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FEATURE: Thai temple fights drugs with horses and boxing

AFP, MAE CHAN, Thailand

At the temple, the novices spend much of their time on routine daily tasks: feeding and caring for the animals, especially the horses.

They also study the basics of agriculture and cultivation, and help manage several hectares of cultivated vegetables that feed the residents of the monastery.

The ultimate goal of the program is to provide a sense of discipline and help the children see they are responsible for their own lives, temple monks say.

And the local community seems to approve of the results.

“The temple helps and supports poor children,” said Suk Namsaeng, 39, who lives in a village just a few kilometers from the complex where the monks come every morning to ask for alms.

“Most of the villagers don’t know how severe and harmful drugs are. Their parents have been drug addicts, so their children in the next generation think that it is normal,” he added.

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