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Nakornpayap’s charity ‘3rd World Dinner’ mimics a sad reality

New McCormick Hospital Director appointed

Local authorities warn about building Preah Vihear replica

Nakornpayap’s charity ‘3rd World Dinner’ mimics a sad reality

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The headline could not have stricken you more. “1% of the world’s population controls 40% of the world’s wealth. 21% of the world’s population controls 51% of the world’s wealth. 78% of the world’s population controls 9% of the world’s wealth.” The numbers were mind-boggling… They inspired Elyssa Francemone and her students to launch a Third World Dinner Party at Nakornpayap International School.
Elyssa had been teaching World Culture to 10th grade students by showing movies and by teaching her students about poverty and world issues. In their turn, the sixteen 15 year old teenagers decided to increase awareness of global hunger and poverty, as well as raising funds for a famous foundation, Heifer.

The Nakornpayap International School’s ‘Third World Dinner’—a great idea and an amazing success, with all 200 tickets sold out well in advance.

The Dinner was planned to reflect the global distribution of population and wealth, in order to highlight the disparities. 150 tickets were sold at 200 baht each. Out of these 150 tickets, 2 lucky ones would indulge in a first-class dinner prepared by the international gourmet chef Dominick Williams and would be attended to by two students dressed as waiters. 28 people would enjoy a “middle class” dinner offered by the UN Irish Pub, while the vast majority of the guests – 120 people – would eat a traditional khao man gai. You just needed to look at the dining hall to realize how many people were among the “unlucky” ones. But this night, you did not come to enjoy the food—you came to enjoy the experience.
And the experience was indeed interesting. Some ‘middle class’ people sneaked into the ‘third class’ area and gave a cake here, a special dish there, to “share with the poor”. The ‘middle class’ buffet was indeed huge and, as in real life, the ‘middle class’ people left half the food uneaten. At the end of the meal, some ‘third world’ people walked discreetly over to their table and pocketed a piece of bread or cake. All the while, Gary Paolini and Aj. Boonlom Cheva-Isarakul were enjoying their first class meal, drinking expensive wine and talking quietly in their part of the world. A very ‘life-like’ experience…
But what was even more interesting was the behaviour of the students. Responsible and independent, they were totally self-reliant and managed the dinner from A to Z. It took them about 2 months to organize the evening, first raising 11,000 baht to finance the food and then finding prizes to launch a raffle. They set the dining room, put on aprons to be waiters during the meal and cleared the hall at the end of the evening… Their efforts were not in vain, as they managed to raise and amazing 47,000 baht for the Heifer foundation.
The Heifer Foundation is an international organization that aims at ending world hunger and at saving the environment, by giving resources such as livestock, grains, and trees as well as training to families in need in order to help them become self-reliant. They encourage these families to “pass on the gift” to another poor family afterwards, thus creating a chain of solidarity that can touch thousands of people. For more information about Heifer in Thailand, feel free to visit their website: www.heiferthailand.org.

 

New McCormick Hospital Director appointed

McCormick Hospital, established in northern Thailand in 1888, has appointed a new Interim Medical Director, Adul Warin, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.I.C.S. It has also received full ISO certification for its laboratory services department.


Local authorities warn about building Preah Vihear replica

Provincial authorities have warned the private sector to conduct a thorough study, including an impact assessment on the issue of Thai-Cambodian relations, before deciding to build a replica of the Preah Vihear temple in the northeastern Thai border province.

Si Sa Ket governor Rapi Pongbuphakit said he supported any constructive idea to develop the area but the idea to build the replica of the Preah Vihear temple at Pha Mor E-daeng, an area close to the stairway leading to Preah Vihear temple, needed a special and thorough study.
The issue was very important, especially in the aspect of environmental concerns and border security, he said. He added he couldn’t tell if he agreed with the idea or not at the moment.
Although the planned construction site is in Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district, it is not far from the Preah Vihear temple.
An international court awarded Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia in 1962, but a 4.6-square km (1.9-square mile) parcel of land surrounding it remains the subject of territorial claims by the two countries.
The disputed area, adjacent to the ancient temple, has long been a source of tension between Thailand and Cambodia.
Meanwhile, Vichit Trisaranakul, chairman of the provincial administrative organisation said detailed feasibility studies were needed. The real Preah Vihear and its history attracted tourists. He suggested beautifying the surrounding location was better than building the temple replica, close to the real temple. (TNA)