A Tapori Mini-Book
What is a Tapori minibook ? Tapori minibooks are true stories of children and their family from all around the world. It is the first time that a story from Thailand enters in the “Children of Courage” series edited by Tapori. What is Tapori ? A worldwide network of children from different backgrounds whose motto is “We want all the children to have the same chances”. It is lead by ATD Fourth World International. Join as a Tapori member: Tapori Minibook “The True Story of Fon” invites children to share their questions, insights, and hopes for a better world by contributing the campaign “About us” booklet making project at the international level. To know more: visit Tapori website: www.tapori.org
A girl from Thailand
Book-making Campaign “About YOU!”
Share about you: → Create YOUR Book!
A Tapori Minibook
Directions for your book: → Think about Fon's life and think about your life: With whom do you like to learn? Why? → Write about the skills of this person, how this person makes you happy to learn → Describe one moment when you are very happy learning with friends or loved ones, your favorite activity, recipe, magic trick, handicraft... → Use regular size paper (A4) like this booklet and fold it in the middle. → Be creative! Use writing, drawings, songs, collages, paint, whatever you want. Bind your book with colorful string, or make it like a concertina. Have FUN! → Put your name, age and address on the last page. Mail your booklet to Tapori:
Chemin Galiffe 5, CH- 1201 GENEVA OR : ATD - TAPORI Thailand 84/1 Soi Kingplu Sathorn 11 10120 BANGKOK THAILAND
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FON The true story of a girl from Thailand
After the excitement of the Loy Kratong festival, life returns to its daily routine. Fon continues to sell garlands with her grandmother and keeps up with school. But then one day, Fon's grandmother gets hit by a car! She has to spend several weeks in hospital. Fon and her grandfather visit her every day.
Fon is a little girl who lives in Thailand, a country in Southeast Asia. Her name means “rain” in Thai language. Fon's house is in a very crowded area. All the houses of the place are built close together, made of wooden planks, scrap metal and other second-hand material. The families from Fon's neighborhood have left their province with hopes to find a better life in Bangkok. Many of them work now as street vendors. They sell sweet potatoes, peanuts, fruit, corn, flavored drinks... Fon's grandmother makes and sells beautiful flower garlands with jasmine and red roses.
- “Fon, my little one” says the grandmother, “you know, I won't be able to make garlands anymore like before.” 12
- “I really like going to school”, Fon tells him. “My teacher is nice, and I'm one of the best in my class. But since I miss a lot of days, I might have to repeat the school year.”
One day Fon gathered the courage to ask her grandmother: - “Can I make and sell flower garlands, too, so our family has a little bit more money?”
The volunteer comforts her: - “Don't worry. The rainy season is over now. I'm sure your teacher will be happy that you won't miss school as often. And you will be happy too!” Then he suggests: - “Fon, go over to help explain to the younger kids what the Loy Kratong festival is!”
G Grandmother told her that she might prick her finger with the needle! But Fon kept asking until her grandmother agreed to let her try. 10
When Fon returns to class, her teacher asks her: - “Why did you stop coming to school? Where did you go?” Fon is sad and nervous, but she explains how she helps her family and the difficulties she faces when it rains.
A string loops over Fon's neck to support the tray she is holdings in front of her with the flower garlands nicely displayed. Fon goes from one table to the next: - “Would you like some flowers? Each garland only costs ten baht*!”
Fon's teacher does not send her home. She suggests Fon stay after school to catch up on her lessons and arranges another time for her to take the test.
- “My teacher is so nice!” Fon says to herself. 8
* The baht is the money of Thailand. 10 baht is equal to about 30 cents in US money.