Sarem spent his childhood in Jeepan village with his parents and seven siblings. His whole family worked while he was encouraged to go to school; Sarem becomes teary-eyed when recounting the sacrifices his family made so that he may pursue his dreams.
Sarem was especially good in English. He began teaching English to different families, earning $25 each month. He eventually won a scholarship to Dewey University where he met Teacher Noeng who encouraged him to apply for a position with TASSEL. To this day, Sarem is deeply thankful that he was offered the position as he, just like his peers at TASSEL, values the chance to not only teach English but to also serve the poor.
In early 2016, Sarem's dream became true when TASSEL started a school in his village. TASSEL now has four classrooms built on Sarem's father's farm. In addition to helping start the village's first English school, Sarem is also deeply involved in visiting families and tending to food and medical needs together with foreign volunteers.
This is an excerpt from an essay that Teacher Sarem wrote about his life:
"Years ago, I asked myself ‘How can the poor help the poor?’ And now I can answer the question: I can because of TASSEL. I have changed myself incredibly since working with TASSEL. TASSEL is a reflection of the purest heart for help. My life really changed. I can work, help serve the poor, improve my English, communicate with foreigners, change lives, and improve other skills as well. I can especially change my heart through learning to give help, love, and care to other people. My life will be perfect when the people I help continue to help others."