Boeing Singapore Pte Ltd, which has supported World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) for the 2nd year, has taken the opportunity in which the company staff have convened in Krabi province to visit Aow Luek Area Development Programme (Aow Luek ADP) on the 4th of December 2018.
“There’re 11 of us and in our group we have people with different nationalities. There’re people from the US, the UK, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. We’re responsible for the manufacture of air plane parts with the production based in Southeast Asia. It’s about production control and quality assurance. In this conference, besides the business talk, we’ve thought we should do something useful. So, we’ve contacted World Vision Foundation of Thailand,” Mr Eric Meyer, Supplier Quality, Southeast Asia Regional Manager, introduced the group.
The Boeing staff have visited the tie-dye group, most of which members are parents of children in the Child Sponsorship Programme. They don’t have steady income from their primary occupations as coastal fishermen and hired hands and are also in debt. As such, Aow Luek ADP has supported the establishment of the group to provide a channel to generate supplementary income. Today the group can produce quality tie-dye cloth, which has been registered as the product of the sub-district under One Tambon One Product (OTOP) programme, turning the supplementary earnings to the primary livelihood.
At the tie-dye group, the members have demonstrated how to tie-dye cloth and had the Boeing staff try doing it themselves. As it was their first time, everyone got so excited, from twisting to dyeing processes. The most fascinating part for them, in which “wow” was constantly uttered, was when the tying equipment was removed and the cloth was spread out for them to see their own work of art.
The Boeing staff has also taken this occasion to visit Wat Sathit Photharam School to observe laying chicken raising, catfish raising and vegetable growing, which have been supported by Aow Luek ADP as part of the school lunch project. They’ve shared a hands-on experience with the students in transplanting Chinese kale and Bok Choy seedlings from the planting plot to the vegetable growing area.
Mr Jon Lilja, Supply Chain Field Operation, Southeast Asia Regional Manager, revealed his feeling towards this visit: “It’s our first time doing activities like these. We feel so good and so impressed. Thank you so much.”