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
Jul 13, 2015

Empowering Young LeaderswithCharacter & Leadership

Young Leaders getting to know each other
Young Leaders getting to know each other

Empowering Young Leaders with Character & Leadership

Every alternate year, the Young Leaders (from all over the country) with the Foundation for Life would be challenged to lead a National Camp for around 200 campers. These young and budding leaders would be mostly in their early teens, and adult volunteers would be their mentors in the planning, organising and running of these camps.

In order for these Young Leaders to begin to talk and plan for this camp, they were gathered together for a Planning Retreat. In this retreat, they were taught on leadership skills, how be people of integrity and responsibility, because they will have to "look after" so many other lives while at the camp.

These Young Leaders also had a time to challenge themselves in a rock climbing activity, for which they had to overcome their fear of heights, stretch themselves physically to make it to the top of the wall, and to be able to trust the person who is holding on to the other end of the rope, to keep them safe.

Ice's our young leader for about 3 years said, "This rock climbing challenge has shown me that if I want to make it to the top, I have to endure the aches and pains and overcome my fears. The encouragement of my leaders and friends were what kept me going!"

"The climb up looked so difficult at first but as I made the climb up, I learnt that I have to just climb up one little stone at a time, and to take time to look around for the best little stone to step on. I learnt that difficult circumstances can be overcome, one little step at a time!", Aryck commented.

At the end of the retreat, our young leaders were glad to have come, and made committments to do their best to help in the preparation for the coming camp.

The Foundation for Life is grateful to all donors for your partnership in enabling our young people in Thailand to reach their highest potential in leadership. Any comments and feedback is  welcome, to help us better our reach to the future of our Nation.

Best regards,

Vena

Activities to help the Leaders to "gel"
Activities to help the Leaders to "gel"
Group Discussion
Group Discussion
Ice making her climb up
Ice making her climb up
Aryck : 1 stone at a time
Aryck : 1 stone at a time
Jul 8, 2015

Preparing Way Ahead of Time

Yarn types, color and sizes up for selection
Yarn types, color and sizes up for selection

Preparing Way Ahead of Time

Although it seemed to be yet many months before the start of the cold season in November - December, the Foundation has been preparing to engage volunteers and donors to assist in the knitting of the winter hats this year.

One morning, Tik (Manager of the Foundation) received an overseas call from Sarah of Singapore. A group of volunteers has decided to assist the Foundation by commencing knitting classes / workshops for interested persons, sometime in June. As a result, preparation for the purchase of the yarn and knitting needles were underway for the events.

The Foundation also sought the help of a local yarn firm, to sell us their less-than-perfect yarn at a reasonable price as a gesture to help the poor and the needy in Thailand.

There were lots of consultation that went on between the volunteers who were planning for the training workshops and our staff, to decide on the type, the color and the sizes of both the yarns and the knitting needles as well. These volunteers, some of whom were our overseas friends and supporters, requested some of the material to be sent over to their country so that they may use them for the workshops.

When finally all was decided, the yarn and knitting needles were then bought and a even sent overseas to our volunteers there.

The Foundation is extremely grateful for our friends, volunteers and supporters especially from Singapore, who had taken this project up, to bless the poor and needy in Thailand.

Any feedbacks /  comments and fresh ideas are most welcome, to help us improve our services to those who need it most!

Best Regards!

Vena

Getting ready the Yarn for Knitting
Getting ready the Yarn for Knitting
Yarn being packed to be sent to volunteers
Yarn being packed to be sent to volunteers
Getting ready for shipment ...
Getting ready for shipment ...
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

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