school work continues to be good, although it is obvious that she could ace everything if she made the effort.

Her core competitiveness remains intact. Attitaya no longer runs every race at Sports Day, but when she can be cajoled into running, she wins. And if you can wiggle a smile out of her (an increasingly difficult task as she becomes a teenager), it is still dazzling.


Journey to Warm Heart

Attitiya is a stunning young girl who hails from the Akha mountain village of Arye.

Arye is too far from the nearest school for children to attend, and Attitiya’s family has two young boys who suffer from hemophilia. As mountain farmers, her parents do not have the income to pay medical bills and support their six children.

The parents asked Warm Heart to take Attitiya and her little sisters Cafe and Pimpisaa.

When Attitiya arrived she was very reserved and knew almost no Thai.

Attitiya and her sisters are now members of the core “family” of kids who live at Warm Heart year around.


Attitiya’s initial reserve has dwindled. Today, she can be seen running around Warm Heart’s campus with her many friends.

She says her favorite part of living at the Children’s Homes is having supportive House Mothers.

One of Attitiya’s hobbies is drawing, but she is also Warm Heart’s best athlete, winning every gold metal in her class at Sports Day.

Her favorite subjects are art and Thai. Her Thai has improved immensely and she is especially proud of her excellent handwriting.

Attitiya admires her school teachers and hopes to one day become a teacher herself.

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2 Responses

  1. The Buhlers
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    Attitiya, we feel very proud of having been able to help you coming so well along during this years. We know that you are a great girl and a great example for the other children in Warm Heard. We feel so happy that you are so interested in Thai; languages open doors for you. I myself have Spanish as Mother language, and I am fluent in German (my Father’s language), English and French. We really wish to have the happiness, one day, to go to Thailand with Vincenz to meet you, the Shaffers and the rest of the children. We heard from Vincenz, our Son, what a beautiful place it is where you live; specially because of you all living like a big family.

    • admin
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      Thank you! We will print this message out and give to Attitaya, we are sure she will be thrilled and respond shortly!

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