Welcome to the summer 2011 project blog for one of the student teams from UNC-Chapel Hill’s chapter of Nourish International! We’ll be partnering with Pattanarak, a local organization that works with rural communities on Thailand’s borders. Pattanarak has a variety of programs run out of its field office in Sangkhlaburi on the border with Burma, where our project is located, which include health intervention projects, savings circles, and sustainable agriculture development.
During our time with Pattanarak, we will be assisting with the construction of backyard gardens for families in these communities in an effort to impact the root causes of poor nutrition, as well as building a feed co-op that the community wants for supporting livestock and agricultural initiatives. Throughout our stay we will also be absorbing as much as we can about Pattanarak’s efforts in community engagement; and learning about the local political, cultural, and social dynamics in the region.
The students in our team of eight have started getting to know each other over the course of this past semester, and we’re looking forward to reconvening in Bangkok on 19th June to start our six-week project! Feel free to follow this blog, which will serve as a chronicle of our experiences and impressions for the duration of the project.
Thanks for reading!