The Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation (DSRR)
Background and Rationale
The Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation (DSRR) was established on 19 January 2010 to serve as an organization to continue the activities of the National Independent Commission for Reconciliation (NICR), who had established the National Reconciliation Fund and operated the Fund for 5 years, until 29 January 2009.
Before the National Reconciliation Fund closed down, senior figures in the Thai society agreed to establish an institution in the form of a Foundation to organize relief and reconciliation efforts in the Deep South. The Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation was then established to continue the tasks amidst the on-going and violent situation in the Deep South.
Since the Deep South unrest was ignited from the gun raid on 4 January 2004, the violence had been violent with no tendency for peace and calm. The losses that the local people suffered did not include only the loss of life and property, but also included mutual distrust and fear within the same community, feeling of insecurity and decreased co-existence and reconciliation between people of two cultures, which is troublingly low. State efforts alone are inadequate to solve this deep and complex problem. Participation by all sectors means that there is hope in gathering bits and pieces from everyone to weave and bring back the force of reconciliation to the community and pave the way for peace in the future.
The Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation is determined to undertake its work with 4 emphases: relief and improvement of the quality of life of the unrest victims and underprivileged people in the area; enabling community-level reconciliation; development of knowledge to solve problems faced by the local people; and public communication for the right understanding of the situation in the Deep South. The Foundation works under a paradigm of networking with local partners to help care for the victims or the under-privileged and undertake activities to foster community reconciliation. It is hoped that once the local partners deem that they are the owners of the mission and play a key role in the action, with the Foundation merely serving as a support mechanism, there will be a chance for sustainability and creative solution to the complex problems and issues of the Deep South, to be the star of the hope for peace amidst this dark night. Once the star brightly lights the sky, peace and reconciliation in the Deep South will soon be realized. The Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation thus volunteers for this mission with great determination. Nonetheless, support from all sectors is also extremely crucial for the success of the Foundation, and for peace in this frontier region.
Objectives of the Foundation
- To coordinate and liaise for aid for the victims of the unrest
- To support activities to promote reconciliation and empower the local people.
- To support research or academic activities on relief and reconciliation
- To make public communication for the right understanding and policy-making process
- To serve as a fund-raising organization for activities by the 4 objectives above.
- The Central Office
- Publicize and raise funds for the Foundation
- Fund-raising to support community-level relief and reconciliation activities
- Develop a system to efficiently manage the Foundation
- Conduct internal and external follow-up, monitoring and evaluation
- Program for quality-based relief of individual victims
- Establish a fund to provide sub-grants for timely provision of relief that meets the need of each individual to ameliorate personal troubles with the approach of social work through the screening mechanism provided by various relief actors (nodes) in the area, including hospitals, the Deep South Coordination Centers, Provincial Social Development and Human Security Offices, victim support groups, etc.
- Contact various charitable organizations and agencies forassistance. This fund will serve as a hub for those who give help, and those who deserve to receive help.
- Further augment relief activities by gathering and creating expertise, connect with various relief groups in the area and form a network to support the work of one another.
- Programme for Local Capacity-Building
- Support relief activities within the community by the community itself
- Build a network of target communities and partner organizations to mobilize reconciliation efforts with bases in the community,which serve as a seed of peace in the long run.
- Academic Programme for Knowledge-People Development
- Establish a framework and strategy for research on relevant issues, organize research activities and put the acquired knowledge into use.
- Develop the local people by encouraging the research and knowledge management process as tools to find the truth.
- Public Communication Programme for Creating the Right Understanding
- Disseminate the truth in the area, particularly on the way of life of the people and the community through various media, in order for the Thai society to correctly understand the Deep South provinces.
- Manage information and public communication for policy changes.
- Source of funding to provide relief to the victims of the conflict
- A quality-based system of relief
- Empowerment and reconciliation in the Deep South
- New body of knowledge on relief and reconciliation
- The Thai society has the right understanding about the Deep South provinces
Request budget support from various organizations in the public and private sectors
Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation
- Mr.Anand Panyarachun
- Prof.Dr.Prawes Wasi
- Prof.Dr.Vijarn Panich
- Prof.Dr.Piyawat Boon-Long
- Assoc.Prof.Dr. Kotom Ariya
- Prof.Dr. Chaiwat Satha-anand
- Dr.Somsak Chunharasmi
- Phra Paisal Visalo
- Mrs.Angkhana Neelaphaijit
Board of the Foundation:
- Prof. Dr.Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong Chair
- Assistant Prof.Piya Kitthaworn Vice-chair
- Assoc.Prof. Pantip Chayakul Vice-chair
- Dr.Supat Hasuwanakit Secretary
- Dr.Vorasith Sornsrivichai Treasurer
- Mr.Sophon Suphapong Member
- Dr.Anan Sulaiman Member
- Mr.Abdulrosak Ali Member
- Ms.Maryam Samoh Member
- Dr.Petchdao Tohmina Member
What makes the Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation different from other organizations?
The Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation was established to continue the work of the National Reconciliation Fund through a process of relief and reconciliation at the individual and community levels amidst the situation of unrest in the Deep South.
Key characteristics of the work of the Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation are:
- The Board and the Working Group of the Foundation are those who have worked in the Deep South provinces for an extensive period, enabling them to have a good understanding of the local situation, sentiments and contexts.
- The Board and the Working Group of the Foundation have been previously involved in relief and reconciliation work of other organizations and projects in the area. Although most of these projects have received funding from different sources, however, there are limits depending on the conditions of the funding body and lack of continuity commonly occurs. Therefore, it is hoped that the Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation will help to continue or raise the level of the on-going projects and initiate new projects in accordance with the actual contexts of the area. The Foundation will raise funds from various organizations to support its key projects to alleviate the problems in the area.
- The Board of the Foundation has reached a consensus that the processes of supporting various projects by the Foundation’s funds must be based on the Board’s established strategy, with the following key approaches:
- The Board of the Foundation will contact organizations or communities with notable achievements on issues related to the established strategy to help plan and determine the direction, format, and mechanisms for project implementation, after which funding will be provided. This approach would allow for the Foundation’s spending to be according to its mission in the most efficient manner. Conventional calls for proposal will not be used.
- The Board of the Foundation may appoint an external member or organization to play a role in evaluation of its activities for transparency, and analyze the feasibility in receiving support for sustainability and subsequent connection to funding sources.
- The Board of the Foundation may establish a subcommittee or a working group to serve as a mechanism for its work to be in accordance with the mission of the
- Foundation, e.g. management of information to analyze the local contexts related to relief and reconciliation, or capacity building of the Foundation’s partners at the organizational and community levels in fulfilling ideas and skills in carrying out its work, including coordination for quality-based relief in individual cases.
- However, the Foundation is willing to assist various organizations or communities who wishes for the Foundation to develop their projects and connect to various funding sources to seek funds and form a network with the Foundation.
- The Board of the Foundation will enable a mechanism for audit and suggestions through its Board of Advisors and through evaluation by external organization in order to lay the framework for future activities and give recommendations to the Foundation. Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation is a new organization which has been established in order to coordinate and mobilize activities to alleviate problems arising from the unrest in the Deep South, particularly activities in the areas of relief and reconciliation.
The Foundation is happy to hear suggestions and collaborate with various partners. The Foundation can be contacted through the following means:
Telephone: (+66) 8 3397 2200 Fax: (+66)7445 5150
write to us at Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation
6th Floor, Faculty of Medicine Administrative Building
Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai District,
Songkhla Province 90110. THAILAND.
If you wish to donate:
Transfer via Siam Commercial Bank PCL
Account name: Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation
Account number: 565 - 4 - 324694
Swift Code: SICO TH BK
Branch: Prince of Songkla University Hat Yai