Empowering women and children to reduce the trauma of abuse, and strengthen them prepare for flood disasters in Ayuthaya Province
The reason why the Raks Thai Foundation selected Ayutthaya for the project and the reasons for empowering women and children are due to the fact that Ayutthaya is still regularly affected by severe floods, (the most recent being the 2011 mega-flood) and the fact that women and children are very vulnerable. Ayutthaya remains in the rehabilitation phase; there is a need for prolonged rehabilitation due to the severity of the flood situation there. Nationwide, the 2011 flood resulted in 200 deaths, while many villages were flooded for several months. There was a wide range of damage to lifestyles, domiciles, natural resources, and the cultural heritage. Trees were destroyed and the river banks became filled with garbage and other waste, destroying local fisheries. The Raks Thai Foundation supported the rehabilitation process and prepared the community for flooding in the future. Raks Thai focused on women and children since these two groups were the most affected in the 2011 flood.
To empower women and children in their home communities, so that they become the decision makers, planners, and the managers in case of emergency, while responding to community emergencies with sensitivity to the specific needs of women and children.
Children, youth and women in Muang, Maharat, and Bangban Districts, Ayutthaya Province.
Muang, Maharat, and Bangban Districts, in Ayutthaya Province