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Age: 10

Grade: 3

Recent Report Card

Jaan is now in the second term of Grade 3 and continues to be strong academically.  Her final GPA was 3.8 with 8 A’s! She is doing great in her school.

2018 Update

Jaan does well in school, both socially and in the classroom.  As one of the youngest, she often looks for attention, but at the same time has taken on the role of older sister to our youngest girl, Ganda.  She can bee seen teaching her songs and reading to her.

Warm Heart has provided a safe haven for Jaan in a world of tragedies in her extended family.  Her mother, who had left Jaan and her older sister, Ying Tida with Grandma a few years ago, re-appeared and then died shortly thereafter.  Their father, whom they adore, has been in and out of jail on drug charges.  Grandma and an aunt are a constant and can be reached by phone or come for occasional visits.

Jaan was the beneficiary of the Always Reading Caravan (partner of Warm Heart) preschool in the Akha hilltribe village of Siplan.  She learned her Thai alphabet, ABC’s and basic math before starting kindergarten.  She loves to read and is observant and articulate.  With the safety and stability of Warm Heart, she should be able to excel and create a life as a teacher or other professional that she dreams of.

Jaan and C play checkers

20 Questions

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

Who’s your best friend?
V, a friend at school

What do you want to be when you grow up?

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Fire and water

What are the five best things about being you?
Loves her sister, loves her mom, loves her dad, she did her own dishes, she eats a lot

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
When Ganda laughs

If you had three wishes, what would they be?

Can you name one thing that scares you?
A ghost

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

Who are your three best role models?
Sisters, mom, dad

Who’s the worst person in the world?
Friends at school

What is the first thing you can remember?

If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why?

What’s the hardest thing about being a child?

If you could time-travel, where and when would you go?
Going to the beach with my mom and my dad

Art Contests

What makes you happy?

What is your Dream?

Self Portrait


For lack of a better way of putting it, Jaan is a piece of work.

She arrived at age 5, is now 6 and has not shut for one-minute in between.

She is the first of the children to attend the hill tribe Head Start program in her aunt’s village and knows her Thai alphabet and ABC’s. She is cute as a button and as heavy as a bag of cement. (Brace yourself if you see her coming for a hug!)

She seems to have an endless supply of the most amazing dresses (all clearly hand-me-downs) ever worn at Warm Heart (tops with attached short and tutu like stuff sticking out around the waist).

She is every volunteer’s sweetheart, precocious beyond her years, and an absolute devil at heart. I hope I am retired by the time she is a teenager.

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