CMU, local government and Care for Dogs work to cope with stray dog population
Local government officials, CMU
administrators and Care for Dogs staff met at CMU to tackle the growing
stray dog population on campus.
By Monica Stewart, Care for Dogs Coordinator
On 29 May, 2013, Care for Dogs (CfD) staff members Antima
Khuttiwung and Monica Stewart attended a meeting at Chiang Mai
University (CMU). The purpose of the meeting was to address the best way
to help the many homeless dogs living on the CMU campus. The approximate
40 attendees at the meeting were comprised of various CMU department
heads, the President of the CMU student council, representatives from
the Department of Livestock and the Chiang Mai local government.
During the course of the 2 ½ hour meeting, there was a great deal of
discussion concerning the best way to handle the homeless dog situation
on campus. It was evident that everyone wanted to work together for the
best possible solution. Based on the outcome of the meeting a
significant plan of action was agreed upon that will contribute towards
a positive solution.
The details of the plan are as follows:
Dr. Boy, a veterinarian with the Chiang Mai local government, and staff
from the Department of Livestock, will immediately commence with rabies
injections for all dogs.
Each department head will complete a survey indicating how many homeless
dogs are living in or near their department area.
Following that, Dr. Boy and his staff, with assistance from the
Department of Livestock, will begin a sterilization project for all dogs
at CMU. For tracking purposes, the dogs will be tattooed.
Immediately after sterilization, CfD will take over with post op wound
care and medication. In addition, combined vaccinations (e.g. against
distemper and parvovirus), heartworm prevention and deworming meds will
be provided free of charge. CfD will keep post op dogs at the shelter
for seven days after which time they will be returned to CMU.
We are very pleased with this course of action and are honored to be a
part of this joint venture with CMU, the Department of Livestock, and
the Chiang Mai local government.
Wai Kru Day at Panyaden School
Students present flowers to teachers and
directors at Wai Kru Day. (Photo by Ally Taylor)
Every year at the beginning of the school term, Panyaden School joins
students all over Thailand to formally express their appreciation to
their teachers on Wai Kru Day. Student MCs began the ceremony on June 6,
2013 by inviting all teachers to the stage, after which student
representatives gave a bilingual talk about the meaning of Wai Kru and
led the group in the Pa Je Ra song of respect for all the guides and
teachers in their lives.
Beautiful flowers (each with a special meaning) lovingly arranged by the
students were then presented to each teacher, Head Teachers and
Director. Back in their classrooms, the little ones in Nursery and
Kindergarten 1 also gave flowers to their homeroom teachers. Student
representatives also read their essays entitled “My Teacher” to express
their gratitude with promises to continue to try their best at school.
Students make Wai Paan for presentation on
Wai Kru Day at Panyaden School.
101 students from Nursery to P6 and 32 teachers took part in the day.
Panyaden is a private bilingual primary school in Hang Dong, Chiang Mai.
It aims to deliver a holistic education that integrates Buddhist
principles with green awareness and a hybrid curriculum that combines
the best of the Thai curriculum and the highly regarded International
Primary Curriculum. Our curriculum is taught in both Thai (50%) and
English (50%) from Nursery right through to Prathom 6. Each class has a
Thai teacher and native-English speaking teacher. The school was
established in 2011..
Chiang Mai students won IEYI 2013
and Pannawit Samkeaw, represented both Chiang
Mai and Thailand at the IEYI 2013 in Kuala
Lumpur last month.
Two students from the Navamindarajudis
Payap Chiang Mai School took first place in the
9th International Exhibition for Young Inventors
2013 (IEYI 2013) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from
May 7-13, 2013. The two students, Porwares
Phrommala and Pannawit Samkeaw, represented both
Chiang Mai and Thailand at the event where they
competed against teams from 9 countries.
Thailand sent 6 teams and the local kids won
four awards in Safety and Help, the
International Exhibition for Young Inventors
2013 Best Invention Technology for special
needs, Certificate of Award the Gold Medal
International Exhibition for Young Inventors
2013 and theLeading Innovation Awards 2013 top
score in the International Intellectual Property
The students designed a “magic cane” for elderly
and the blind to help them reduce accidents, the
cane has a sensor that will set off bells and
lights as well as pliers, a flashlight and a
Cultivating green chemists with Earth Care
The Earth Care group
was created to inform students about the
potential influence they can have on improving
the environment not just at Prem, but on a
By Benjamin Wright (Prem, Grade 11)
Over the past few weeks Prem’s Exploria ‘Earth
Care’ group has been looking into sustainable
and renewable sources of energy, specifically
biodiesel. Biodiesel is a form of diesel fuel
manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats,
or recycled restaurant grease. It is safe,
biodegradable, and produces fewer air pollutants
than petroleum-based diesel. The best part of it
is that it can also be used in diesel engines -
powering vehicles and creating much lower
emissions, helping to preserve the environment.
Biodiesel is also much safer than petroleum and
other fuels as it is non-toxic and biodegrades
Over a two-week period, Earth Care students
under the guidance of Khun Te from VSP, have
been learning how to make their own biodiesel
from the same oil that was used to cook their
lunches! Diesel fuel costs are skyrocketing in
Thailand at upwards of 40 baht a litre; this
low-cost alternative can take 20 litres of
‘free’ used-cooking grease and produce roughly
15 litres of cost-saving bio-diesel.
Using the cooking school as their laboratory,
students created usable biodiesel and put it to
the test – would it really work? Together they
carried a water bottle filled with the
translucent liquid over to the adjoining farm
field. It was carefully poured into one of the
Prem Farm tractors that had been converted to
work on their homemade fuel. The moment of truth
– the engine started, much to everyone’s
delight! The group was given a short ride on the
tractor they had helped power as a reward for
their hard work before it had to leave to
continue its work. There are hopes that the
biofuel produced by the farm can power all the
machines that cultivate it, making it carbon
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