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Community situation

The data from Waeng Subdistrict Hospital indicates that in 2021, 22.95% of pregnant women have anemia, 6.28% of children between 0-5 years old are underweight, 6.90% of children between 0-5 years old are short, and 3.67% of children between 6-14 years old are overweight. Students attending religious classes on the weekends do not have lunch because the school does not have enough budget. To solve the problem, the community applies the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in community farming to produce safe food for lunch in the Tadika School and child development centers. The community also encourages children to grow their own vegetables to create a safe food source for people in the community.

Activities

  • ·   Raising catfish and growing oyster mushrooms at the Islamic Education Center, Ban Krue So Mosque
  • ·   Raising egg-laying ducks and growing vegetables at the Islamic Education Center, Ban Kuwa Mosque
  • ·   Raising chickens at the Islamic Education Center, Ban Kholo Tuwo Mosque
  • ·   Raising egg-laying chickens and ducks and growing vegetables at a farmer school
  • ·   Growing vegetables at two child development centers

Results

  • Parents invested money and labor in creating a safe food source, such as bamboo troughs for growing vegetables at the child development center.
  • The community donated animal feed.
  • People in the community and members of the six groups worked together to raise catfish, chickens and ducks, and grow mushrooms and vegetables.
  • Members who helped in the agricultural activities were encouraged and rewarded with the safe food they produced.

Participants

Baharuding Lomae, 43, has 6 children aged 2-14. He works on a rubber plantation and is a member of the Ban Krue So Volunteer Group consisting of 15 members. The activities of the group are growing vegetable gardens, fish farming, and making fermented fish. Baharuding has been raising catfish and carp for more than 2 years. The produce is sold to the Tadika School and child development centers at 50 THB per kilogram and 60 THB per kilogram to neighbors.

I’m happy to be able to do these activities with friends, to share my knowledge of fish farming, which is easy to do. It is a source of income and food for my children and for the students.”

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