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The malnutrition problem is found among children: 31.25% at the Ban Talat Lam Mai Child Development Center and 39.13% at Lam Mai Municipal Kindergarten School. In the Ban Nam Yen Child Development Center, 15.78% of the children are underweight and have short stature. We carried out activities with these three educational establishments to promote the production of safe and nutritious food for children and members of the community.
Lam Mai Subdistrict Municipality recruited members from vulnerable groups, such as women, the elderly, or low-income people, who can raise chickens to join the program. The family of Saowakon Boonsricharoen, 65, is one of ten households selected by the municipality to raise egg-laying chickens. Each family received five chickens from the municipality. The Boonsricharoen family has 5 members, including three members aged 39–40, and an 11-year-old child. Currently, four chickens lay 3-4 eggs/day, but the other one has not yet laid eggs. The eggs are consumed in the household. Other families, however, have an average of 4-5 eggs per day because of all the five chickens they received lay eggs.
When neighbors visit us, they say it’s good that we don’t have to buy eggs. We received financial support from the Prince of Songkla University and the municipality to raise egg-laying chickens. At least, we did not have to spend too much on the starter kit. I have a friend who raises chickens too. He’s 72 years old, has a kidney disease, and needs to eat six eggs a day. When the chickens start laying 3-4 eggs a day, he doesn’t have to buy as many eggs as before. Besides, raising chickens makes me happy. COVID really stresses me out, but I relieve stress by watching and talking to chickens. They make me happy.”