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 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
Jul 7, 2014

A pleasant surprise that knocked their socks off !

Try my socks for size
Try my socks for size

A pleasant surprise that knocked their socks off !

It all began because a donor visited the children during the wintry months, and noticed that the kids did not have socks to wear or that they were filled with holes. The lady's 5 year-old son. then took off his socks and gave it to the little toddler, who gratefully wore it, though walking was a little awkward for it was slightly oversized.

As a result of that visit, this particular family decided that they wanted donate socks to the children, so the Foundation's volunteers who were the hilltribe leaders, surveyed the neighbouring village school and fedback to the Foundation on the sizes and types of scoks that were needed. When they new school term started, 250 brand new pairs of socks were sent up to the hills in the north, so that the children would have nice socks for school.

Marc, our volunteer said, " The parents are grateful for this gift, as it helps to reduce thier expenses, especially at the start of a new school year, as the costs of uniforms accessories, take up a large portion of their meagre income, as most of them are poor hilltribe farmers"

"Yeah! I have new socks! Thank you" , exclaimed A, as he received his pair or socks.

Certainly this was a pleasant surprise that knocked the "socks" off these kids, when they received their gift of socks.

Thanks to all donors who in one way or another, has had an influence on all the projects that our Foundation attempts, that will assist the underprivileged to learn to be self-sufficient.

Should you have any suggestions that will aid us to improve our services to those we serve, we would be so happy to receive any feedback.

Many thanks to all nad best regards!

Vena Lung

Marc comments that this gift helps the family
Marc comments that this gift helps the family
Thank you for the nice new socks!
Thank you for the nice new socks!
A Pleasant Surprise that Knocked Their Socks Off!
A Pleasant Surprise that Knocked Their Socks Off!

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