Posts Tagged ‘Community’

AAN Allies: Update from the Dominican Republic

In In Solidarity on 24/03/2011 at 7:43 am

Here’s a recent newsletter segment from the CIEE Service-Learning Program in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  Our fellow Thai farmer, Mike Aguilar, is facilitating and organizing with study abroad students and farmers in the Dominican Republic.  Mike worked together with the AAN to promote fair trade rice, organic agriculture, student activism and solidarity with peoples’ movements in northeast Thailand. Thanks to the CIEE students for their contribution.  Farmers and eaters from diverse parts of the world can only gain from exchanging information and experiences.

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AAN Learning Process

In Network Events, Our Network on 16/01/2011 at 2:47 am

This is a recent photo update from our friend Pitchtanika Sanviset in Mukdahan province, which neighbors Yasothon province to the north and is across the Mekong River from Savannakhet, Laos.  Pitchtanika, or P’ Ouang, has been studying with the “local wisemen” in Kudchum district, Yasothon, since the winter of 2010.  A well-educated mother of two with a Journalism background in Bangkok, P’ Ouang has been hard at work turning her family’s land into a diverse, productive organic farm.  Her commitment to her home community and work to promote organic farming with her neighbors and extended family is a model of how AAN famers make positive change from the ground up.  Read the rest of this entry »

AAN Yasothon Profile: Suwit Thankakoon

In Our Network on 28/12/2010 at 10:01 pm

Here is a new AAN Member Profile from Madeleine Dick-Godfrey, a student in the Fall 2010 CIEE Khon Kaen program:

Leaders Building Community

Madeleine Dick-Godfrey

You are in the middle of baking a cake. You realize you are missing a key ingredient, sugar. Do you: a.) Borrow sugar from your neighbors? Or b.) Drive all the way to the supermarket just to pick some up? Read the rest of this entry »

Farmers Lay Out Action Plan

In Farmers Groups, Meetings on 13/06/2010 at 8:09 pm

Dear readers – here is our summer intern’s first post!  Abe Levine, a student from the CIEE Khon Kaen study abroad program and Macaelester College, will be supporting the AAN’s Yasothon Green Market and website for the next few months.  Abe is fresh off a semester of learning and living with villagers and has spent the past weeks working in the fields and getting to know our network’s farmers better.

O June 6th, farmers from 15 villagers gathered to create an action plan directed towards promoting sustainable organic agriculture. Farmers sat in a circle, classroom style, at the learning center in Kudchum province, Yasothon, prepared to share their stories and offer each other feedback. Paw Lan (Dow Ruung Peht Pon) began the meeting by asking three questions:

1.) What problems are we experiencing?

2.) What can we do about them?

3.) What outputs can we expect from these solutions?

A number of farmers expressed that their neighboring villagers who do chemical farming embrace the mentality that organic farming requires too much physical labor, that there are too many steps involved. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Stories

In Our Network on 23/03/2010 at 4:16 pm

Here are some stories from CIEE students who learned with AAN-Esan in February – to see more about their experiences, please visit their blog

The Illusion of Choices

In American society, we value a multitude of choices because choices mean freedom. When we’re faced with two choices, any normal Joe would choose the one that makes them happier. Yes, there is a certain anxiety we feel when we’re presented with too many decisions like where to eat, what career to take, what song to listen to and all the other choices we make on a daily basis. But choices are often indicators of development. For example, if you have more choices to a career, your economy is healthy. If you can choose to buy a tropical fruit in the still of Vermont’s winter, trade is active and the power of your dollar goes far. Being able to choose between 40 varieties of cereals gives us the power to design our diets. However, in a capitalist society, have we come to appreciate the quantity of choices more than the quality? I especially want to explore this question in terms of our everyday consumer related decisions.

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Preserving Local Food Culture

In Network Events, Youth Activities on 09/03/2010 at 11:31 am

On the first Saturday in February, AAN Yasothon helped host Ban Non Yang’s 3rd Month Merit-Making Festival.  The festival celebrates the start of a new season, a time when people will work through the hot weather to do maintenance on their homes and other community development projects.  The celebration is also about community welfare, as villagers donate sacks of rice to a community stock, which families can access if they are in need of rice later on during the year.  Like last year, the AAN seized the opportunity to campaign about local foods and indigenous rice varieties.

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In Network Events on 07/01/2010 at 9:48 pm




๒๕ ๒๗  มกราคม  ๒๕๕๓

ณ. สวนดอกคูณ  บึงแก่นนคร   อำเภอเมือง   จังหวัดขอนแก่น


คำขวัญ : ตุ้มโฮมภูมิปัญญาท้องถิ่น เฮ็ดอยู่เฮ็ดกินให้ดู๋หมั่น


วันที่  ๒๕  มกราคม  ๒๕๕๓

.๐๐ ๑๕.๐๐ น. ตั้งขบวนเดินรณรงค์ในตัวเมืองขอนแก่น

๑๕.๐๐ ๑๕.๒๐ น. พิธีกล่าวต้อนรับผู้เข้าร่วมงาน

โดย นายกเทศมนตรีเทศบาลนครขอนแก่น

๑๕.๒๐ ๑๕. ๔๐น. ประธานจัดงานกล่าวรายงาน

โดย นายบุญส่ง  มาตขาว

๑๕. ๔๐ –  ๑๖.๐๐ น. พิธีเปิดงาน

โดย  ผู้ว่าราชการและผู้แทนพี่น้องภาคประชาชน

๑๖.๐๐  –   ๑๗.๐๐ น. ปาฐกถา การเคลื่อนไหวท้องถิ่น : ท่ามกลางภาวะวิกฤติโลก

โดย   อาจารย์ศรีศักร  วัลลิโภดม

๑๗.๐๐ -๑๘.๐๐ น. เสวนาประวัติศาสตร์ท้องถิ่นขอนแก่น


พ่อจอม ข้อยุ่น ชุมชนสาวะถี

คุณประมวล พิมเสน ประธานสภาวัฒนธรรมจังหวัดขอนแก่น

ดำเนินรายการ โดย อาจารย์แก้วตา จันทรานุสรณ์ คณะมนุษยศาสตร์และสังคมศาสตร์  มหาวิทยาลัยขอนแก่น

๑๘.๐๐ ๒๐.๐๐ น. การแสดงวัฒนธรรมพื้นบ้านพี่น้องชาติพันธุ์

หมอลำ และ กันตรึม

รับประทานอาหารเย็นร่วมกัน พาแลง อาหารพื้นบ้าน

๒๐.๐๐- ๒๒.๐๐ น. เล่าขานตำนานเพลงเพื่อชีวิตบนเส้นทางการต่อสู้ของชาวอีสาน

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Family and Culture

In Uncategorized on 11/11/2009 at 6:30 pm

Another great piece of writing from CIEE Fall 2009 – from Katherine Cahn (Georgetown University)

Living with a family in Yasothorn, a small province in the lower Northeast, I began to understand the life of a Thai rice farmer. Each day rolled into the next, my family seamlessly performing each day’s work which began well before sunrise. My meh and paw (mother and father) rose at 5 o’clock, paw heading to the rice fields and meh washing the dishes from the previous day, feeding the animals and beginning the day’s food preparation. The children woke up a bit later, washed, ate and headed to school- one by bicycle and one driven on a motorcycle. As the morning progressed my meh and her sister (whom share the same house) washed clothes, prepared sticky rice and tended to the cows, pigs and buffalo. Read the rest of this entry »