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Born to Be - Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation

March 2014 │ Thailand

Through Born to Be, Deutsche Bank works with the Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation (SPF) to provide education scholarships to children affected by HIV/AIDS in northern Thailand, supporting them through their tertiary education.

Saranya is a beneficiary under Deutsche Bank’s partnership with SPF. She has fulfilled her dream of becoming a nurse and is currently working in a hospital in Chiang Mai, but this did not come easily for the 26 year-old.

When Saranya was seven, both of her parents passed away, leaving her with her elderly grandfather. As he was in poor health, it was difficult for him to support Saranya through school. Fortunately, SPF stepped in and offered Saranya a scholarship, which allowed her to stay in school. 

To fulfil her dreams of becoming a nurse and taking care of her family, Saranya worked hard at her studies in order to gain entry into the nursing school at Chiang Mai University, a highly sought-after and competitive course.

During her first year in university, her grandfather, her only living relative, passed away. To honour her grandfather’s memory, Saranya remained strong and continued to work hard in nursing school.

Saranya became the first university graduate from Deutsche Bank’s partnership with SPF and proudly went on to become a nurse in the Maharaj Hospital, where she is able to help others on a daily basis.

She said: “I would like to thank Deutsche Bank for giving me and other beneficiaries a chance at education, to be able to go on living in this world, and especially for enabling me to help other people.”

Chuchawal Pringpuangkeo, President, Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation, said: “On behalf of Sem Pringpuangkeo Foundation, I would like to express my gratitude to Deutsche Bank for its generosity in providing continued educational opportunities to our orphans since 2003.  Your contribution has helped us to fulfill our mission of improving the lives of these underprivileged children through the access of quality education with positive and lifelong benefits. Our sincere appreciation to your continued support and the powerful impact it has on the future of our children.”

In 2014, around 40 high school and university students will graduate as a result of Deutsche Bank / SPF scholarships.

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