Pokpong is a Lahu boy from the village of Mae Sae Koaw. His parents work as general farm laborers. He is one of eight children with two brothers and five sisters.
Pokpong is crazy about sports, which is good when you are the seventh of eight kids in a really poor house where food is in short supply and it is easy to get pushed aside at the pot.
Recently, Pokpong’s family broke up and he and his youngest brother have been living with their elderly grandmother in the Lahu village of Mae Sai Koaw on the mountain ridge far above Phrao.
Grandma is too poor to send the boys to school so Warm Heart supported them at Tong Roong School.
As a seventh grader, Pokpong moved to Warm Heart.
He is an active member of its Warm Heart football (soccer) team and an avid ping pong player.
He spent the summer break working at Warm Heart on the biochar project and helping around the farm. Some of the money he earned went to help pay for his brother’s school uniforms.
He wants to go to university someday, but for now, he says he’s learning too much to decide.
Recent Report Card
Pokpong just finished his first year at Warm Heart, from our partner school, Ton Roong, and has some catching up to do. His is now in 8th grade and studies with our after school teachers every day.
Just for fun we asked our kids some questions. Below are Pokpong‘s answers to some of the questions.
Who is your best friend?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Power to be invisible
What are scared of?
What do you do when you’re scared?
Be with my friends
What’s the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?
Teach me homework
Hardest thing about being a child?