36 communities recognized for sufficiency-economy projects

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Pattaya officials recognized efforts by residents and leaders from 36 Pattaya neighborhoods for efforts to improve the quality of life for neighbors by adhering to HM the King’s “sufficiency economy” philosophy.

More than 300 people turned out for the Sept. 16 “Baan Munkohong Project” awards where Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, deputy mayors and members of the Community Organizations Development Institution handed out plaques and certificates.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (center) poses with members of the community that received plaques for their efforts to adhere to HM the King’s “sufficiency economy” philosophy. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (center) poses with members of the community that received plaques for their efforts to adhere to HM the King’s “sufficiency economy” philosophy.

Ten communities earned plaques, 15 individuals received certificates and two restaurants – Kkanphimp Pattaya and Ruan Thai – were recognized for employing sufficiency-economy principles, which preach that individuals and organizations should be able to provide for themselves and shun the pursuit of excess material possessions.

Other examples included a community mushroom-growing project started by Duangporn Piromon of Nong Pangkae. That neighborhood built three sheds where more than 3,000 mushroom plants are grown. The mushrooms are both shared among community members and excess are sold to raise funds to continue the project.

Others recognized for their projects were Boonma Fangrak of Rong Mai Keed, Surachat Kulpa of Nernrodfai, Sarawut Brohimi from Soi 5 Thawa, Kawarin Ithachot of Chonglom Temple, and Samran Saengchan of Chaimongkol Temple.