Birthday: January 23, 2005
Arrival: June 6, 2017
Project: Father Ray Children’s Home
Family History and General Information
Chai comes from a poor family. His family is Hmong people. His parents work growing plants on a mountain farm. Unfortunately his father is an opium addict that has severely affected the family. Chai lives with his parents and helps them on the farm. His parents do not have enough money and time to properly take care of their son. Chai was frequently absent from school as he had to help his parents to on the farm.
One day Sister Betty, from a small foundation in Nan province in the North of Thailand, went to Chai’s village and saw the difficulties of his life and became concerned about his future. She then contacted Fr. Peter and asked for help from our foundation. Finally, Chai was brought to our Drop-In Center with the hope that he receives the best education available, and therefore the possibility of a good future. When Chai was transferred into our care he came with Nung who he knew from his village. The two boys are very good friends and feel happy to be together; they have grown so close many people confuse them for brothers.
Arrangements were made for Chai to start his formal education at Ban Nork School. He is studying in Grade 3 of the primary level. Here at our Drop-in Center, he mixes well with the children at the Center. Everyone is very pleased and relieved to observe Chai being able to adapt himself to the new environment as well as his friends, both at our Center as well as at school. He is able to take care of his personal routine and responsibilities. Chai is very helpful to his teachers, taking part in completing the household chores such as watering the vegetable garden and mopping the floor. Continued close monitoring and supervision are being maintained to ensure that his transition into his new life goes as smoothly as possible.
Chai will be advancing onto Grade 4 at Baan Nork School when the new school year begins in May. Chai is behind in his school because he has not been able to attend school consistently. He says that his favourite subject is Maths as there is a clear answer and there can be no argument about it. Chai continues to practice his reading and writing of Thai. His first language is Hmong, so his teacher states that he needs to improve which will happen through practice and repetition.
Chai has adjusted well to life at the Home. He has easily fallen into the routines of things and has made friends with many of the other boys his age. He is still close to Nung as they both come from the same area of Nan and are both able to speak Hmong to one another. It is very nice for both boys to have this close friendship. Our staff at the Home mention that Chai is a lovely boy who is very respectful, kind and polite.