Foundation for Older Persons' Development (FOPDEV)

Foundation for Older Persons' Development (FOPDEV) was established in December 1999 as a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to working with and for the disadvantaged and vulnerable older persons in Thailand. It's main activities take place in the Northern Region of Thailand. FOPDEV works at the community level with: older people's groups to set up income generation activities to improve income security. Volunteers to provide basic health care and information to older people and their carers. Watch groups to monitor local policy implementation and older people's access to rights and entitlements. FOPDEV works at the national level to raise awareness of older people...

Foundation for Older Persons' Development (FOPDEV)
388 (6) Lane 17 Nimmanhemint Rd.,
Suthep
Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Thailand
+66 53 215 676
http://fopdev.or.th

Board of Directors

Mr.Anusorn Kunanusorn, Miss Kanokphorn Sukhamrang, Mrs. Patcharawan Srisilpanant, Mrs. Jaruwan Wutthi, Mrs. Somporn Kiewkaew, Mrs. Aphassari Chaikuna, Mrs. Pimol Saengsawang, Mr. Sawang Kaewkanthorn, Mrs. Preeyaphorn Parinyarak

Mission

Foundation for Older Persons' Development (FOPDEV) was established in December 1999 as a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to working with and for the disadvantaged and vulnerable older persons in Thailand. It's main activities take place in the Northern Region of Thailand. FOPDEV works at the community level with: older people's groups to set up income generation activities to improve income security. Volunteers to provide basic health care and information to older people and their carers. Watch groups to monitor local policy implementation and older people's access to rights and entitlements. FOPDEV works at the national level to raise awareness of older people's issues with the general public and advocate for change with regard to government policies for older people and on the needs of an ageing society. FOPDEV's Mission is to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged older people in Thailand in an empowering and sustainable way.

Programs

FOPDEV's primary programmes Community Empowerment Programme This programme is financially supported by Age UK. In this scheme, a portion of donations are used as capital for income-generating projects (IGPs) for disadvantaged older persons. Participants are thus empowered to take control of their economic situation and, in turn, support other disadvantaged older persons and their community at large through the provision of goods and services. - There are 36 groups working on poverty reduction through income generating activities (IGAs) include: animal raising, weaving, handicraft, small scale farming, and herbal medicine, in five districts areas of Chiang Mai and Lamphun. - Working with 96 trained volunteers visiting 160 disadvantaged older persons in 32 communities in the congested areas of Chiang Mai Municipality. Services provided by the volunteers include: chatting and befriending; minor-household chores; escort older persons to health care centre, market, temple and home visits. - Training for project partners in community level on project management which include: project appraisal, needs assessment of older persons, planning and implementing and monitoring and evaluation. Volunteer-Based Home Care Services Programme The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Korea are currently promoting home-care projects in ten ASEAN member nations. As part of this joint initiative, FOPDEV trains volunteer home-helpers in the city of Chiang Mai to encourage independent living for disadvantaged older people and to lighten the burden on family caregivers. At present, the number of volunteers is 105. These volunteers provide assistance with household chores, basic health care monitoring, daily convenience services, and personal care. Previously, FOPDEV provided training to individual volunteers to care for older people. However, FOPDEV now focuses on building the capacity of the volunteers' club so that they can deliver services directly to older people. This involves strengthening management and operational skills of club committee. FOPDEV also actively encourages the volunteers' club to engage with older people's groups, community leaders, and local and national government to advocate on older peoples' issues. FOPDEV has expanded its model of home care for the older people project by providing technical support and advice to its network in Bangkok to start the home care project in Nong Khaem, Sathon and Sai Mai districts of Bangkok. - Supporting over 105 volunteers in 32 communities in the Chiang Mai municipal area. - 181 older people receive much desired companionship and assistance from 105 dedicated volunteers. Programme for Older People Affected by HIV/AIDS Older people are greatly affected by HIV/AIDS and play a large role in coping with AIDS in their families and communities. Nevertheless, older people are rarely included in the policies and activities of government and nongovernmental organizations alike. Therefore, FOPDEV provided evidence for the inclusion of older people in Thailand's National Integrated Strategic Plan on AIDS Prevention (2007-2011) and continues to support the elderly in this challenging situation through community education programmes. Most member of the older person's association in the Sansai district have been directly affected by HIV/AIDS. As a group, they share common experiences and participate together in extra income generating activities to ease their burdens. These IGAs - which include making paper flowers and running a herbal sauna - further serve to unite them and provide opportunities for emotional support. - 369 people (children and older person) affected by HIV/AIDS - Supporting network collaborations in Lamphun province as well as the Chiang Mai municipal area and districts of Sansai, Sameong,Fang and Mae Ai.

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