The Thai senior citizen stimulus package

Last week I was Thai-napped and taken to a local gathering at a nearby village.  It took me a while to figure out, but I eventually learned the tambon’s SAO office was giving money (500 baht, or about $17) to anyone 60-years old or older who needed it.  The money was to be used to pay for either a doctor’s visit or an eye doctor’s visit.  There was a little lost in translation, but a very interesting day.  The 500 baht bills were given to hundreds of villagers.  I like to think of it as a senior citizen stimulus package.

I think it’s a simple and wonderful concept – giving people who need something, what they need.  I wish I can say I thought of it and it was my project, but I was happy to tag along for the ride.

I’ll let my pictures do the rest of the talking.


3 thoughts on “The Thai senior citizen stimulus package

  1. I have to assume that because there are essentially zero social programs available in Thailand, that everyone needed the money?

  2. Jodie,
    Thailand doesn’t have ‘social programs’ they have Thai people. Most of the time, that’s all you really need.

    • I lived in Thailand for a good chunk of time and had a slightly different experience. I saw people lose their homes in floods and get next to nothing for it. Not much other Thais can do about that, since they’re all living in the same third-world country.

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