Below, Asian University for Women scholarship recipient Res Phasy describes the strong will of her parents, the hardships they faced, and their dream for her to have an education.
My parents did not only give me a life, but they nurtured me with their kindness. They like to help old poor villagers even though we are poor. My mother came from the rural area. She has nine siblings and she is the oldest. She had to work almost of the housework because her two sisters and two brothers went to school and other sisters, brothers were so small. She went fishing with my grandfather at three o’clock am. When she came back she went to collect the water and climbed up the hill of river bank with a couple heavy pails on her shoulders. In addition she fed animals and cooked the food. Her clothes always were wet and dirty. All of the days, she did not have time to take a nap.