The school year ended mid-March, just as the COVID 19 lockdown started.
Pim went to her mountain village to stay with her family and came back in June for a July 1 school opening.
The students are wearing masks and have a hybrid schedule the reduces the number of students in a classroom.
The students work with our staff on days when they are home – studying and working in the vegetable gardens.
Pim’s family has been having a tough time with no work during the lockdown and medical bills for her two brothers with chronic diseases. Attitaya, Cafe and Pim are safely at Warm Heart and studying well.
Pim has had many ear infections and we anticipated surgery on at least one ear if repairs were possible. She is now 13 and grown to a stage where it is safe and necessary to have the operation to repair her eardrum. She is scheduled for surgery during the second week of September .
Pim is growing tall and loves to dance with her sisters. They lead a group of girls that perform to traditional and pop songs. She is always ready to help and makes sure she has a seat near our after-school teachers to check her homework.
Her health has been more stable, and she has gotten better at keeping her ears clear. She always has a hug and smile for us and we have high hopes for her.
Just for fun we asked our kids some questions. Below are Pim’s answers to some of the questions.
Who’s your best friend?
Ply (friend from school)
What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
What are the five best things about being you?
I do my own dishes, I do my own laundry, I help clean
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
If you had three wishes, what would they be?
I wish I was good at studying
Can you name one thing that scares you?
What’s the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?
My friend bought my food
Who are your three best role models?
Teacher, nurse, doctor
What is the first thing you can remember?
During a recent flu epidemic at Warm Heart poor Pim got so sick she ended up in the hospital, just the most recent chapter in her long story of medical woes.
We have had Pim in and out of the hospital over and over for serious ear infections. It’s clear that at some earlier point an untreated infection scarred one of her eardrums, leaving her largely deaf in that ear.
That combined with intermittent hearing loss in her good ear when she has infections has made school really tough.
She was kept back last year, which was a real blow, and is struggling now. We are working hard to sort out her medical issues so that we can get to underlying learning disabilities. (What is “dyslexia” in Thai?)
Pim is such an energetic and charismatic child that we will all do anything we can to give her an equal chance.
2015 – Journey to Warm Heart
Pim joined her sisters Café and Attitiya at the Children’s Homes in 2013. The girls are from Arye where another older sister and two brothers still live.
Their parents are laborers currently working on the Royal Project in the reforestation sector in Doi Mon Lan.
Like most of the Akha children Pim knew only the Akha language when she arrived.
Pimp and her sisters are members of the core “family” of kids who live at Warm Heart year around.
Pim’s Thai vocabulary grows daily and she is so happy to have joined her big sisters at Warm Heart. She says she looks up to them and loves getting to spend time with them after school.
She also loves drawing, playing with Evelind’s dogs, and hanging out with the volunteers.
Her favorite part of living at Warm Heart, however, is cooking with Evelind. She loves baking treats and making a mess!