The 9 years old girl named “Sathika” and nicknamed “Khawpod” is a cheerful kid. She likes studying and has a dream to be a teacher. The little girl lives with her parents in Ban Mae Han village. This is a small village and most of the villagers work in agriculture which depends upon rainwater. When there is no water, crops die, farmers lose their income but they still have the expenses everyday so that they have to borrow money from the loan sharks with extremely high interest rate at 20% per day. After harvesting animal feed corn, Khawpod’s mother named “Orapin” had no job and no income. Because of the poverty stricken situation, she had to borrow money for three kids to go to school and for other family expenses. It was the time that Khawpod’s family had to go through difficulty.
With the kindness of the sponsors donating to Khawpod through “Child Sponsorship Programme” in the Mae Sariang Area Development Programme (ADPs), Mae Hong Son province, Khawpod’s family and the other 40 families have received the career support to raise the cows in order to increase their income to earn a living and have enough money for food and education expenses of their children.
“At that time, I would like to raise a cow but it was unaffordable to me. Luckily, WVFT came to inform me that they would give the career support so I immediately signed that I was interested in raising cows. In 2011, the price of cows were expensive and I was very glad to receive a cow to raise because it could make a good profit. The cow is easy to care for and just let it eats grass naturally and gives haystack to it in the dry season,” Orapin told cheerfully as she enjoys what she has done.
Orapin, mother of Khawpod, has received a local breed cow to raise in the rice field nearby her house. Cow farming does not need high capital and it is profitable so her cow farming is successful. From one female cow that received from World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) six years ago, now the cow has given birth to 8 calves. Orapin sold 2 calves and has the rest of 7 including the first cow from WVFT which is pregnant again and it will give birth to a new calf in a few months. For the money from selling calves, Orapin spends it for the family and has separated a part of money to be a savings for the higher education of her daughter.
Now the girl, “Khawpod”, is in grade 3 and it needs a lot of education expenses to finish bachelor degree. However, Orapin is not worried about the education of her daughter because she knows that she can continue the cow farming and earns regular income. As working and savings in many years, her family will have a better well-being eventually.
“Not as troubling as before, I am very glad that I have a cow farming and I also have time to look after my daughter. Thank you WVFT to support a good career to me and has sponsored my daughter for her education,” The mother, “Orapin”, talked about the change that brings happiness to her family and gives a hope to her daughter, “Khawpod”, to have higher education to step on the path to success which is waiting ahead.