Between 15th of May and 13th of June, DEPDC, in cooperation with Alliance Anti-Trafic (ATT) have organized a workshop called ‘Training Program for Social Workers for at-risk Women and Children from The Shan State’.
This workshop has 11 participants coming from The Shan State in Myanmar. All of them belong to the Myanmarese ethnic minority of Shan (also known as Tai Yai). This ethnic group represents the majority in The Shan State, but still struggles with poverty, discrimination, statelessness, and irregular flare up of fighting after decades of civil war. ATT and DEPDC have organized this workshop to provide the necessary skills to young local leaders from various backgrounds to help and protect their local communities.
On 4th of June, the whole group went on a field trip to the ‘Chiang Rai Hilltribes Development and Welfare Centre’ where they got an introduction into the cultural anthropology of the Thai-Myanmarese border areas. They learned about the different ethnic groups and their different ways of making a living.
In the afternoon, the workshop spent a visit to the ‘Naam Kham Valley Development Foundation’ in Baan Saen Suk. This foundation focuses on community development of Baan Saen Suk and the other Akha communities of the area. One of the main fields of their work is agricultural education, to teach the beneficiaries how to maximize the output in a sustainable way, limiting artificial manure and pesticides. The most important areas are pig and fish breeding and the production of corn and vegetables.
DEPDC would like to thank both organizations for their kind invitations and for their interesting presentations. DEPDC’s staff and the participants of the workshop had the possibility to learn a lot about the organizations work and the region.