“Going home” to respect my life’s root –says Theerada Namhai, Farmer Community School, Thailand

padi field in the village of  Nongsang Tambon,Wapeepathum District,Maha Sarakham Province,Thailand

padi field in the village of Nongsang Tambon,Wapeepathum District,Maha Sarakham Province,Thailand

The view of the local community and home

The view of the local community and home

In the last December 2009, I was so fortunate to be able traveling to various part of Thailand.

One of the area that I had visited was Nongsang Tambon,Wapeepathum District ,Maha Sarakham Province. This is the poorest province in northeastern region of the Thailand where has no school and water supply.

I and my Thai friend had met with the local women group (housewives)- “Plaboo Mut Yom Group” who are making the traditional natural dye cotton apparel for preservation of their income generation, traditional wisdom and also environmental conservation.

They use the most traditional way of hand make method, labour intensive and natural dye method in making their own cotton apparel and cloths/begs. This natural cotton products has become their important path to revive and sustain their local wisdom to the next generation. They use the extract of the plants and fruits (mangoes teen, turmeric etc) that are available in the community as the color base of the cotton apparel. Therefore, the women in the poor village are able to have income and also helps in preservation of the old tradition wisdom and environmental.

The key organizer of this group : Farmer Community School, Ms Theerada Namhai who has brought this wonderful dream of setting up the vision of supporting the poor community to be self empowering their life and community.
She call her self “ Going Home” – Bringing changes and hope of life . She was born and grow up in this village, but later she was able to study her master degree abroad and also involved in NGO work. But eventually, her final choice /destiny is “Going Home”,
Going Back to her root – to helps in bringing life , hope and changes of this poor village.

I felt very touch indeed to again meeting someone whose heart is filled with sincerity , loving kindness and selflessness in their dream. She chose to “back home’ to the most remote and poorest area to work with the poor. Instead of to be the NGO “professional” worker who are working in the air conditioned room and busy in typing the thick report for conference and funders. Here, we can see how a choice can be make, the different one, if we want to and has the determination.

I feel so much alive again when i were with them. Because i am meeting another wonderful soul 🙂

You may read about her vision and about the Farmer Community School in this web link: Volunteers are always welcome to join them!

Farmer Community School

Community hall that is used  for education and making natual dye cotton apparel products

Community hall that is used for education and making natual dye cotton apparel products

local wisdom of making cotton apparel

local wisdom of making cotton apparel

the use of natural color from mangosteen to dye the threads

the use of natural color from mangosteen to dye the threads

making complete natural dye cotton apparel

making complete natural dye cotton apparel

The collective  labour of love by the local women group -making the natural dye organic cotton apparel

The collective labour of love by the local women group -making the natural dye organic cotton apparel

women group gather in the community hall to sew and pack their labour of love

women group gather in the community hall to sew and pack their labour of love

Using simple sewing tool  plus the soft and gentle fingers of local women:: contribute to the  making of the  natural dye apparel/cloth products for the safe use and environmental friendly for the consumers

Using simple sewing tool plus the soft and gentle fingers of local women:: contribute to the making of the natural dye apparel/cloth products for the safe use and environmental friendly for the consumers

The beautiful natural cotton  cloths for lady wear

The beautiful natural cotton cloths for lady wear

Other beautiful natural cotton  items: pencils casing, and begs etc

Other beautiful natural cotton items: pencils casing, and begs etc

The great happiness of presenting their labor of love to the consumer in the market

The great happiness of presenting their labor of love to the consumer in the market

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2 Responses to ““Going home” to respect my life’s root –says Theerada Namhai, Farmer Community School, Thailand”

  1. sloone Says:

    Ypu wrote:
    “Instead of to be the NGO “professional” worker who are working in the air conditioned room and busy in typing the thick report for conference and funders. Here, we can see how a choice can be make, the different one, if we want to and has the determination.”

    I agree with you! How refreshing to see this alternative view.

  2. trinleychodron Says:

    Nice to know how you feel.. i deeply understand :))))

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