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Issue 2/2011
Issue 1/2011

From Mechai Viravaidya

Thank you for visiting the website, which is intended to highlight the history of the work I have done over the years and provide links to our current and future endeavors. The NGO I founded, Population & Community Development Association (PDA), was established in 1974 to address health and long-term sustainability issues in Thailand. We promoted family planning through innovative programs and approaches to desensitize contraceptive use and make them available throughout Thailand. When HIV/AIDS reared its head, similar principles were applied to ensure that everyone was aware of the dangers of this disease and knew about its prevention.

Following these programs, we focused on rural development initiatives to empower the poor to eradicate poverty, which we utilized in the wake of the Tsunami in 2004. This program eventually evolved into what is known today as the Village Development Partnership, which addresses the five vital components of development: community empowerment, income generation, health, education, and environmental promotion.

Early Approaches to Family Planning

Recently, I have chosen to devote a significant portion of my efforts towards youth philanthropy and education through the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation. That is why we have established the Mechai Pattana School, the Green Village Toy Library, and our Youth Philanthropy program to ensure that children grow up to be good citizens and recognize the joy of doing public good. These initiatives are funded by the generous contributions from donors as well as our social enterprises including the Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant Chain, Birds & Bees Resort in Pattaya, and Business for Rural Education and Development Co. Ltd. (BREAD).

Thank you for your time and please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or questions.

Warm regards,

Mechai Viravaidya
Mechai Viravaidya Foundation
6 Sukhumvit Soi 12
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
(+66)2-229-4611 ext. 331

At the Mechai Pattana Secondary School