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         Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) announced the performance of 2 big projects: Wan Kaew Project and Reforestation Project to celebrate the 60th Birthday Anniversary of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the year of 2014-2015. The projects achievement was beyond the goals. For Wan Kaew Project, the provision of the optometry mobile unit for 390 times could serve 62,000 underprivileged people, while reforestation project could restore the forest accounting for 26,500 rai, resulting to the sustainable benefits to Thai people.

 

       On November 24, 2015, Mr. Nakhorn Siriprinyanant, Sirindhorn Sheriff, chaired the announcement ceremony of the two projects in celebration of HRH Princess Sirindhorn’s 60th Birthday Anniversary. Mr. Thanarat Bhummakasikara, Assistant Governor-Hydro Power Plant, EGAT, together with government sector and the public joined the event at Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani Province which was named after HRH Princess Sirindhorn.

         The Assistant Governor said that in the occasion of HRH Princess Sirindhorn celebrating her 60th birthday anniversary in 2015, EGAT had implemented 2 projects that were Wan Kaew and Reforestation. EGAT in collaboration with Mettapracharak (Watraikhing) Hospital and Better Vision Group implemented the Wan Kaew project to follow the royal thought in helping the poor with eyesight problem across the country free of charge. Between 2014 and 2015, 62,000 underprivileged people had already been helped, which was higher than the target of 60,000 persons.

         “EGAT would like to thank you all Thai people as well as government and private sectors for donating the money, accounting for more than 9 million baht in total. Today there is the 390th optometry mobile unit serving the public with eyesight problem at Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani Province. It is the last time EGAT has offered the mobile unit in this year. The project is closed for this year with complete success. For 12 years since the foundation of Wan Kaew Project in 2003 until today, we have already helped 262,000 people.”

 

         The Assistant Governor further mentioned about the reforestation project implemented between 2014 and 2015. EGAT planted the trees in headwaters area in Nan Province and Mangrove forest in Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chanthaburi, Songkhla covering the area of 23,000 rai. Moreover, EGAT in collaboration with Ubon Ratchathani Province implemented another reforestation project in the area of Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the royal initiative of HRH Princess Sirindhorn in Sirindhorn Dam, Ubon Ratchathani Province where local trees, herbs, and rare trees were planted to restore the abundance of the forest covering an area of 3,500 rai. That contributed to the total of 26,500 rai in which EGAT could plant the trees, which was significantly beyond the target. EGAT would take care of the trees for 2 years to make sure that every tree can grow properly before submitting them to be under the responsibility of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

         The reforestation projects implemented by EGAT for 20 years included reforestation project in celebration of the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne, forest and water ecosystem restoration in the northern Thailand, tree planting around our Father’s home project, Sirikit reforestation project, the headwaters reforestation project, and reforestation project to celebrate HRH Princess Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday anniversary, contributing to the planted areas of 420,000 rai. The survival rate of the trees was 88%, and EGAT had the long plan to plant more trees not less than 20,000 rai annually for 10 years starting in 2015. EGAT did not only plant the trees but also raised public awareness to love and conserve the forests.

         The two projects to celebrate the 60th Birthday Anniversary of HRH Princess Sirindhorn responded to the royal thought to help the underprivileged people and conserve the forests for the next generations. Public participation that was encouraged through donation and being volunteers resulted in the sustainable benefit to Thai people. It was the way to nourish the nation as the tribute to the princess.