Mahidol University organized a knowledge-sharing forum on rehabilitation and preparedness for residents of the flood-hit Mahasawat community on March 4, 2012 at Wat Suwannaram in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom Province.
MU President Prof. Rajata Rajatanavin, M.D. presided over the opening ceremony of the event, in which the representatives of Tambon Mahaswat including the president of Tambon Administrative Organization, village chiefs, and local government officials were presented with royally bestowed seeds from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
The so-called Post-flood Rehabilitative Activities for Buddhamonthon Community is the first of a series of one-day programs which the university will host for the residents of each of the three tambons in Buddhamonthon District, which was severely affected by last year’s massive flood.
The event featured an exhibition and a variety of learning activities that provided information and knowledge about health, food and diet, and preparations for floods.
To help to restore the community’s food security, a seed donation ceremony was performed by Bio Thai Foundation and members of civil society groups to collect and distribute seeds of indigenous species to flood victims.
Phramaha Methawinairos, dean of Graduate School, Mahamakut Buddhist University conducted a morale-lifting activity for the participants.
Some residents in Buddhamonthon areas were invited to share their experiences in coping with the flood in a discussion on “How to eat and live when the Flood was threatening.”
The series is a continuation of the university’s Sharing Knowledge for Buddhamonthon’s Recovery Project, launched shortly after the flood.
The project has involved its academics and researchers from various fields in integrated research projects that have collected data on the flood’s impact on local communities and residents.
The information gathered by research teams has been used to determine measures and knowledge that are vital for the communities’ rehabilitation and their preparedness for future floods and other natural disasters.
Date : March 9, 2012