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Kok Payom

KIND OF PROJECT: Learning community,
fishermen, forest management, renovation
and activities with kids.

General information about Short Term Camps
 there will always be DaLaa Work Camp Coordinator accompanying volunteers
 besides the main project, there will be time for Thai language/culture and other activities
 volunteers have to be 18 years old or older
 living conditions will be in Thai style (willingness to adapt and enjoy simple conditions of living)
 participant is responsible for their own travel cost and all personal expenses during the free time
 participant is responsible for taking care of their own insurance
 no drugs are allowed in Thailand
 willingness to work and live together, make friends with local people and other volunteers
 info sheets with more detailed information are provided

Kok Payom is a strong Muslim fishermen community from Satun province, Southern Thailand. Over 30
families of the village gathered to protect the bio diversity of their mangrove forest for over 15 years and to
be responsible for the social life of the village. They created an alternative school named KlongTohLem and
now registered as a foundation. With DaLaa, we support them since 2009 by sending short and long term
volunteers. This yearly workcamp during school holidays will be focus on mangrove forest management but
you will be also joining renovation work, activities with kids and will be able to share the energy of the
The villagers of Kok Payom are Muslim so there must be no pork nor alcohol products brought to the village.

Kok Payom, with a population of about 600, is located 10kilometers away from the town of Langu in Satun
Province. The village is only few km from the sea and linked to it through a large river/canal: the water is
salty and there is a strong tide. Most families own a boat and go fishing everyday at the river or at the sea.

There are also rubber plantations and rice fields. It is a very peaceful location surrounded by an area of
mangrove forest. This village is about 100 years old.
Until late 1980’s, villagers were working for a company (government concessions) to make coal from the
rich wood of the mangrove forest. They cut almost all of it.Then there was the law to definitively stop these
concessions and to forbid cutting the rich wood all over Thailand. [This was the start of national parks. But
80 % of the tropical forests of Thailand were already down to exportation...and locals were forbid to cut trees
for their own need, even, in many cases people living in the limits of the new called national parks have been
forced to leave their houses]. When Kok Payom people realized the fishes and crabs were disappearing from
the canal, some villagers made the link and decided to replant and take care of the mangrove. And indeed,
most of the life of the canal and the whole ocean is starting in between the roots of the mangrove (and the
corals too).Nowadays, many areas have been replanted around the village, and even if the mangrove has only
2 or 3 trees species and most trees are of the same height, the life is growing under, in between the roots
that can deal with the tides and salty water. The villagers want to continue to take care of the mangrove and
we would like to support them with hand, head and heart power.
Villagers want also to take care of the social life of the community. The social values of respecting and
supporting each other in their traditional way of life are difficult to maintain nowadays. Like everywhere in
the world, villagers facemore and more challenges. The community has recognized some of these problems
and is working hard to find solutions to the environmental and social issues. They greatly welcome visitors,
activists and volunteers who can contribute to these efforts. One of DaLaa staff, Sakkarin moved to the
village in 2010 and started KlongTohLem Academy with the villagers, an alternative school on the other side
of the canal, in the middle of mangrove forest where children can learn about environment, local values,
wisdoms, and language in a very natural method of learning. The informal class at this alternative school is
conducted every Sunday. There are approximately 20-25 children, aged between 7-12 attending. So far, the
main school building and other necessary structures have been constructed from collaboration of both
villagers and volunteers. However, there is still some work that needs to be done. The villagers are also
building a new mosque for a year already and it is still not finished. There is an Islamic Education center
inside where kids participate every week. This helps to keep unity for the community too.
Early 2017, KlongTohLem Academy Foundation (The community Foundation) gets its official registration.
The aims are to develop the community as a learning society, to support / develop the community base
organization, to organize the 3 types of education for lifelong learning (formal education, non-formal
education and informal education) and to improve the cooperation among community and governmental section.

1- To preserve the mangrove forest and the environment
2- To support and be part of Kok Payom learning community (to preserve their community
values and life style)
3- To build a good relationship between volunteers and local people
4- To learn about local cultures and wisdom

1. Revitalizing some area of the mangrove forest by pruning the small trees branches and
allowing them enough place to grow.
2. Renovating/adjusting surrounding at KlongTohLem Academy and the Islamic Education
Center of the village
3. Organizing activities with kids especially on Sundays at KlongTohLem Academy
4. Learning the local life of this fisherman’s village, Kok Payom

Other activities, possibly if time allows, cultivating seedlings in the nursery, planting trees, agriculture
visiting villagers’ homes, helping on village matters, etc.


The volunteers should be ready to stay in a remote area, to adapt to the local conditions with only basic
facilities.Very few local people are able to speak in English. Volunteers should be able to handle spontaneous
working environment and constant changes in the plans. The mentality and way of thinking is very different
from the western world.There will have often activities with the children. To have responsibility for you, the
kids and full involvement in community matters is a must. For the 2 weeks, you will be leaded by a DaLaa
member/staff who will help to coordinate the project.

Volunteers will sleepat the village meeting place (also the pier) on the river side. There is a hut with 3 rooms
and a big meeting area with a roof where we can put more tents. There will be simple mats, pillow and
mosquito net. You will need to bring your sleeping bag and a small mattress if you want to be more
comfortable. There are basic toilets, showers and a kitchen. The villagers will help the volunteers to cook.
Local people eat rice (or noodles) 3 times a day with side dishes like curries, omelettes, local leaves and
vegetables. Volunteers will be welcome to cook their own food using the ingredients available there. (No
oven, only a gas and woks or pans).

PARTICIPATION FEE: 8,000 Baht per person