My name is Paw Paw. I’m a citizen of Myanmar and have six members in my family. I am the eldest among my siblings. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister who are also students.
My father is a farmer. He must work every day because he has to feed his family and support us to attend school. My father works day and night, and my mother tries to help him as much as she can.
My family is poor; we don’t have our own farm, so my dad has to work for other people. My family must live on a modest income. Sometimes, we don’t have enough food or enough money to spend on our education. My father struggles a lot so we can continue our education.
When I was in 4th grade, my mom asked me to quit school because we didn’t have money to buy food and pay for school. Instead of doing so, I chose to study and take care of my younger siblings at the same time. I was very tired, but I had to do it because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to continue my education.
When I finished 7th grade in 2012 , a civil war was being fought between Karen armed groups and the Myanmar army near the Thai-Myanmar border. Many Karen soldiers and villagers died, and we had to flee from our homes.
I moved to Thailand and studied at a migrant school until I finished high school. After graduating, I began preparing for the General Educational Development (GED) exam. At the time, I lived in a dormitory with hundreds of people. It was good situation for me because I didn’t have to pay anything to stay there.
About Paw Paw
- Age: 20
- Ethnicity: Karen
- Country: Myanmar
School & Program
- Payap University
- Bachelor’s, English Communication
- 2nd Year in Program
Goals & Dreams
- Become an English teacher
- Travel to Japan and Korea
- Loan Amount: $1,925
- Amount Left To Fund: $1,925
- Contract Duration: 10 years
- Status: In School
What Others Are Saying About Paw Paw
During my time there, I was responsible for cooking for the entire dormitory. I was among the team leaders in school and was also in charge of student fellowship. I volunteered as a teacher, and I was so happy because I love to teach. I am proud of myself for being useful to the community.
Currently, I am doing a bachelor’s degree in English Communication at Payap University. After graduating, I plan to return to Myanmar to work as an English teacher. I prefer to teach in private schools in Yangon or in other parts of Myanmar. During holidays, I will give English lessons to those who want to improve their English language skills and help prepare them for further education and career development.
My dream is to help Myanmar develop by sharing my knowledge, experience, and education with others. I want everyone to be educated and have a better life.
Written by Paw Paw with editing assistance from Zomia’s volunteer editors.
“My dream is to help Myanmar develop by sharing my knowledge, experience, and education with others. I want everyone to be educated and have a better life.”