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Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns

               Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns

The Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage (MFLF), in conjunction with the Royal Initiative Discovery Foundation (RIDF), held its third development volunteer training workshop according to the Mae Fah Luang Manual for 54 development volunteers from the three southern border provinces: Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. The participants were recruited by community leaders or selected by volunteers who had completed prior workshops.

Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns

The three-month workshop allowed participants to gain a first-hand experience of sustainable development principles, technical knowledge and the qualities of a good development practitioner. They spent two months at Mae Fah Luang Foundation’s Piang Kor training centre in Nan Province, and the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai province, as well as one month in the northeastern provinces of Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Kalasin.

Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns

During the workshop, participants studied the theory as well as the practical side of the Mae Fah Luang sustainable development model which covers various areas, namely Water - water system survey, water measurement, how to build check dams; Forest - forest survey, seeding and propagation, greenhouse management, economic forest inspection; Soil - soil improvement; Agriculture - basic plant knowledge, vegetable plot preparation, sufficiency agriculture, farming on paper; Livestock - basic livestock knowledge, livestock funding, disease management, vaccination, animal feed crops; Handicrafts –learning the principles and management of non-agricultural vocations at the handicraft facilities - weaving and sewing, mulberry paper, ceramics production, carpet tufting and coffee roasting – at the Cottage Industries Centre and Outlet (52 Rai) at Doi Tung Development Project, Chiang Rai province.

Furthermore, participants were also taught to capture GPS locations, map reading, how to present daily reports, how to design a development project, and how to prepare daily updates through an evaluation of lessons learned each day.

After the intensive three-month training course, the 54 participants assembled at MFLF’s office in Bangkok for a wrap-up session to assure their readiness to embark on their own community development projects based on what they learned. This session was also attended by executives of MFLF, RIDF and Rak Kaew Foundation. MFLF will continue to keep updated with the participants after they return home.

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Viewpoints and expectations from youth volunteers from the three southern border provinces after completing the “Development Practitioner according to the Mae Fah Luang Manual” workshop.

Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns

Ms. Khodiyoh Mudor and Ms. Badariyah Saeseng

“We learned about the six development principles according to the Mae Fah Luang Manual consisting of Water, Soil, Forest, Agriculture, Livestock and Handicraft. Mostly, we studied about agriculture and development which we had already learnt from university so it wasn’t hard to understand the process. Moreover, we also learned about King Rama 9’s work philosophy, the Sufficiency Economy, the principles of Understanding, Involvement and Development, as well as the 6 principles of development from the Mae Fah Luang Manual. After three months of training, our world has been opened up. In the north and northeast, even when farming has to be done on steep hillsides, people still work hard every day, compared to our southern region where the land is more fertile yet left uncultivated. We are thinking about how to improve the land and adjust the attitude among our neighborhood, so they can feel the urge to improve themselves and become more self-reliant. They should learn how to prepare a household balance sheet, and manage their resources for better productivity. It’s best to start from our own home then expand to the community.”

Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns

Mr. Yusof Dueramaehayee

“Before attending the course, I got a job as an Arabic interpreter for a private hospital in Bangkok but I didn’t want to take it because of the high cost living in Bangkok, and it didn’t seem sustainable to me. Then I heard about Nan from a friend, and how you had to stay up in the mountains where it was very cold, and I wondered how it could be possible. But we are all human beings, and if the northern people can do it, then I had to be able to do it as well. There, I learnt many skills which I can rely on into old age. I also thought I could use them to develop my hometown because, compared to the north, we have more resources: arable plains, water and forests. Moreover, according to Islamic principles, we can do great deeds by helping others, which fits with the development principles that I learned during the course.”

Development volunteers from 3 southern border provinces to apply the Mae Fah Luang development guidelines in their hometowns

Mr. Adul Dolah

“I have my own ‘Khai Tao’ snack business back home in Pattani. At first I started a small shop in front of the university. After graduation, I opened new branches in Yala and Narathiwat which are doing very well. But the reason I joined the course is I want to learn the development principles from the Mae Fah Luang Manual, some of which are close to the Islamic principles, for example, the principles of Understanding, Involvement and Development, are consistent to ta’aruf – getting to know each other, tafahum – understanding each other, and takaful – helping each other. In Nan I learned a lot from the instructors so I really hope to bring this knowledge back to my hometown and help bring more development to the community.”