Ann is an 18 year old girl who was born and raised in Thailand. Her grandmother originally came from Laos, 60 years ago, and settled in a small rural village. The grandmother never got any official Thai papers and neither did her daughter. This meant that when Ann was born she was the daughter to an illegal migrant in Thailand; Ann also didn't get papers. Ann was allowed to follow primary school but without a proper birth certificate she couldn't continue her education any further. She started working in underpaid jobs, at risk of exploitation, had no rights to speak up; after all, she too didn't exist in any records. Ann's mother died of AIDS a couple of years ago leaving Ann to be the breadwinner for her now elderly grandmother and her 2 younger brothers, of which the youngest one does have an official Thai birth certificate and thus can attend school.
With the money raised through Global Giving we will support Ann to start in High School Adult Education. At the same time Siam-Care is working on getting her and her brother official papers so once Ann has finished high school she can do a vocational training and get a fair pay for the work she will do.
A World Bank research paper tells us that "an extra year of secondary school boosts girl's eventual wages by 15 to 25 percent".
Thanks to the donations, Ann has a much brighter future ahead than she ever had before!
An other little miracle in the family's life is that Siam-Care was able to get some villagers involved in building a new house for the family, supported by the local government. From a very poor hut they now got a much nicer, and rainproof, wooded house. Things are starting to look up for the family.
In the pictures
1) the old house
2) Ann with her grandmother and 2 brothers in front of their, what will be, new house.