YPD 2003: Thailand

The first Young People for Development (YPD) Exchange and Training Program took place in Thailand from 7 – 25 August 2003.

It began with a request in mid-2002 from the MRJC (Catholic Rural Youth Movement) in the Pas de Calais in northern France, a member movement of CCFD France, to hold an exchange program in South East Asia.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Thailand and the Karen Youth Leadership and Management Training Program (KYLMTP) agreed to host this exchange in Thailand.

On learning of this initiative, the Beifang Jinde Catholic Social Centre in China and the Solidarity and Development Group, Vietnam became interested in joining this program. Other groups and organisations in Shenyang, China, Hanoi, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia also heard about this initiative and requested to join the program.

Gradually, the Young People for Development program took shape as an exchange and training program for young people involved in development in Asia together with the participation of the MRJC Pas de Calais.

Eventually, 55 young people from Vietnam, China, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Cambodia and France joined the program, which took place from 7 – 25 August 2003.