Foundation for Life

To Mould the NeXt Generation, so they may have qualities of self-control, reverence and a sense of responsibility, ready for good works. We run activities that help children and youths attain physical, mental, spiritual and social maturity, giving positive teaching to the social evils facing youths today and encourage them to express what they learn through practical service to the communities. We empower the young to be purposeful and responsible for their own future and that of the environment
Oct 15, 2014

Giving Hill tribe Kids a Chance

Wearing Tribal Costumes (note the designs)
Wearing Tribal Costumes (note the designs)

Giving Hill tribe Kids a Chance

The Foundation has been working with various people groups from village kids in the upcountry agricultural areas to the city youths in slum communities, many of whom come from broken families and troubled homes. It has been our priviledge to be able to impact young lives of girls and boys so that they may be given equal opportunities to develop wholistically.

The group of girls in Chiangrai who are studying in a lowland boarding school, come from various hilltribes around the Chiangrai city. Many years ago, during assembly time, a teacher noted that there was a folded newspaper stained with blood, on the dirt floor. It was later discovered that a student did not have the money to buy sanitary pads, and used newspapers instead. From then, the innovative teacher decided to help these hilltribe girls earn some pocket money, by helping them use their spare time to do their tribal cross-stitching or embroidery into small pieces of cloth, which were then used to make little bags, keychains, purses, pencil cases, etc..

When our Foundation met this group in their school in Chiangrai, heard their story, and found out that the items that were made were not marketing well, the Foundation decided to aid them by helping to market their products. Along the way,we were able to send volunteers to run wholistic activities during the weekends, so that these girls would benefit from lessons on self-esteem, communal integration, responsiblitity to their families, communities and leadership training, plus a whole range of interactive and interesting life-skills.

Sutipon, 13 years, who comes from the  Yao tribe says, "I am grateful to be able to join these weekend activities.. it has helped build my self-confidence."

"I am so glad to join the group ... this is fun" said Maya, who is from the Mong Tribe

Fah, who is a first timer, from the Tai Yai Tribe, shyly agreed.

We know that unless our partners and supporters back us up, on all the projects and activities, we would not have been able to reach out to these needy in the hills.... for that we THANK YOU!

Wishing you all the very best and welcoming any comments that you may have to help enrich our ministry.

Vena Lung

Tribal designs made to bags,keychains & wristbands
Tribal designs made to bags,keychains & wristbands
Sutiporn
Sutiporn
Maya, Fah and Others
Maya, Fah and Others
Hilltribe girls with their Volunteer Leaders
Hilltribe girls with their Volunteer Leaders
Oct 2, 2014

Knitting a World Wide Tapestry of Love

Knitters from Australia
Knitters from Australia

Knitting a World Wide Tapestry of Love

When there was a global  call to friends and supporters to help knit winter caps or scarfs for the needy in Thailand, at an International Conference in Perth (July 2014), a number of the volunteers, began knitting away during their spare time, . By the end of the conference, within a short span of 1 week, around 50 caps were knitted and together with another local volunteer group, 200 winter caps were collected for our Thai Volunteers to bring home.

In conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of The Girls' Brigade and The Young Men's Brigade, The Foundation for Life who is also celebrating her 10th Anniversary, sent out a call for help under the Blanket Them With Love Project. A number of 2,000 Winter Caps were targeted as a community outreach to show our care and concern for the underprivilidged in Thailand.

To date, volunteers cosisting of housewives, students, employees including people from all walks of life have already "knitted their tapestry of love" and are beginning to send them to us.

Below are some of the emails that they have sent:

"Hi
We met in Perth.
At that time I asked if I could request the help of friends and colleagues in New Zealand to knit beanies for your project. I am pleased to let you know that I had a great response and I now have 80 beanies to send to you.
From: Lorna Child (New Zealand)"

"Hi
Let me share how this Project has been such a blessing to my church. We have about 200 knitters & more signing up every Sunday. We did a workshop for about 20 + people & we are doing another workshop in Oct!                             From Sally Chew (Singapore)"

"Hi Vena,
I have finished 15 caps and they are wrapped and headed for Thailand.... so it might still be 10 or so days before you get it. I have also included 6 small koala toys. Let me know when the parcel arrives. If I can get more made I will .....           From Jenny McWilliam (Melbourne, Australia)"

As of now, the Foundation has collected 637 winter caps. It just looks like with the concerted efforts of volunteers from around the world, the goal of reaching 2,000 caps is beginning to look very possible!

The Foundation would like to thank all Volunteers and Supporters who have been journeying with us all these years and welcome any feedback that would help us better our service to the community and the needy!

 

Gratefully yours,

Vena Lung

Knitters from Asia
Knitters from Asia
Knitters from Africa
Knitters from Africa
Parcel from Australia
Parcel from Australia
Some of the Winter Caps from Global Volunteers
Some of the Winter Caps from Global Volunteers
Jul 27, 2014

Teaching Values: Giving to Others - It is Intentional

"Although tiring, I would do it for others" Aryck
"Although tiring, I would do it for others" Aryck

Giving to Others - It is Intentional

When time came for the annual planning retreat for the young leaders, the organisation decided to incorporate a "work and challenge" theme for the group. This retreat was with the intention to plan for the projects that would  encompass the celebration of the 20 years of working with children and youths.

Together with the adult volunteer-leaders, the girls gathered to knit winter caps and scarves for the needy in the hilly areas of Thailand, so that the people living in these areas would have some protection against the cold, especially in the wintry months, that stretches from November till around February.

Meanwhile the boys spent the whole day out in the sun video taping the steps for footdrill, that would help other youths who wanted to use it as a team-building challenge project.

In addition to the above, these youths were also challenged to try out their potentials for water sports at the Nong Bon Centre that was set up for public, in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

At the end of the 2 days of work and challenge, Aryck said,"Although it has been a tiring and sometimes tedious, taking and re-taking video scenes for the footdrill, I find it meaningful that we are helping others with this project. I would gladly do this again if needs be!"

With regards to knitting,"I have NEVER done any knitting in my life, but am determined to finish this hat, even though I know that it's tough for me. At least 1 person gets warm because I did it!", exclaimed Mook, who was struggling with her knitting needles.

"I am suprised that I was able to explain to friends how to manoever the sailing boat " beamed Jedi, who semed to have gotten the techniques of sailing with ease.

Memie reflected,"Learning to sail involves learning to be responsible for the equipment aswell, because it will affect the safety of the users!"

In all, it was indeed a time where our youths were challenged to Give of themselves and their efforts for the benefit of Others, and it has to be INTENTIONAL, so that it would be instilled in their hearts for life!

Thanks to all donors who have made these life lessons possible for the future of Thai youths. Any suggestions to better our services would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards

Vena Lung

Girls knitting caps or scarves for Others
Girls knitting caps or scarves for Others
Mook, struggling but determined
Mook, struggling but determined
Jedi teaching peers, helping Others
Jedi teaching peers, helping Others
"Being responsible ..." Memei
"Being responsible ..." Memei
Youths agree - Giving to Others is Intentional
Youths agree - Giving to Others is Intentional

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