A project on “Bhikkhuni Saṅgha: A Responsibility for Quality Youth Development in Thailand”

The future of a nation depends on the quality of its youth today. Songdhammakalyani Monastery is well aware of the importance of Thai youths and has undertaken socially engaged Buddhism under the leadership of Most Ven.Voramai Kabilsingh (Ven.Grandma). She travelled to bring some money and procure essential commodities to the needy youth and community in remote areas while she was still alive. In order to continue Ven.Grandma’s work, Ven.Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Ven.Mother) in collaboration with Buddhasavika Foundation initiated a project called “Sharing with Youth” to help good students with insufficient financial support in terms of scholarship, learning equipment, sports equipment, and necessary items.

Songdhammakalyani Monastery and Buddhasavika Foundation has reviewed the previous support and found that the support was mainly financial support, very seldom, once a year. The goal, dimensions, and scope of youth development were not well defined. To extend the project, the monastery joins hands with the foundation to assist the society in quality youth development aiming at a holistic quality development based on Buddhism including physical, mind, and wisdom on top of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy to potential primary schoolchildren with support from their community. In addition, the schoolchildren should be equipped with vocational agricultural skills with emphasis on environmental conservation and land potency, work responsibility and problem solving, resource sharing, and so on. 

An attempt has been made by Songdhammakalyani Monastery in collaboration with Buddhasavika Foundation synergizing with Kasetsart University and Wat Phai Chorakhae School, Ban Len district, Nakhon Pathom.