“Knowing value of life, Having thorough knowledge in doing and Living as the giver,” are the code of living of Wisit Intapat or “Kru Pump”, (“Kru” means teacher and his nickname is “Pump” ). As being a teacher of the nation and his work is like a candle that brighten up the wisdom of his students to have knowledge, ability and morality, he believes that these are property of having good life in the future as he has received the opportunity.
‘Kru Pump’ grew up in the imperfect family. His parents separated since he was a child then the burden of parenting fell on two grandparents. With the poverty of family, buying the rice to eat was difficult so in his childhood, ‘Kru Pump’ had to wake up early in the weekend and followed his grandfather to work as blue collar worker with the hope to relieve the burden of his grandpa.
“I remember that it was very difficult, very tired, very hot and very itchy. I helped grandpa picked the corn and we earned 25 baht per one big sack of corn. I also cut the tall sugar cane and a bundle of twelve sugar cane earned 2 baht. In each day, I had to cut at least 50 bundles in order to have money to go to school,” Kru Pump told.
On the day that the future of his life was invisible, the boy attempted to take his responsibility with perseverance and good intention until he received the help through the “Child Sponsorship Programme” supported by World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) in Phu Mane Area Development Programme, Uthai Thani province while he was in grade 3. Throughout the duration of elementary school, he received student uniforms, socks and shoes, notebooks and other school supplies. All these objects helped him to be ready to learn and to ease the burden of family expenses. He also received the professional skills development and attended the life skills development camp organized by WVFT while he was in high school, “I was very happy and also received the gifts sent from the sponsor,” Kru Pump smiled broadly.
The more he receives opportunity, the harder he try working. Kru Pump told, “When life is less fortunate, it’s more tired than anyone else and needs to be diligent, patient, tolerant, and the most important thing is encouraging oneself.”
After finishing high school, the dream to have higher education had to be stopped because there was no financial support. But with the difficulties that the family has to face, the only way to get out of the cycle of poverty is through knowledge.
“I decided to study at the Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University, Faculty of Education and took the exam to get the province’s scholarship. I also received dormitory fees from WVFT and it was very helpful. After school, I went to work at the steakhouse and earned 200 baht per day for working from 5pm – 11pm, and woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning to go to study.” Even Kru Pump had to study and take on a part time job, he could graduate with 3.2 GPA.
“Thank you WVFT and auntie Rattana very much for supporting me since I was in grade 3. Thanks for all teaching and suggestion that I still remember to this day. I would like to tell auntie that today I got a success to be a graduate and received the degree certificate from His Majesty the King. If having no support from auntie Rattana and WVFT, there will be no a teacher of kids in this day,” Kru Pump said with gratefulness.
While ‘Auntie Rattana’ or Ms Rattana Rujikiatkamjorn told the story happily in the event, “Thanks from the heart… to move forward together” held by World Vision Foundation of Thailand recently, “I have started sponsoring ‘Kru Pump’ since 1999 after I had been unemployed for a while. And after having a stable job, I have deducted a part of salary to sponsor children through WVFT because I think I have enough income to share to needy children. Last year we have met in Bangkok and Kru Pump told me that it was the last term and that time he was a trainee for being a teacher. I am glad that he has perseverance and can graduate from university. I haven’t thought that we will meet again in his academic dress. I am very happy and very surprised.”
At present, ‘Kru Pump’ works at Tharnpanya School. He is a teacher who is compared to the candle that lighten the path of children. He also plans to continue master’s degree in order to increase the knowledge to pass on to children who are the future of the nation.