1. SCHOOL LUNCHES
Many parents have lost their source of income, yet children going
to school still need their daily lunch. We are providing this meal
at a cost of 300 baht per child per month, or 2,400 baht for this
The school lunch program is already in action as of 12 January, 2005,
benefiting hundreds of children in several villages. Ban Ta Maprao
School is in Tambon Klong Pon in the Klong Tom district, Krabi province,
where 90% of the children come from families that lost their livelihood,
clothes, and school supplies. Though no one in the village died, the
villagers lost their materials and do not have the income to buy food
in order for their children to continue their schooling. The school
lunch program is supplying lunches to 100% of the 200 students in
Ban Ta Maprao and will continue to do so through the end of the school
2. SCHOOL LUNCH FARM
School lunch program
The school lunch program will be followed by a school lunch farm.
Teachers, parents and students will work together to produce vegetables,
and raise chicken and fish. Some of the produce will be used for lunch,
and some will be sold to buy rice and to invest in the next round
of crops and animals.
PDA will also start up a Shoe Bank for the children who work in the
farm, to which private donors and organizations around Thailand will
be encouraged to donate new shoes.
This will pay for books, uniforms, transportation and other
small, but necessary, incidental items. Primary school students will
receive 6,000 Baht; secondary school students will receive 8,000 Baht.
4. YOUTH PSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION AND EMPOWERMENT
For the children who survived the tsunami, the major psychological
issue is the loss of confidence. Not all the children in these communities
lost loved ones; however, many experienced damage to their homes and
a sudden disappearance of their parents' source of income. This brings
about a major lack of confidence which must be restored now in order
to ensure a strong future for them.
Communication through art
Children and youth will be invited to psychological rehabilitation
camps, as "campers", to receive psychological help and to join activities to allow them to express themselves and reduce depression,
anxiety and uncertainties generated by the tsunami. Additionally,
the camps will serve to prepare the "campers" for the future in which
they will form an integral part of their communities' rebuilding efforts.
Children from the North and Northeast of Thailand will be sent as
"camp counselors"; these children will be select members of the Village
Youth Government (see activity #10) who have shown the appropriate
leadership and compassion necessary to guide the "campers".
When the "campers" return to their village, they will form the core
of the new Village Youth Government, which PDA is establishing in
the target villages of southern Thailand as part of the overall tsunami
Our goals for the week are that the children:
1. regain confidence about life
2. gain new aspirations
3. discover new skills and learn to face new challenges
4. forge new friendships with people from their surrounding
communities as well as the children from northern Thailand are enlightened
with a new understanding of humanity, with a progressive tolerance
towards friendship with other cultures
Youth aged 14 - 24 years will elect 8 representatives (equal
number male and female) to form a Village Youth Government. This group
will be given special training to manage relief and the future affairs
of the village, including activities of this project. The Village
Youth Government will be a permanent institution in all villages.
It has been PDA's experience over the last five years that all former
youth government participants, compulsorily "retiring" from the youth
government at age 25, have all been elected to the local Tambon Administration
Organization (TAO). The TAO is a legal entity which overseas approximately
12 villages or 9,000 people.
Ten of our most promising current members, as well as some alumni,
from the North and Northeast will go to the south to promote, train,
and help implement the Village Youth Government system.