Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, National Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand, Mrs Jongkolnee Wittayarungruangsri, Director of Food Safety and Nutrition for Health Promotion Institution, and Mr Wiroj Luealai, Director of Ban Pa Mai Sahakon School, along with the executives of 14 schools and 11 childcare centres in the network, representatives from local administrative organisations, and leaders from 4 communities in Non Din Daeng and La Han Sai districts, Buri Ram Province, have co-signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen the Healthy Food Healthy Kids network, ‘Let’s Fight’ model, under the ‘Comprehensive School and Community Healthy Food and Healthy Kids Learning Sources’ project, at the auditorium of Ban Pa Mai Sahakon School, Non Din Daeng District, Buri Ram Province.
This MOU signing is held by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), and Ban Pa Mai Sahakon School, with an objective to promote the holistic school-age healthcare so that pupils have good health and age-appropriate development and growth. The collaborative efforts will be driven by the school, home, and community, under the concept of the Healthy Food Healthy Kids network, ‘Let’s Fight’ model, which propels comprehensive child health development through the integration of all sectors across the network, to promote 1) sustainable farming at school and in community that supplies schools with raw materials, 2) literacy among all children, 3) good health among all children, and 4) quality lunch project management.
Dr Sarawut Rachasrimuang, National Director of World Vision Foundation of Thailand, revealed that WVFT had earlier joined hands with KFC, YUM Restaurants International (Thailand) Co, Ltd, to carry out the Safe Kitchen and Sustainable Lunch Programme, which supported kitchen construction and improvement for schools located in impoverished and remote areas in the northern and northeastern regions to ensure that their school kitchens meet hygienic standard. The project has also provided the community with knowledge about nutrition and agriculture for lunch and enhanced their skills and experiences in farming based on the King Rama IX’s royal initiative, as well as reduced the school’s lunch cost. As a result, children have safe food to eat while the community can supply quality food resources. Ban Pa Mai Sahakon School was one of the schools supported by this project that can build upon the activities and establish agricultural learning sources and standardised kitchens that provide children with clean and safe food to eat.
On this occasion, Dr Sarawut represented sponsors and donors to hand over financial support to 13 network schools in WVFT’s Non Din Daeng Project. The support will be used to implement a total 19 projects that promptly respond to the pressing problems impacting children, families, and communities, including the Breakfast for Kids, Agriculture for Lunch, provision of laying chickens and chicken feed, Clean Drinking Water for Kids, oyster mushroom culture, canteen improvement, etc.