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
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
Jan 2, 2015

A Knit in Time Keeps Them Warm and Fine!

Mom and Toddler with Distinct Haircut
Mom and Toddler with Distinct Haircut

A Knit in Time Keeps Them Warm and Fine!

As the Wintry months descend in Thailand, even Bangkok (the Capital City) that is hardly cool at all, was beginning to feel the cold. Temperatures in the Highlands of Thailand were dropping rapidly and many areas in the mountains had frost on the plants, and some even went down to -5 degress Centigrade, which was very exceptional indeed.

The Foundation for Life, which was preparing for this cold weather was glad to be of help to thousands as the Winter Caps (some nearly 3,000 of them) knitted with love from Volunteers round the world, began to be distributed amongst those needy.

The first point of distribution was to the Refugee Camp along the Burmese border. In the village where children did not have a chance to go to a proper school and where parents are too poor to provide for anything more than the bare necessities. 

The children and their  parents were delighted when our Volunteers went to thier village to give out the Winter Hats and some snacks, 

Said a Mother carrying a toddler with a distinct hair-cut, " Thank you so much for your kindness to keep our children warm and fine in this cold season"

2 little boys, who speak little thai, could only gesture their delight as they wore their new winter hats, as our photographer took their pictures.

Another little boy grinned as he tried to say, " I love my blue cap" 

Meanwhile, boxes filled with the Winter Hats were finding their way to other parts of the country, especially to the North and the North-Eastern parts of  Thailand. 

Infact at this moment these gifts of Warmth and Love are being distributed by Volunteers who travel to these areas and contacting the local villagers... we expect more photos to arrive in days to come.... 

Thanks to all Global Giving partners who have sacrificed so that others might be blessed!

May this New Year of 2015 bring you many blessings too!

Any feedback to better our services to the needy here is most welcomed.

Yours faithfully,

Vena Lung

2 little delighted and happy boys
2 little delighted and happy boys
I love my Blue Cap!
I love my Blue Cap!
Children streaming out to see Visitors with gifts
Children streaming out to see Visitors with gifts
Boxes being sent to different parts of Thailand
Boxes being sent to different parts of Thailand
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

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