“Not a single drop of wastewater will hit the ground” is the sentence that Manas Sawasdee, who is among villagers in Nong Haen sub-district affected by toxic waste, recalled clearly from the day when KSD Recycle Co told local residents in a meeting, asking them for permission to treat the waste that it would take from other places in the locality.
The quest of public participation in Thailand
The Network of Eastern Friends was formed by the people who got up to fight against dangers brought by the Eastern Seaboard Development Project. Many members of the network have become community-based researchers. They have been gathering evidence to cope with the large-scaled operators who have been polluting the environment.
Story by Mr. Aydan Stuart
National Health Commission Office’s volunteer
From School of Oriental and African Studies, London, U.K.
The network of Sub-district Administrative Organization from across the country joined in the Walk Rally at Soungmen sub-district, Phrae province, in order to learn about the health statue formulation process and set direction for improvement of local people’s health.
Volunteer's spirit at the NHA
Volunteers from Thammasat University
The Health Assembly is “a process in which the relevant public and State agencies exchange their knowledge and cordially learn from each other through a participatory and systematically organized forum, leading to recommendations on Healthy Public Policies or Public Healthiness.” excerpted from the book Health Assembly: New Mechanism for participatory Healthy Public Policy Development.
Sam Spicer – School of Oriental and African Studies Wei Tang - School of Oriental and African Studies Hans Andreas - School of Oriental and African Studies. Volunteers at the National Health Commission Office Thailand.
- “Patients are the people, not the illness.” - - “As we advance in higher education, we see much less of the patient and more of the illness… to the point that when we meet patients, we see nothing but the illness they suffer from.” -
Arokaya is a natural recovery center located at the Wat Kam Pramong Temple in Sawang Sub-District, Panat Nikom District, Sakol Nakorn Province. The meaning of “Arokaya” is derived from the Balinese language with the meaning: “A place without illness”. Arokaya centre is under supervision of the abbot Baponpat Jiratammo, or affectionately known by the locals as “Luangta” (Grandfather Abbot).
Model learning center - Volunteer spirit for society at Wang Kanai Sub-District, Ta Muang District, Kanchanaburi Province.
- “They are unable to care for themselves… they have neither children nor grandchildren to care for them. There is an elderly man who lives with Luangta (Grandfather Abbot) and his children never came by to visit him – not even once. This made me feel sympathetic and I really wanted to help him. But all I could do is feed him rice and medicine. I want his children to visit him sometimes to give him encouragement and free him from suffering.”
- “If my own parents were suffering like this, I would never leave them alone for sure.”