Student Portrait

My name is Ei Poke. I was born in Myeik, Thanintaryi Division, Myanmar. There are five members in my family. My parents were farmers. When we were young, my father was always busy working in the farm, while my mother took care of household chores.

Early in my life, my family enjoyed a simple and peaceful life. Things began to fall apart when my parents supported Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), during military rule in 2007. My father publicly criticized acts of atrocity and lawlessness taken by the military government. Consequently, our farms were unfairly confiscated, and my father was arrested and interrogated. However, he was released after being interrogated for some time. In order to avoid being jailed and persecuted by the government, my parents decided to leave Myanmar and flee to a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar Border.

After arriving in Thailand, I continued my high school education at Nu Poe Refugee Camp. At the same time, I prepared myself to take the Myanmar matriculation examination in Mae Sot. After passing my matriculation exam, I enrolled in a GED preparation program and eventually obtained my GED certificate.

Since 2017, I have been looking for scholarship opportunities to continue my tertiary education. However, I have so far been unsuccessful. Earlier this year, I was shortlisted for an interview with Child’s Dream, but unfortunately, I was not selected to receive a scholarship.

In 2018, determined to continue my education, I took the university entrance exam and was finally able to do enroll in the social science program at Chiang Mai University. Since childhood, I have aspired to become a social worker. I am passionate about helping poor and underprivileged people, and I firmly believe that being a social worker will enable me to improve the lives of such people.

 About Ei Poke

  • Age: 29
  • Ethnicity: Burmese
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • Chiang Mai University
  • Bachelor’s, Social Science
  • Graduated

Goals & Dreams

  • Become a social worker
  • Improve the plight of people in my community
  • Help the poor

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $9,850
  • Amount Left To Fund: $9,200
  • Contract Duration: 14 years
  • Status: In Deferment
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Growing up in a refugee camp, I have developed a strong sense of responsibility. Moreover, I have come across people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and learned to get along with them despite our differences.

I feel a responsibility to contribute to my community after graduation. When I become a social worker, I would like to focus on planning and administrating various activities to develop my community. Improving the well-being of my community is my top priority, and I would like to dedicate my life to serving my community.

Written by Ei Poke with editing assistance from Zomia’s volunteer editors.

Ei Poke

Ei Poke

“I believe that being a social worker will enable me to improve the plight of people around me.”

Q&A With Ei Poke

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
Going on a picnic with my family
How would your friends describe you?
Hard-working, helpful, optimistic and kind
What is the one thing that isn’t taught in school but should be?
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
Social studies
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
Public speaking
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
Have good internet access
Where would you most like to travel?
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Pork sticks

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