My name is Mook, I have been living in Australia for three years. During that time, I studied English and completed the academic IELTS test. The reason I did the exam was to enable me to study graphic design and I have just completed a diploma of graphic design with TAFE.  Now, I’m working as a graphic designer with Media Merchants. Before I came to Sydney, I was living in Bangkok for four years and graduated with a bachelor degree in English business from university in Bangkok.

A turning point in my life was when I was eleven  years old, having lost my mother some years before and my father passed away. A lady in my village introduced me to a caring lady by the name of Khun Rotjana. 

She put me into boarding school for three years. When the Tsunami devastated Thailand, Khun Rotjana moved to one of the worst affected areas Khao Lak to help the children that were left without mother, father or relatives. This is where Hands Across the Water came into our lives. Baan Tharn Namchai (BTN) was built for the children and Khun Rotjana demanded that I leave boarding school and join her, where she could continue to look after me. I didn’t want to go, but she forced me, and that was a turning point in my life. I had the protection of her guidance and the financial support of Hands Across the Water (Hands).

Without Hands, Narta, Media Merchants, Khun Peter and some people in my life, Khun Kay, Khun Jimmy, Khun Rotjana and other people, I wouldn’t be here today, living my life in Sydney and with the best job that was given by Media Merchants. For me, I wasn’t a kid who had a bad story, but I’m the one who has received  wonderful opportunities in my life.

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