A recently published book called Mong Ban Pe Dan Dao captures the viewpoints of a group of children involved in the Doi Tung Youth Camp Project in a very appealing way.
Initiated by the late Princess Mother under the auspices of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, the project aims to produce qualified individuals to continue the work of developing Doi Tung, a mountainous area in Chiang Rai province where people who once earned a living growing opium poppies were persuaded to switch to raising other cash crops, thanks largely to the efforts of the Princess Mother who had a residence built for herself there.
What makes this book rather special is that it is the work of 16 children who have written stories about their lives, values and ideas, many illustrated with colourful pictures, which are meant to inspire youngsters living in other parts of the country and encourage them to live their lives to the fullest.
A display promoting the book can be seen at the Bangkok International Book Fair which continues at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre until Oct 28 (booth X02 in the main foyer).
Copies of Mong Ban Pe Dan Dao can also be purchased at Doi Tung Lifestyle cafes, all branches of Nai In bookstore and at the Chulalongkorn University Book Centre.