The afternoon's Keynote speaker was 17 year old Ryan Hrelijac www.ryanswell.ca
Ryan was inspired to start building well's when he was 6 years old. He build his first well in 1999 in Uganda. His foundation has built 441 wells in 16 developing nations.
Saturday morning we heard Dr. Mechai Viravaidya www.pda.or.th. He is affectionately known as Mr. Condom and his chain of restaurants and resorts in Thailand called cabbages and condoms provide good food and you bill will come will a condom in place of the traditional mint. Dr. Mechai has worked on zero population growth initiatives, HIV/AIDS education and now the 'Village development partnership model;sustainability through community empowerment and the village development bank." He says ' We should be moving away from the welfare approach;business is the only way out of poverty.'
Natasha Yogachandra, an 11th grade student at Rumrudee started The hope is life foundation She has built libraries and schools in several countries in Africa and Asia.
Lek Chailert www.elephantnaturefoundation.org is an animal rights activist. Her passion is elephants and she advocates for the rights and welfare of elephants in Thailand. She told us to contact The Lonely Planet and other travel guides that suggest that tourists visit local attractions that exploit animals. We should ask these guide books to take a more socially conscious position and stop guiding people to venues where animals are not treated humanely.