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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.

Age: 16

Grade: 10th

Recent Report Card

With a strong encouragement, Pokpong completed 9th grade and started in the vocational track at Phrao High School.

He did not have the confidence to think he could make it to high school and tried to give up a few times.  Some of our older boys as well as staff pushed him to finish his last assignments and he was accepted at the high school.

The term started late, in July, but worked on the biochar production until school started. He seems happy and willing to get his work completed to stay in school. We are delighted that he persevered and has raised his aspirations.

20 Questions

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?
Soccer player

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?

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  1. Florian Eyerer
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    Hi Evelind
    I just found this by chance. Thank you so much for all your work!!! It’s so great to see theses kids doing fine. I wish all the best for Pokpong and all the others. Why is he afraid of frogs? He just should think about how scared they are of him. He is much bigger. : ))
    Please give him and all the others big hugs from me. One day I am looking forward to talk to them. Maybe they wanna come to Switzerland one day too. That would be great.
    All the best!

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