World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) is part of World Vision International, which works in partnerships across nearly one hundred countries worldwide. The affiliated bodies in all countries share one common ministry in bringing the well-being to children, families, and communities. Our work is built upon a knowledge pool filled with a range of experiences learnt across different areas. The knowledge is consolidated and passed on to World Vision Partnership to enhance the learning and bring a brighter future to the most vulnerable children. World Vision Foundation of Thailand has reached the 45th anniversary of its joint effort to bring child well-being.
Recently, World Vision Foundation of Thailand has had an opportunity to welcome the Senior Directors of Operations from World Vision Asia Pacific. All 5 members in the visitor team are experts in their professional fields, including sustainable transformation development, international fundraising and finance, advocacy, spiritual nurture and collaboration with other faiths, and child sponsorship management. The high-level management team has visited Thailand to share their work experience and complement WVFT’s local child well-being development work.
Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, WVFT National Director, along with his Senior Leadership Team, has led all of the 5 senior leaders from World Vision Asia Pacific to visit WVFT’s fieldwork in Chiang Rai and Surin.
In Chiang Rai province, the WVFT’s Senior Leadership Team and the visitors from World Vision Asia Pacific have visited the child well-being development project in Mae Suai district and viewed an exhibition on the instructional management at Ban Huai Khrai School. They have also seen how a range of vocational skills development activities is organised for pupils, for instance, the ‘chicken coop university’, barbershop, Thep Pradit Cooperative Shop, and ethnic-pattern embroidery workshop. The visitors have also tasted freshly brewed coffee made by secondary-school baristas of the ‘Quality Coffee Shop’. Then, they have moved on to Ban Huai Nam Yen School to listen to the school’s presentation of its academic achievements, see pupils’ project exhibition and demonstration of the ‘Robot Horse Relay’, which won the first prize in the ‘International Robotics Olympiad 2019 Bangkok Thailand’, held on 20-21 July 2019. The visitor team has also visited Niphon, a sponsored child, and his family, who have been supported to grow Assam tea as an income-supplement occupation. They have also visited the Assam tea processing group run by families of sponsored children. The activity has built upon the knowledge provided by WVFT many years ago.
They have taken this opportunity to learn about other projects run by WVFT in Chiang Rai province, such as the Stop TB and AIDS through RRTTR (STAR2) and End of Trafficking in Persons, through a knowledge sharing session with other partner NGOs that join hands with WVFT to drive anti-human trafficking efforts, eg Foundation of Child Understanding (FOCUS), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Thailand, and etc. Offices under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and Chiang Rai Shelter for Children and Families have also joined the event and contributed their lessons learnt.
In Surin province, the field visit to the child well-being development project in Sangkha district aimed at learning about the promotion of early childhood health and nutrition through the Breakfast for Kids Project and literacy preparedness for young children in Ban Khanat Mon Childcare Centre through the Rapid Literacy Project. In addition, the World Vision Asia Pacific visitors have also observed activities of the Child Drowning Prevention Project at Ban Chan Childcare Centre. The project is part of WVFT’s child protection work that is carried out in partnership with local administrative organisations and civil society. The joint effort has been awarded the Gold Plaque of ‘Merit Maker Team’, national-level recognition for the work that promotes child-drowning prevention.
Asides from exploring all of the achievements, the senior leadership team from World Vision Asia Pacific has exchanges ideas with WVFT’s partners in Sangkha Project, ie Sangkha District Chief, Chief Executives of the Ban Chan and Ban Mon Sub-district Administrative Organisations, Director of Surin Primary Educational Service Area Office 3, teachers, and civil society network. Individual perspectives and roles in the joint implementation have been reflected for the common goal to achieve child well-being.
Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, WVFT National Director, revealed his feeling about his opportunity to welcome the World Vision Asia Pacific visitors: ‘Although Thailand and WVFT’s community development and management are considered constantly improving by the international counterparts, we still have a number of difficulties to help people in many contexts, especially those who live along Thailand’s borders. We are still in dire need of collaborative efforts and resources’.
After the field visit, the Senior Directors of Operations and the Senior Leadership Team of World Vision Foundation of Thailand have attended a debriefing session to reflect on their findings and exchange their views. Lessons learnt would be extracted for the improvement of WVFT’s implementation based on the World Vision International’s strategic plan and the organisation’s increased effectiveness to better bring well-being to the most vulnerable children.