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20th Corrections Products Exhibition on at Kham Thiang Market

Mae Hong Son receives bicycles from lottery office

20th Corrections Products Exhibition on at Kham Thiang Market

Preeyanoot Jittawong
Handicrafts produced by prisoners are being offered for sale at the 20th Northern Region Corrections Products Exhibition. The exhibition, which takes place between August 25th and September 4th, is being held at the general purpose section of Kham Thiang Market.

Wood-carving products made by prisoners are on display at the exhibition.

Jarupong Ruengsuwan, undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, opened the exhibition on August 25th, and was welcomed by Natthee Jitsawang, director general of the Department of Corrections.
The exhibition is displaying handicrafts produced mainly by prisoners from regions 5 and 6, though other regions are also represented. In total, 24 prisons are involved in the exhibition.
The exhibition hopes to foster a sense of acceptance and forgiveness between the prisoners and the general public, in order to make the prisoner’s return to normal life easier. Prisoners will receive money from the sale of their handicrafts, to be used during their imprisonment or saved for after their release
The previous 19 corrections products exhibitions have been a great success, with many products being offered for sale at festivals and department stores throughout the northern region.

Natthee Jitsawang, director general of the Department of Corrections, presents a souvenir to Jarupong Ruengsuwan, undersecretary at the Ministry of Justice.

Mae Hong Son receives bicycles from lottery office

Khajohn Boonphat
The Government Lottery Office has given 549 bicycles to Education Area Region 1, for renting to students living in remote areas. The students will then be able to use the bikes to get to school.

Excited children crowd around the new bicycles.

The bikes, which are fitted with gears to make riding in mountainous areas easier, will be rented out to students for just 30 baht per year, despite concerns that this will not be sufficient to cover the bike maintenance.
Deputy Mae Hong Son’s governor, Sithichai Prasertsri, presided over a ceremony on August 23rd to present the bikes to children living in remote areas. 337 bikes will be given to children living in the muang district, 79 in Pai district and 133 in Khum Yuam district. When the children finish school they will return the bikes so that other children may use them.
Suraphong Suebfack, associate director of Education Area Region 1, said that he was pleased that the bikes had been donated. He said that in 2005 the area had received 1,054 bicycles, but these lacked gears, making it difficult for the children to ride them up the steep mountainous slopes.

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