Fellow Since 1994
Yad Fon Association (Eastern Office)
This profile was prepared when Chaiyong Phumphabu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
Chaiyong Phumphrabu is working with children who live in or near Thailand's forest areas to help them become forest and wildlife guardians. The most important role the children play is in forging new relationships with park rangers, who are traditionally seen as the enemy by people living in and around forests. His efforts are proving effective in deterring further forest destruction, and the children also influence their parents' behavior.
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