Si Racha, Thailand, Aug 29, 2013 / 11:01 am
In Thailand, the Diocese of Chanthaburi is reaching out to rural residents through a human development program offering assistance to families and children of all religions.
"Kids need to be inspired to aspire, and especially rural kids, because unlike city kids they lack exposure and facilities," Father Giuseppe Ekapop Phonmoon, director of the Chanthaburi diocese's office of Diocesan Social Action, told CNA.
On Aug. 22-23, the office held a program at the diocesan pastoral center in Si Racha to encourage inter-religious relations and to help develop the living conditions of rural residents in the diocese.
More than 100 children, both Catholics and Buddhists, participated in the two-day program.