A Year of Impact: Thailand
Written by Plant With Purpose on August 11, 2015 in Annual Report
Have you seen Plant With Purpose’s latest Annual Report? Filled with stories of impact, updates on program growth, and in-country accomplishments, the report shares highlights from fiscal year 2014. We will be sharing country achievements over the next couple of weeks continuing today with Thailand!
LED BY BUNSAK THONGOI
Director, Upland Holistic Development Project
In a country where less than one percent of the population is Christian, Plant With Purpose is building local church capacity to engage with their communities. In 2014, Plant With Purpose trained more than 130 pastors and church leaders on the Biblical call to care for the environment. A network of 97 churches is committed to creation care and engaging their youth in environmental activities. The Green Church Project—a collaboration with Compassion and Operation Blessing Foundation—was developed to promote sustainable and organic farming practices. Country Director Bunsak Thongoi published a handbook on agroforestry that focuses on a Christian approach to creation care.
Partnering families are twice as likely to recognize their church’s involvement in creation care projects. Mr. JaMaw JaNu shares, “I have seen that people in my community have realized that they must protect their environment for themselves and for their children. … People in my community come and work together more to protect their resources and the environment that is part of God’s creation.”
Participating households are protecting significantly more land than nonparticipating households (2.13 acres versus 0.71 acres). This means that the 1,731 partnering farmers are protecting over 2,000 acres of land by planting trees, composting, and constructing soil conservation barriers. Farmers like Mr. Promma JongKham realize the significance of taking care of their farms: “I think if more people do as we have been taught, not to burn the fields but use soil conservation, it will help our village and the environment.”
The complete 2014 Annual Report is available online.