The popularity in Thai herbs has increased. The National Master Plan on Thai Herbs Development, 2017- 2021 aims that Thailand becomes the ASEAN’s exporter of quality herbal raw materials and leading herbal products. To raise awareness among children to develop wisdom based on Sufficiency Economy and to cultivate a sense of pride in Thai culture and values, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has supported herb processing, which will establish health security and self-sustenance in Thailand 4.0 era.
Su, or Suthinan, 11, a sponsored child of WVFT’s Bo Kluea Area Development Programme in Nan province brought her home-grown herbs, including plai and turmeric, to Ms Samniang, her teacher at school (Than Phuying Sa-Nga Ing Khulanon School) to make plai balm in the extra-curricular activity. Last academic year, a group of five, including Su and her peers in grade 5-6, spent some time during and after school on weekdays to make plai balm; the product has become the school’s pride, which was brought back home to be used within family and supplied the orders placed via the school cooperative. By year end, the children got dividends from the activity. Su and her friends earned pocket money and extra savings at school, as well as happy smiles from offering good health to all.
WVFT has supported the school’s herb processing to make herbal palm product and encouraged the students to apply their knowledge in herbs further at home and in community to build health security and partly reduce health expense burden.
“I wish children realise the values of herbs and self-reliance and learn skills to apply in daily life and adapt them as their future occupation. Thanks to sponsors of this programme to support the children to gain the new skill,” said Ms Samniang while smiling happily.
“I love doing it. It’s fun. I’ve also gained experience,” said the little chatterbox. Sawaeng, Su’s father, added “Now our family has extra income from the support of local-breed chicken raising, plus upland rice seeds. Thank you sponsors so much.”