Birthday: October 14, 2012
Arrival: December 28, 2017
Project: Father Ray Children’s Village
Family History and General Information
JJ, Ben, and Palm are brothers. They come from a poor and broken family in Rayong – where is not too far from Pattaya. Their parents are separated while their father was serving a prison sentence for selling drugs. Their mother is remarried and moved to live at Chanthaburi- a province adjacent to Rayong.
JJ is the youngest of the of three brothers. JJ is living with a couple who are the neighbours of his grandmother living in an impermanent and dirty rented room, completely unsuitable to grow up in. The couple are earning a livelihood by being rag pickers. They cannot properly take care of JJ because they addicted to drugs. In order to keep JJ safe, the grandmother decided to ask for help from our Drop-In Center with the hope that he receives the best education available, and therefore the possibility of a good future.
JJ is welcomed by every member of the Village to live in the eighth house. Like all children here, he is well looked after by the Caregiver “Mother” who takes care of the children under the “we are family” concept and gives them the family life that all children require and deserve.
JJ will continue in Grade 1 when the new school year starts in May. He is a bit behind in his studies and it was decided it would be beneficial for him to repeat Grade 1 again to make sure that he has a strong, established foundation for his education. JJ is working hard and learning to read, write and recite the Thai and English alphabets. His house mother helps him with his homework every evening and helps him with extra tuition on the weekend.
At school, JJ gets along well with all his classmates. He is friends with everyone, but at the Village, his best friends are his two older brothers Ben and Palm. They play everything together, including going on adventures and getting into lots of mischief. JJ is a very active young boy who loves running around, playing football and competing in marbles with his friends.
JJ has a very good appetite, eating pretty much anything, but his favourite foods he says are papaya salad and all vegetables. Overall, he continues to be healthy and strong with no major issues.
During the school’s holidays he was lucky to be able to go to Hat Sai Kaew Navy Beach with the rest of the Village. JJ loves swimming and he had an amazing time playing in the water and sand – exploring all the little fish and creatures the beach had to offer.
JJ is living happily in House Number 8. His mother and stepfather come to visit him and his brothers from time to time.
The school closed for the summer holidays in April and JJ spent a couple of weeks at a local temple, ordained as a novice monk.