We would like to share with you a story of one of our students, Kannika, who joined The Freedom Story’s scholarship program when she was 15. Her father had passed away and her remaining family of six were surviving on just 10$ a day. She is also a member of an ethnic minority group, making her much more vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking due to her lack of rights and lower social status.
When Kannika was in high school she moved into a Christian dormitory because it was closer to her school and she had been fighting with her mom constantly. As time went on, she began exhibiting symptoms of depression. She was regularly feeling exhausted and stressed so she began coming to see Khae, The Freedom Story’s on staff counselor. Khae accompanied Kannika to visit a doctor who diagnosed her with clinical depression and prescribed her medicine.
When Kannika was about to graduate high school she shared with Khae that she was stressed about her decision of what to do next. None of her friends were continuing their education and her Mother had told her that the family had no money to support her and wanted her to find a job.
Kannika is very gifted in her language abilities and speaks English and Mandarin well. Khae explained this would benefit her tremendously and give her many opportunities in the future if she continued her education. After three counseling sessions with Khae, Kannika ultimately decided she would continue her education in International English at a university in Chang Rai.
Kannika’s depression has improved significantly as she regularly comes to the Resource Center to spend time with Khae and the other Freedom Story staff. She also joins in on the counseling activities whenever they are offered. The Freedom Story Staff will continue to support and guide Kannika as she transitions into University.
With your support we are able to continue helping those such as Kannika!
With hope and gratitude,
The Freedom Story Team
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