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
Apr 14, 2015

How It All Began ....

The wonderful and creative Australian Ladies
The wonderful and creative Australian Ladies

How It All Began ....

The Foundation for Life has a number of projects under her wing and one of them is "The Little Entrepreneur" Project, which aims to impart in the Girls and Boys in our care, Character and Leadership of themselves. In this Project, they are taught to make wise use of their free time to help earn some pocket money to be used for daily expenses like basic toiletries e.g. soaps, shampoos, sanitary pads, etc..

The story behind this  project is a moving one, deserving to be re-told once again...

Some 20 years ago, there was a school in Chiangrai (a local village school in the Northern province). This school receive children from the needy hilltribe groups that surround this area, who have poor access to basic education.  One day at assembly time, one of the teachers noticed some newspapers on the dirt field, that was stained in blood. It was later discovered that it belonged to a girl who had her monthly "period". This incident became the impetus for the teacher to do something for the underprivileged hilltribe girls who had no money to  get even the basic necessities. Knowing that these girls were good with sewing especially cross-stitching their tribal patterns, she encouraged them to cross-stitch their tribal patterns onto small pieces of cloths and she would then get some village ladies to use these to make into purses, bags, pencil cases, friendship bands etc. In doing so, she would get her friends and acquaintances to help buy them.

When the Foundation did some training in the north, we got to know of this and thus began to help the teacher and her students to spread the news and market whatever products were made. Some Thai representatives had the opportunity to attend a meeting in Perth, and as a result, this story was retold and a group of Australian ladies decided to  do something special for these girls.Firstly they bought the products that were made by this group of girls and then.. they went out and bought some packets of sanitary pads to be given to these girls!

I had taken a photo of these Aussie ladies with the sanitary pads that they bought, but unfortunately, due to computer breakdown, it was lost. However, I was able to dig up a photo of these wonderful and creative ladies amongst the files. These sanitary pads were then handed over to the girls in Chiangrai, who certainly received them with gladness.

I hope that this story warms your hearts as it has mine, knowing that though minuscule in the eyes of a business world, little kind acts of love goes a long way to encourage the heart.

We certainly welcome any feedback that can help us in our outreach to the needy.

 

Best regards

Vena Lung

 
Buying the Tribal Handicrafts
Buying the Tribal Handicrafts
The grateful receipents of the sanitary pads
The grateful receipents of the sanitary pads
Apr 10, 2015

Love Knits Us Together

Some Winter Caps knitted Jackie
Some Winter Caps knitted Jackie's Volunteers

Love Knits Us Together

When the call for help to knit winter caps was sent out to friends, supporters and volunteers of the Foundation, the response seemed to be slow in the beginning. But as time past the momentum picked up when, by word of mouth, the news began to spread, not only in Thailand, but to countries in Asia like Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei,etc to the Pacific like Australia, New Zealand, then across the globe to the African continent, and the United Kingdom.

One person who responded was Jackie from Scotland. Together with her friends and a group of ladies back home and even her grandmother as well, she got them to knit Winter Caps for the needy children and adults. When all were done, Jackie sent the packages over to Thailand.. all nicely wrapped.

Together with hundreds of volunteer knitters, this concerted effort was a show of love and concern for those needy who were to face the cold weather, especially in the mountainous areas in Thailand, where temperature may drop to near 0 degrees celcius or less. 

When time came for Jackie's knitted caps to be distributed, these were sent to the the highlands of northern Thailand. The beneficienries were the hill tribe toddlers, children and family members that were underprivileged and risked illnesses related to cold weather. The toddler from the Yao Tribe was one of those who received this knitted gift of love, who was kept warmed in the cold and

The Foundation is extremely grateful for the all the effort put in, in taking the time and the energy to knit, not just 1 but 3,500 Winter Caps, to pack them and to mail them to Thailand from all corners of the world, and not only that, for all volunteers who made the trips to the remote areas of the mountains to personally distribute these caps to the needy there, thus bringing much joy, as can be seen in the photographs attached.

We certainly welcome any feedback that can help us in our outreach to the needy.

 

Best regards

Vena Lung

Jackie
Jackie's grandma in her 90s, one of the knitters
The Hills of Baan Huay Kaew, Chiangrai
The Hills of Baan Huay Kaew, Chiangrai
The toddler who benefited from Jackie
The toddler who benefited from Jackie's mission
Jan 12, 2015

Training Leaders For the Future

Boom talking with some campers in her care
Boom talking with some campers in her care

Training Leaders For the Future

 The future of the Nation is in the hands of the Children and Youths of today. The Foundation for Life strongly believes that we need to nuture the young people of today so that they will have inner strength and character to help them make good and right decisions in the days to come, that they will consider the needs of the majority, rather than just short term and selfish gains.

Therefore the Foundaiton organizes annual leadership camps, intentionally, with the purpose of developing our Thai Children and Youths in leadership and life skills, in the enviornment of love and acceptance. Topics taught in Because we understand the importance of mentoring girls and boys by being living examples to them, 3 separate camps are set up for this purpose: one for elementary school girls, one for high school girls and another for the boys.

This year, the Theme of the Leadership Camps is, "Teens in Jeans"... meaning that as a Leader, our trainees are to have the energies like the Teens, who are willing to go to any length to work for the community  - hence being in Jeans, which is an attire for "roughing it out".

Boom, age 24 years (a volunteer leader who has been to our leadership camps since she was in Grade 4) says, " I feel so honored that I have been entrusted with the responsibility of being the camp commandant of this leadership camp for the elementary girls. I will have been through these camps and  learnt so many things that has helped me in my life, and am glad to be able to pass on these precious lessons to the next generation of young leaders!"

" I find these leadership camps so fun and I make lots of new friends while I am here. The station games are so challenging and help us all to work as a team!" Tam Fha says.

 Bee, a young and budding leader says of his mentor, " I really do look up to teacher Berm.. he is my hero!"

 When it came to the end of the camps, the young trainees were filled with hope and encouragement, to go out and enrich others, just as they had been enriched by their experiences in the camps. Our Volunteer mentors congratulated all trainees in a simple yet touching ceremony to encourgae them on their way.

All these would not have been possible without your love and support. We wish to thank all donors and welcome any feedback to better our services to those we serve.

Have a Happy New Year and may you fulfil the desires of your heart!

Yours Sincerely

Vena

Tam Fha with her new friends
Tam Fha with her new friends
Bee with his mentor, Berm
Bee with his mentor, Berm
An enviornment of love and acceptance
An enviornment of love and acceptance
Teamwork and looking out for each other
Teamwork and looking out for each other
Young Leaders learn Lifeskills
Young Leaders learn Lifeskills
Trainers congratulate young leaders
Trainers congratulate young leaders

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