Village Research in Nong Waeng Yao, Thailand
Section 6 - Action
The villagers' research prompted people to:
The community members, both the researchers and those interviewed, were anxious to apply the research findings to the development of their community. Villagers organized a "Reforestation Day", with participation from children and adults from the community. The Forestry Department supported the activity by providing lunch for the participants and the village headman provided tractors to prepare the land for re-planting.
In a separate endeavor, a local micro-credit group for women used the research to request additional funding from the Subdistrict Government development bureau. Several development agencies responded to the community research by providing opportunities for skills development. These agencies responded favorably due to unique nature of the request for assistance.
It is, of course, common for poor villages to make requests to development agencies. But this time was different. This community presented their requests as part of a thorough inventory of existing knowledge and human resources. To the outside agencies, they presented not only their problems, but also the locally available resources that can be drawn upon in order to address those problems.
Expanding the Community Learning
Given the success of the Community Learning exercise in the village of Nong Waeng Yao, it was decided that more villages in Thailand should begin similar Community Learning initiatives. The village researchers from the original community have been instrumental in introducing the concept of Community Learning to community members in other villages in Thailand.
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