No one knows about the family matters as much as their members, in the same way no one knows about the community as well as their villagers. World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), therefore, has organized the “WVFT Youth Leadership Camp and the Recruitment for the Committee of WVFT Youth Council in Southern Thailand” in August 4-5, 2018 to promote the youth leaders of WVFT in the south to receive the Leadership Skill Development along with the recruitment for the committee of WVFT Youth Council in Southern Thailand to be a mechanism to drive the change for well-being of children and communities at Chonnapha Resort, Khanom district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, by having Manchuda Muangkitti (Farng),a former sponsored child in the “Child Sponsorship Programme”, Huay Kwang Area Development Programme, Bangkok, together with Techit Chanaboon (Golf), the advisor of WVFT Youths (Bangkok), and Pongpol Wasu (On), the chief of WVFT Youths (Central Region), to pass on their experiences.
This is the first time that the youth leaders, of WVFT Area Development Programme in Southern Thailand in the amount of 25 persons from 12 project areas, have met each other. For this reason, this camp started with Ice Breaker Activities to help the young leaders become more acquainted with each other before learning to work together.
“You need to have brainstorming, planning and teamwork. If you are self-centered in working, it will be unsuccessful. After a few moments, we did not finish the job because you all tried to speak but didn’t listen to each other,” Farng advised the youth leaders during processing activities.
Once the youth leaders had adjusted themselves as the recommendation, in a short time, the goal of activity was achieved. Kalyarat (Oh), a youth leader who is sponsored by the “Child Sponsorship Programme” from Lam Liang Area Development Programme, reflected what she has received, “I'm glad to attend this camp. I will bring the knowledge to develop the leaders in my community, especially the harmony in working.”
Then there was the After Action Review to share their knowledge and opinion. The youth groups from each area described their working process and problem solution, meanwhile, the WVFT staffs also gave the working guidance to those young generation.
At the end of the camp was the establishment of “WVFT Youth Council in Southern Thailand”, and the recruitment of management committee for 9 positions to set up the goal for implementation plans and framing budgets in the provincial areas.
Nattapol Poomdam, chief of the youths in Chian Yai Area Development Programme, is also under the “Child Sponsorship Programme” and was selected in this camping to be the chief of WVFT Youth Council in Southern Thailand said, “Just only me cannot work, we have to work together. I believe that children like us will be good adults in the days ahead and we have to be the good role model.”
Chakrapong Chaithi, WVFT staffs for Youth Leadership Skill Development said, “We dream that our children in WVFT Youth Council will be able to scrutinize the problems in their communities and their opinions will be listened by adults. The children will represent the organization to reflect the voices of youth in various stages.”