Today, we begin a series of Love In Action profiles featuring real people whose lives are being touched by your revolucion purchases and the extraordinary work of our non-profit partners.
When Som Ying was only two years old, her father was put in jail and her mother, who suffers from a heart condition, was forced to raise her and her younger sister on her own for the 17+ years since. Because her mother must work so much, she couldn’t be available to help Som Ying with her problems, which left Som Ying feeling very alone and without guidance—until she met the staff at The Freedom Story.
In particular, The Freedom Story's scholarship director, Blah, has been a warm, calm, patient and motherly figure for Som Ying, helping her to feel welcome, safe and encouraged. Som Ying's biggest dream was to study in China after she graduated from high school. She hoped to get an education that would give her a more secure future, and she vows to come home to Thailand and teach Chinese to young children in rural villages like the one in which she grew up.
Through the help of mentors like Blah, Som Ying was able to seek out her own identity and achieve her dream. She finished high school, earned a scholarship to study in China and is currently in her third year of college studying Chinese and English.
Watch Som Sing's story.
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