Young people in Nakhon Si Thammarat used the social networking site Facebook to organise a relief effort for victims of the devastating floods and landslides that hit the province.
The Nakhon 360 Degrees group begins repairs to a monk’s living quarters in Wat Sai Ngam. NUCHAREE RAKRUN
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Facebook friends 'like' flood relief
In March and April, Nakhon Si Thammarat experienced one of the most devastating floods and landslides in living memory.
However, residents have shown that rehabilitating their damaged neighbourhood is a matter of mind over money.
They have accepted help from outside their communities and begun the slow but steady process of rebuilding their homes and their lives.
Nakhon Si Thammarat was also hit by heavy floods and landslides last November.
Instead of waiting for aid from the government, residents looked within their communities to help themselves.
They found it electronically, through word of mouth.
A group called "Nakhon 360 Degrees" was formed when students from Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University met on Facebook and discussed what they could do to help.
Friends hooked up with more friends and spread the word about residents in need.
The group quickly expanded with many students, young people and residents of Nakhon Si Thammarat signing on to the cause.
Wuthichai Rattanapan, the Rajabhat University staff member who co-founded the group, said social networking allowed the group to get across relief assistance promptly.
The group's Facebook subscribers told their families who told their relatives and friends who are non-Facebook users about their flood relief campaign.
The experience of giving is rewarding, he said.
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repairs – the process of fixing something that is broken or damaged การซ่อมบำรุง
quarters – rooms that are provided for people (monks, soldiers, servants, etc.) to live in ที่พักอาศัย
devastating – damaging badly or destroying ทำลายล้าง
landslide – a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope แผ่นดินถล่ม
living memory – what people can remember from the time they have been alive, i.e., since they were born
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
rehabilitate – to return someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living ฟื้นฟูสุขภาพ
neighbourhood – a particular area of a city or town ละแวก, ย่าน
matter – a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน
mind over money – what people do with their minds, the plans and actions they take, is more powerful than having money
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
steady – staying at the same level, speed, value etc ไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง, สม่ำเสมอ
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
aid – help; assistance ความช่วยเหลือ
word of mouth – people directly telling each other about something การบอกเล่าแบบปากต่อปาก, การบอกต่อ, การเล่าสู่กันฟัง
hook up with – to meet somebody and spend time with them; to start working with somebody ร่วมกันกับ
spread – to gradually affect or cover a larger area แพร่กระจาย
expand – to make or become larger ขยาย
cause – movement; an aim, idea, or organisation that you support or work for วัตถุประสงค์ อุดมการณ์
founder – a person who establishes an institution, business, or organization ผู้ก่อตั้ง
social networking – communication with people who share your interests using a website like Facebook or other service on the Internet เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
assistance – help; aid ความช่วยเหลือ
promptly – in an immediate or quick way ทันที
subscriber – a person who has signed up to receive a regular service สมาชิก
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
rewarding – making you feel satisfied that you have done something important or useful, or done something well ซึ่งให้ผลตอบแทน
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