Wacharaporn, 24 years old, a 5th year student, Faculty of Education, Nakhon Phanom University, with the role of a trainee teacher and she is also a youth leader in “Pai Ruam Kor” Group.
“I am a member of “Pai Ruam Kor” Group to do volunteer activities for community development,” Wacharaporn,24 years, a fifth-year student, the Faculty of Education, Nakhon Phanom University, told about her role as a member of the youth leaders who has been supported by “Child Sponsorship Programme” of World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT).
“Pai Ruam Kor Group, initiated by the group of youths in Ban Phaeng district, and is a group of young people who have been trained in life skills development and the skills of youth leadership by Ban Phaeng Area Development Programme, World Vision Foundation of Thailand. Most of the members are children in the “Child Sponsorship Programme” but there are other friends who join the camp and be the group members because of their interest in doing community development and the volunteer activities. Our group named “Pai Ruam Kor” was established in 2010,” told Wacharaporn.
“I live with my grandparents. My family is poor so I have been a child in the “Child Sponsorship Programme” since I was in grade 7. I'm very glad because the programme has given me a lot of things. My grandparents are old and have difficult lives so I thought I would have no chance to have higher education after I finished grade 9 and I had to be a worker to help grandparents. But because of the help that I have received from the sponsor, I can keep on studying until today. And in one more term, I will graduate bachelor's degree. Thank you the sponsor very much for your support,” Wacharaporn talked about the kindness of the sponsor who has given her happy life and educational opportunity until today.
Wacharaporn has taken the opportunity that she has received the most worthy. She pays attention in studying and enjoys every activity that the “Child Sponsorship Programme”, Ban Phaeng Area Development Programme, has organized both in the school and as the weekend activities, including the Life Skills Camp and Youth Leadership Development Camp which are the activities that enhance the experience outside classroom to Wacharaporn, “I have learned the strategies of thinking, communication, working together in a group and also practiced courage in expression. It’s like playing games, but every game and all activities have taught me and friends in many aspects. When WVFT staffs would like to set up the youth groups, I therefore volunteered to be a member. The group of mine called “Pai Ruam Kor” which means harmony. If we harmonize, we will have power and strength. I have done a lot of activities with WVFT staffs, such as last year my friends in “Pai Ruam Kor” and I had been seniors to support WVFT staffs as coordinators and trainers ofthe Youth Leadership Development Camp. We also trained younger children about Children’s Rights, Child Protection and the knowledge about neighboring countries in ASEAN.”
“We always have member meetings to create various activities to do together. There are activities to be tutors to enhance children learning, volunteer activities for community development, anti-drug campaign, and safe driving campaign during the festival. When we have created the activities, we propose the idea to WVFT staffs for organizing the activities,” Wacharaporn explained about the procedure in operating various volunteer activities of the youth group named “Pai Ruam Kor”.
Though Wacharaporn enjoys doing various activities with the youth group “Pai Ruam Kor”, she has never neglected her education. As a result, Wacharaporn could be admitted to the Faculty of Education, Nakhon Phanom University, “I would like to be a teacher, but after I passed the university admission, I was not sure whether I would have a chance to study or not because my grandparents had no money to support me,” Wacharaporn told another important turning point in her life, “I have to thank the scholarship of “Bachelor’s Degree Project” very much that has helped me to be able to study at the bachelor's degree programme without the need to trouble my grandparents. Now I am studying in the 5th year and having the course of trainee teacher, and I'm going to graduate soon”
“When I graduate, I will try to achieve the exam to be a teacher. When I have a job, I will support my grandparents, and I promise that I will give the educational opportunities to other needy children as I have received opportunity from the sponsor,” Wacharaporn told her life goals.