The Project “Bhikkhuni Saṅgha: A Responsibility for Quality Youth Development in Thailand” In the photo, Venerables Dhammavanna and Dhammaparipunna with the children.

The future of a nation depends on the quality of its youth today. Songdhammakalyani Monastery is well aware of this and so, it has undertaken socially engaged Buddhism following in the footsteps of the Most Venerable Voramai Kabilsingh (Ven.Grandma) who, during her lifetime, travelled to donate money and procure essential commodities to the needy youth and communities in remote areas of Thailand. In order to continue Ven. Grandma’s work, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, in collaboration with Buddhasavika Foundation, initiated a project called “Sharing with Youth” to help students with insufficient financial support in terms of scholarship, learning equipment, sports equipment, and necessary items.

Songdhammakalyani Monastery and Buddhasavika Foundation have reviewed previous support and found that it was mainly financial support, occurring only 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 in giving quality youth development in a holistic manner based on Buddhism and that included physical and mental development to primary schoolchildren. In addition, the school children are taught 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.