Daranee Akkara

Age: 13 years old
Gender: Girl
Country: Thailand

Daranee is a sweet little girl living with her parents and one sister in a mountain village in Thailand. Both parents are farmers who use government land to grow crops of rice and corn. Currently the family is in debt because they are unable to raise enough crops to cover their expenses. They live in a concrete and wood house with a metal roof. One day Daranee would like to be a teacher.

Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, and many people also believe in the spiritual realm. Children from poor families go to state-run schools where teaching is sub-standard. Their parents normally have little education and cannot be relied upon to help them.  School children seldom reach the ninth grade and most end up working in family farms. Since the people have very low or no education, they lack basic knowledge of life skills like personal hygiene, household management, family planning and balancing budgets.