A short story from a Novice Monk in Laos

I have volunteered in Laos for 5 years now. Novice Bountay is one of the most imspiring young men I have met. He is such a committed student. He is seeking help for his village school as they don’t have any fans or writing material.

Hello! My name’s Novice Tay. I’m seventeen years old. I left from my family since I was ten to be a novice. I have less of time to visit them. Twice per year only. So miss them want to stay with them, but I also have my own dreams. Whenever I call to them. They always give me encouragement to keep going. So I have them to stay behind me. That is made me have encourage to study hard.

When I was young during the primary school education’s time I started to study at primary school. My parents gave me a small black board and some chalks. That’s tough time for students at school to study, cause we have to remember what the teacher taught the day from the day. When my board is full. I have to erase it, then start to write more. Now is a bit better, but they still want some help, but the stationary is not enough for them. The teacher also gave us the homework. We have to do it everyday and recite or review the lessons. Primary education is compulsory in Laos.

So now I knew how difficult it is, then I would like to help them to as much as I could.
Today they are children, but they will be adult in the future.
Thank you for your reading.

Sincerely,
Novice Bountay.

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