Utis Buddhasud Somjai

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1991
Foundation for Rural Child Development
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Education / Learning, Adult education, Rural development, Development & Prosperity


This profile was prepared when Utis Buddhasud Somjai was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
Disruption of family life, poverty, social and spiritual ills - all byproducts of Thailand's "urban migration". Villages, decimated by shrinking populations, are paying the price for the country's rapid development. Utis Buddhasud is helping to keep villages and families in the impoverished Northeast together by creating model programs which offer families a healthier future. The programs provide cooperative child care, early childhood education, and village-based career opportunities for youth.
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