The Helpful Villagers started this project about 5 years ago (in 2014) with the idea that we wanted to contribute resources to those learning English. There are many programs and curriculums that teach phonics and letters and reading and our books, games and materials can enhance and supplement what already exists.
As parents and teachers, living and working in a country where English is not widely spoken, the materials we create really help our own students in a fun way.
In the future, we hope to complete many books and different series on family, seasons and different holidays and customs from around the world. We are also planning different sets of flashcards, worksheets and games that you can download and use for free.
Our team of Helpful Villagers are all volunteers and we do this part time and use our own resources and time to produce these items. We hope you enjoy them and learn from them. Thank you.
Joe Sumay Thee was born in Phitsanulok, Thailand. He graduated with a degree in packaging design and enjoys his work as a toy designer and illustrator.
In 2009 he was given a BIG Toy Design Award from the Department of International Trade Promotion. He has produced his own activity books for kids which was published in Thailand and Malaysia.
Currently, he resides in his hometown where he lives happily with his wife and two sons.
As a “diplomat brat,” Socelyn has had the incredible opportunity to live in various parts of the world. Thus having a special affinity for travel, she values cultural differences and has always held a fascination for linguistics.
Highly interested in language and entrepreneurship, Socelyn focused her Bachelor’s in English and her Master’s in Business Administration and most fluently speaks Tagalog and Hawaiian.
For the Helpful Villagers, she has been our chief editor as well as a principal sponsor.
Som has been an amazing resource for the team. From content development, product testing and public relations, she also does the translating and considers legal matters for the group.
Harry is the writer of the team. Born in Aklan, Philippines, raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, studied in New York, he has degrees in English, TEFL and a Masters in Education. He has been teaching for over 20 years.
They are both teachers and currently reside and work in Bangkok, Thailand with their wonderful children.
Santhya Shenbagam R is a self-taught digital artist and children’s book illustrator from Tamilnadu, India.
Her love for art blossomed after her daughter was born. She says, all her art is inspired by her little one and her kid is the best critic of her work. She is very passionate about what she does and loves drawing every single day. She feels humbled and happy to be a part of the Helpful Villagers.
Jonathan has worked with the Helpful Villagers in many capacities. His great efforts and professionalism has been the basis of our early website designs and maintenance.
A teacher, computer expert and father, Jonathan is a blessing to have on our team.
Abdul Qhodir, is from Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia. He has been working as an illustrator for almost 5 years.
Currently he lives in a village in Pasuruan Regency with his wife and cute daughter. He is very happy to draw, and also very proud to be a part of the Helpful Villagers. He says that hopefully the Helpful Villagers can be useful for many people.
Kissy has lived in the southern part of the U.S. most of her life. Her love for art came early during her pre-teen years. She loves children and has monitored children of all ages. Kissy has worked and taught in the educational field for over 16 years. In her spare time she enjoys movies, poetry and spending time with friends and family.
Kissy is one of our illustrators who has contributed her time and talent to make our stories come alive.
Nalah is the future artist, writer and designer of the Helpful Villagers. For now, she gets to play with all of the games, read all of the books and build her phonics and reading skills with the content we are creating.