“World Vision has bridged the gap to make our life better. Within our network we all agree that, through this effort, we’ll join hands to move forward to strengthen community and sustainable development,” Mr Thiang Pandi, Hua Mueang Sub-district Headman and the chair of a network to drive development work for child well-being in Child Sponsorship Project in Mueang Pan Area Development Programme (ADP), Lampang province reflected on what has happened to the community. He continued: “We greatly thank World Vision for seeing the importance of child development and supporting child nutrition, early childhood learning and development, literacy promotion among vulnerable children, and child protection by providing children and youth at school knowledge about how to safeguard children from child abuse. The family has also received training to promote good mental health to prevent fights within family. World Vision has helped solve problems and improved people’s quality of life.”
Mueang Pan ADP, Lampang province started the development work for child well-being in 2015. In the beginning, many local children were found with underweight and inappropriate development to age. As such, a variety of child quality of life development interventions have been implemented here, including Child Sponsorship Programme, Child Malnutrition Management Project, and Learning Roots Plus. These interventions focus on ensuring that young children are fed with nutritious food and gain age-appropriate development, preschoolers have readiness to enter formal education, and children of all ages are cared for in a loving, safe, family and community environment.
Mr Mongkhon Prakopkan, Director of Division of Education, Hua Mueang Sub-district Administrative Organisation (SAO) revealed that there were total 81 children from 2-4 years attending Hua Mueang SAO Child Care Centre. This child development facility gives hill tribal children an opportunity to develop early childhood preparedness. There are 3 rooms. In the 2-year-old-child room, children are fed with nutritious food to eat to ensure complete child nutrition. In the 3-year-old-child room, children are introduced to activities which develop their fine and gross motor. The 4-year-old-child room provides different weekly experiences and fine and gross motor enhancement to get children ready for primary school.
“We’ve been financially supported by World Vision in many areas, namely, clean drinking water, hand washing and tooth brushing facility with dental care kits, student canteen, and caregiver training on how to make learning materials to enhance child development. Thank you.”
It has been 4 years since then. Worawittaya Manmaen, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT)’s staff member, has informed that the child well-being development work has been somewhat achieved. While many projects have made some progress, the committee is keeping their commitment to making the success happen. “Our work has been driven for four years so far. Now we have established a maternal and child health
volunteer network which monitors and educates pregnant women and community child caregivers. Children from 0-5 years have improved malnutrition status and age-appropriate development. Children from 7-12 years have gained better reading and writing skills. There is also a child care committee network in place in the community.”