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XII No.4 - Sunday february 24 - Saturday March 9, 2013


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SCG Foundation held “Tales Festival” in the park

Children and parents take part in the Tales in the Park Festival, every Saturday through March 9 at the Arts and Culture Center on Canal Road.

By Nopniwat Krailerg
In a bid to promote reading among children, the SCG Foundation held the 4th annual “Tales in the Park Festival” at the Arts and Culture Center at Chiang Mai University encouraging parents to bring their children to the park, read stories together and have fun that develops the entire family and children together.
“Just 10 - 15 minutes per day of reading and you will find that your children have fantastic improvement. They will develop a creative imagination and concentration to absorb. Children have good taste in art through texture and color of the image quality. They can learn useful expressions that will help strengthen the bond of love and family warmth. We encourage parents to cultivate a habit of reading, “said Suranuch Thongsila SCG Foundation Manager.
The event saw face painting, balloon animals and storytelling with each activity. The library contains books which have been carefully selected and appropriate to each child’s age. The Foundation encourages children and parents to be familiar with and encourage independent reading. The Festival and Library is on the Saturday evening at 4 pm to 5.30 pm on February 9, 16 and March 2 ,9 (except Saturday February 23) at the Arts and Culture Center Chiang Mai University on Canal Road just before the Suthep intersection.


Wat Pra That Doi Suthep Abbot given Doctor of Arts Degree

Chiang Mai University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree on Phra Thep Worasitthajan, the Abbot of Wat Pra That Doi Suthep on February 15, 2013, in a ceremony attended by Dr. Kasem Wattanchai Privy Councilor to HM the King and President of Chiang Mai University Dr. Niwes Nantachit along with other CMU lecturers and administrative officials.


Children get friendly space at Police station

The Royal Thai Police and the Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families have renovated the children’s interview room to make it more child-friendly and more comfortable for children being interviewed at the police station. (Photo courtesy of HUG Project)

The Royal Thai Police in Chiang Mai and the Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families have renovated the child interview room in order to provide a friendly space for children who are being interviewed by police and social workers when they are uncovered in child trafficking networks, sexual assault and other crimes against children. Child trafficking is still pervasive in Thailand, often times with hilltribe village children from far out in the country being exploited by adults. From flower sellers to sex trafficking to child labor, rural and urban poor children are at high risk. Several organizations are involved in aiding these children and include the Chiang Mai Anti-Human Trafficking group, a joint effort between government and non-government agencies who are working in combating human trafficking issues in Chiang Mai.
These organizations include Chiang Mai Office of Social Development and Human Security, Royal Thai Police Chiang mai, Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families, Department of Labor Protection and Welfare, Office of the Attorney General, FOCUS Foundation, Coordination Center in Protection of Women and Children’s rights and others. The joint effort was founded in 2012. A hotline was set up for callers to get in touch over pressing social issues; 1300.


Prem International School supports Chiang Mai’s youth athletics

By Joy Huss
Did you know that dragons, lions, eagles, tigers, piranhas, stallions, panthers and Spartans live among us here in Chiang Mai? No, they are not mythical beasts, wild animals or warriors from afar. They are our very own student athletes armed in school colours escorted by beloved mascots and chanting classmates and parents joining throughout the school year for a series of international school sporting tournaments.
The Chiang Mai Athletics Conference (CMAC) is made up of eight member schools in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The purpose of CMAC is to promote and coordinate citywide athletic tournaments and cultural festivals for international schools in the Chiang Mai area.
The mission of CMAC is to teach and instruct students in the rules, fundamentals and skills of various individual and team sports; to provide physical training and a physical outlet for adolescent energy; and to provide healthy competition and cooperation within and between schools, thus instilling in each student the best principles of good sportsmanship.
Many residents of Chiang Mai are unaware that the full range of sports available to their children whilst attending one of the local International schools. The wide range of sports and organised competitive events promoting school spirit and friendly rivalry include volleyball, badminton, swimming, football, cross country, tennis, track and field, basketball, futsal, table tennis and even the lesser known sports of Frisbee and chess!
CMAC has its own website (http://cmac-sports. wikispaces.com/home) as a resource for parents, athletes, coaches, athletic directors and others needing information about future games, results, rules and member schools.
Prem Tinsulanonda International School or Prem (http://ptis.threegeneration .org) is home of the Prem Panthers and is a full CMAC member. There are professional training grounds on the school campus where many of the athletic events are held. An Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, two football fields, running track, badminton, cricket pitch and indoor and outdoor basketball/volleyball courts provide well-rounded sports arenas for young athletes, visiting teams and players to train and compete.


Please help save the ARK Animal Rescue Sanctuary

Street dogs are a controversial subject here in Chiang Mai, particularly amongst farang residents. You either love them or hate them, but most agree they need a better life than is on offer. To many, it seems strange that, in a Buddhist country, abandoned dogs are allowed to roam the streets in hunger and sickness. Several well-known foundations in the city are doing their best to help, and a few lesser-known private dog shelters take care of many more that’ve fallen through the semi-official net.
One such lesser, private shelter is The Ark, founded some years ago by a kind-hearted American, Grant Waldman and his friend Khun Dip. The shelter holds around 120 street dogs roaming free on several rai of rented rural land in San Sai. The Ark is faced with imminent closure as Grant is now in a nursing home in America having been diagnosed with final stage lung and brain cancer.
The Ark was financed by revenue from Grant’s share in a US restaurant and his rented US home, but funds have now dried up and are extremely unlikely to resume. In addition, although the landowner is allowing Khun Dip, his four helpers and the dogs to stay for now, the land itself is up for sale. Khun Dip is desperately searching for another land rental on which he can establish a new shelter, but the immediate need is for funds to support and feed the dogs until a permanent solution is found.
The fate of the 120 dogs now depends on the generosity of the community, with monthly food costs running at 20,000 baht, wages for Khun Dip and his four helpers at 40,000, rent at 20,000 and veterinary costs at an average of 5,000 per month. Khun Dip gives expert medical services at an everyday level, and one of Chiang Mai’s best-known veterinarians gives advanced care at a generous discount.Should help not arrive, the worst scenario is that the dogs are unable to be taken by Chiang Mai’s already crowded dog rescue foundations and are released onto the streets or into nearby temples. The spectre of the dog meat trucks is a nightmare for those helping at present. Donations, however small, are desperately needed as funds are due to run out by the end of March. Please consider helping by donating via:- Kasikorn Bank a/c no:- 415-2-27328-8 /SWIFT CODE KASITHBK.For updates or more info, please contact Maureen O’Brien by email at [email protected]


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

SCG Foundation held “Tales Festival” in the park

Wat Pra That Doi Suthep Abbot given Doctor of Arts Degree

Children get friendly space at Police station

Prem International School supports Chiang Mai’s youth athletics

Please help save the ARK Animal Rescue Sanctuary

 


 



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