Vision and Mission
Our Evolving Vision, Our Evolving Mission
The 1967 Articles of Association for The Education & Public Welfare Foundation listed five objectives, emphasizing education and medical aid and welfare.
After over 50 years of experience, there are now four parts to our mission statement, but the emphasis is less on ‘charity’ as such and more on insuring the effectiveness and sustainability of our projects and programs.
An ambitious vision for a better Thailand: EPWF founding objectives
The 1967 Articles of Association listed five objectives for EPWF, setting out an ambitious vision for a better Thailand:
- to establish or support medical institutions to provide medical aid and welfare to impoverished patients
- to establish or support educational organizations and to provide assistance to needy students
- to give for charitable purposes and carry out other kinds of work beneficial to the public
- to promote in every way the study, research, preparation and implementation of projects beneficial to Thailand
- to cooperate with non-government and government organizations for philanthropic aims for the welfare of Thailand
EPWF board meeting in March 1996.
Seated from left:
H.E. Mr. Pote Sarasin, Chairman;
Khunying Dr. Puengchai Ngarmukos, Director;
Mrs. Sarunya Chowkwanyun, Director;
Dr. Pracha Mokkhavesa, Vice Chairman;
Mr. Van Chansue, Secretary ;
Mr. Pong Sarasin, Director;
Dr. Suprija Mokkhavesa, Director;
Mr. Chow Chowkwanyun, Director and General Manager;
Mr. Bangkok Chowkwanyun, Treasurer.
All positions as at the time of the photograph March 1996.
What we have learned (and are learning)...
1st: Constructionism - a paradigm for 2nd: Compassion and morality
Significant progress will depend on adopting a new learning paradigm to replace the prevailing rote learning method: the teacher lectures, the student listens and memorizes.
We believe that constructionism is the most suitable model. It reflects the philosophy of John Locke of old, and more recently of Ludwig Wittgenstein. We truly learn by constructing something or experiencing something, and then follow up with the words of description and theory. It started with the gazing of stars and measuring the orbits followed by computation and equations of motion from Copernicus to Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton - until the reversal of the process with the genius of Albert Einstein conjecturing first that space is curved, to be subsequently confirmed by observation.
Our ultimate goal is to bring about peaceful and lasting social and economic change in the Kingdom of Thailand.
We continue to draw inspiration from His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej: Speaking to the Thai people on his 85th birthday anniversary:
I always believe that the kindness and goodwill that you have toward each other will create unity in the country. If Thai people are virtuous, there is hope that no matter what situation the country finds itself in, it will be safe and retain its stability.
EPWF’s 20 years Village Development Program (1999 – 2018) promoted outreach from the affluent society of Bangkok and the Eastern Provinces to the poorer sector in the Northeastern Region while at the same time promoting by villagers’ own example Good Governance.
3rd: Leadership and Management
Our most successful projects have been ones to which we not only contributed financially but ones where our general managers or board directors have also been directly involved, contributing high level inputs of vision, leadership, and management as well as time, the most valuable resource of all.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” (Khalil Gibran)
Mr. Bangkok Chowkwanyun, EPWF
and General Manager planning
in Nang Rong, Buriram
Epwf Director Mr. Sukrit Surabotsopon was not only a supporter
of EPWF's Sufficiency Economy Village Program but he pioneered the concept of the private sector replicating the EPWF Water Resources Management Program in this case IRPC where he was President at that time.
Mr. Chow conferring on the Kra Canal in 1973 with nuclear expert Dr. Edward Teller, the ‘Father of the Hydrogen Bomb’ and leading proponent of ‘atoms for peace’ - the use of nuclear energy for peaceful, constructive purposes.
Past EPWF Director
Dr. Khunying Puengchai
Ngarm-Ukos was a distinguished physician at Cardiac Unit, Chulalongkorn Hospital.
EPWF Director Dr. Salyaveth Lekagul is a founding member and now an Honorary Senior Otolaryngologist of the Rural Ear Nose and Throat Foundation.
Mr. Bangkok Chowkwanyun leading a meditation course at Baan Raiwa, Bangphra, Cholburi.
EPWF Director Lt. Gen. Dr. Suprija Mokkhavesa is a founding member of Phaya Thai Palace Conservation Foundation to renovate and maintain Phaya Thai Palace or Royal Phaya Thai Palace. The Palace now houses the Exhibition of The Life Works of HM King Rama IX The Great which was displayed as part of the royal funeral ceremony of His Majesty at the Phra Maen Royal Ground.
The Rural Ear Nose and Throat Foundation, where EPWF Director Dr. Salyaveth Lekagul is a founding member.
4th: Technology: The Internet and social networking
The Internet has a profound effect on Learning Technologies and Health Technologies. We shall try to exploit IT and Internet Technologies to leverage outreach on the two active Flagship Programs of the Foundation: Vipassana Meditation and Mental Health. Nevertheless, the Human Contribution can never be completely replaced.