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Training needed for the disabled

Anyone for some Lychees?

Training needed for the disabled

International conference on CBR

Surachai T. Bunditkul

SAORI Creative Center, a help center for disabled children, ran a seminar at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel during June 3-12 on “Principles and Concepts for Strengthening Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Movement” in cooperation with organizations from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.

Tu, mentally handicapped, and Naree, physically handicapped demonstrate hand weaving.

Professor Akiie Niomiya, chief advisor of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said, “The aim of the CBR program is public awareness of the issues surrounding people with disabilities which they and their families must face.”

This project contributes not only to the economic independence of disadvantaged people, but also to an improvement in public awareness towards people with disabilities.

Professor Akiie Niomiya, the chief advisor from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) pointed out, “The aim of the CBR program is public awareness of the issues surrounding people with disabilities which they and their families must face. This is also one common obstacle in implementing these programs in Asian countries. The CBR program can provide a step to develop vocational opportunities for people with disabilities. Thailand is a good start. The program should spread out over Asia soon,” he added.

CBR conferences will be arranged every month with coordinated organizations to follow the results and progress of the project. The next meeting will be in Bangkok, and this September HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will graciously preside over the foundation stone laying ceremony for the disabled center.


Anyone for some Lychees?

Surachai T. Bunditkul

Chiang Mai municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Northern Region 1, arranged the Chiang Mai Lychee Fair during June at Thapae Gate with many spectacular activities.

Surapoj Nimanon (inset), head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Agriculture Extension Office, addresses the audience at the opening ceremony. When lychees are in season, they retail at 25 baht per kilo. (Photos by Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut)

The head of Chiang Mai Provincial Agriculture Extension Office, Surapoj Nimanon, pointed out interesting statistics to show that Chiang Mai is a province where there are around 55,736 rai of lychee plantations. Since it is hoped to increase the popularity of lychees world-wide, Chiang Mai launched the Lychee Fair to promote and support Thai fruits.

The fair was in two sections. The first was to sell fresh lychees and lychee products from farmer’s wives groups (from 24 districts of Chiang Mai). The second was involved with activities such as the Miss Lychee contest, lychee exhibition and performances of Maejo University students.