SCB-Mae Fah Luang Foundation joins hands in helping improve natural resources and quality of life in Chiang Rai communities through upstream-midstream-downstream development

 

            Siam Commercial Bank collaborated with the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under royal patronage to implement a Permanent Reforestation Project in Celebration of His Majesty the King at Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai Province, during 2005-2007. The project featured planting economic trees so that local people had plots of land to use for earning a living and living in harmony with forests under a royal suggestion of the late beloved Somdet Phra Srinagarindra (Somdej Ya). The project resulted in an increased availability of fertile forests, which are one of the country’s important water sources, leading to continued cooperation in implementing a water system development project at Thoet Thai Sub-District, Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai Province (2018-2020). With a focus on sustainable water source management, the project involved building agricultural and conservation weirs. 

 

 

           So far, 44 agricultural weirs and 2,700 conservation weirs have been constructed as of the end of December 2019. The target numbers of completely built agricultural and conservation weirs in 2020 are 64 and 4,300, respectively. The project, if successfully implemented, will benefit 25 villages with 408 households and 2,032 inhabitants. During project implementation, SCB realized the importance of youth education and the quality of life in local communities, leading the bank to collaborate with the Mae Fah Luang Foundation to participate in coordinated efforts to address poverty and manage water resources sustainably to ensure the prosperity of local communities. The project is part of the upstream-midstream-downstream development process.

 

            Throughout the entirety of 2019, SCB and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation jointly implemented the following development projects:

  • A project for developing clean drinking water for 39 schools featured arranging a new water purification system to ensure that schoolchildren have access to clean and safe drinking water. Under the project, SCB worked together with the Chiang Rai Medical Sciences Center to check water conditions, prepare handbooks, train school officials on how to maintain the water purifier system to meet quality standards, hand out drinking water bottles to children, and improve the water pipe and electrical systems in 39 schools.
  • A project for renovating Baan Suk Ruethai Child Development Center and Sueksa Nari Anuson 3 Border Patrol Police School was initiated with the aim of improving living conditions for the children attending the school and upgrading the quality of life for teachers to ensure their ability to work to further develop the quality of the education they can provide.
  •  A project for building Baan Huay San Child Development Center, Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai, which is close to the water system development project. Because no childcare establishment is available in the area to help parents who are busy working, SCB jointly supported building the center for preparing primary-age children for education. The center can accommodate 100 pre-school children.

 

          In addition, SCB volunteers made field trips to teach local people how to do household accounts, induce them to stop drinking alcohol to save money for their families, helped people in communities build weirs, and held an “SCB, Let’s Do Good” activity to teach community children how to save money. All development projects have been launched in the hope of addressing the poverty and hardship faced by people living in remote areas, protecting watershed forests to maintain their abundance, saving water to ensure community members have enough water for farming for the whole year, and strengthening communities and improving the quality of life for local people.