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 26, 2011

Updates on Situation of Bangkok Floods (26 Oct 11)

Forecast by experts of the levels of flooding
Forecast by experts of the levels of flooding

Lastest Upates (26 Oct):

The capital of Bangkok has already started flooding in the northern areas and many housing estates are underwater.

Even the Evacuation Centres have been inundated with water, as the floodwaters travel down from the north, causing thousands of evacuees to be relocated AGAIN (in the last 2 days) to drier grounds. The fear is that there may be no more dry grounds available before long, for relief work to be carried out, especially in the capital city (the hub for governance, commerce and transport). Even hospitals are starting to move patients to hospitals in Hua Hin (about 150 km from Bangkok) and north-eastern regions (about 500km)

Volunteers are now victims themselves, help is reduced as transport and food supplies are hindered.

AS filthy flood waters infiltrate the canals that carry drinking water, there have been reports of yellowish tap water with smells in certain areas in Bangkok. There were also rumors of household water supply being cut, though the authorities have reassured that water supply will continue despite the floods.

Mayor of Bangkok said that City Hall can no longer strengthen the embankments stretching more than 86km along the river banks as it will take more than 10 million sandbags in a limited period to do the job!

As a result, 27-31 Oct  has been declared Public Holidays, when the tide would be highest and residents were advised in a televised announcement by the Prime Minister, to leave for upcountry provinces, so as to reduce the load in the capital.

Yesterday heavy and widespread downpours were seen over Bangkok, causing increase flooding, even hailstones and electricity cut-offs in some inner city areas.

Transportation Routes: 77 main highways , 200 rural roads are not passable and all the north-bound railway routes are still cancelled.

To date: 373 deaths

 On the grassroot level, households are franctically trying all ways to protect their homes from the floodwaters, by lifting equipment to higher levels,  getting plastic wrappings to protect their electrical appliances, sealing their doors and drainage pipes from the infiltrating floodwaters, whereas flooded victms wait for help, and uncertain if they should leave their homes or hope for  floodwaters to recede quickly.

 Your help in advocating for our relief work would mean that people get the help that they need. 

Many thanks.

Only safe high grounds are flyovers for cars
Only safe high grounds are flyovers for cars
Dusit Zoo evacuates endangered animals
Dusit Zoo evacuates endangered animals
Rubbish float in Wat Rangsit, Prathumthani
Rubbish float in Wat Rangsit, Prathumthani
Flooded Housing Estates
Flooded Housing Estates
All manner of lives affected
All manner of lives affected
Oct 20, 2011

Thailand's Worst Floods in 50 Years!

Registering volunteers and donated items
Registering volunteers and donated items
Update of Floods in Thailand - 18 October 2011
Yesterday our staff and volunteers went to help the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to pack sandbags. The Foundation also donated raffia strings, drinks and other items for the relief work.
The Mayor had called for help from the residents of Bangkok to help pack 1,200,000 sandbags to increase the height of the water barrier along the Khlong Hok Wa from 2.50 m. to 3.00 m.  It was an enormous task and the work went on round the clock.

At the moment, 27 provinces  experience flooding, with Ayuthaya, Nayok Sawan and Loburi being the worst hit. The flood waters from the north aggregate in Nakhon Sawan and flow southwards towards the lowlands and the gulf. On the way, the waters flood areas like Prathumthani, which is just north of Bangkok, and the area is increasing by the second.
 
5 industrial estates have been been submerged, some are about 3 metres underwater, with about 14,000 factories destroyed, 660,000 workers affected and an estimated loss of 1.5 billion Thai Bahts.
 
The central plains of Thailand, also known as the Rice Basin, has lost 1 million rais of farmland. Where once rice fields used to be, is now a vast, enormous lake, some as deep as 5 metres!
2.8 miliion families or 8.9 millions people are left homeless.
317 deaths to date
The government estimates a total loss of 2.3 billion bahts, which includes personal properties and farmlands destroyed.
It is difficult to estimate the exact numbers as the situation is truly 'fluid' and water barriers leak or are broken even as i write this email, and people have to flee their lives in the middle of the night.

Transportation Routes:
75 main highways, 192 rural roads are flooded and cannot be passed, and all the north-bound railway routes are cancelled.
 
This has resulted in cut-off of supplies coming to Bangkok and the flooded areas. Because of the shortage, prices are increasing, eg vegetables and sandbags have increased up to 300%! And there has been numerous thefts of flooded homes, thus victims are double victimized.
 
Your help in advocating for our relief work would mean that people get the help that they need. 
Many thanks.
Volunteers form lines to transfer sandbags
Volunteers form lines to transfer sandbags
Transfering sandbags to trucks
Transfering sandbags to trucks
Volunteers prepare part of the 1,200,000 sandbags
Volunteers prepare part of the 1,200,000 sandbags
Belongings destroyed
Belongings destroyed
Cars submerged
Cars submerged
Public transport halted
Public transport halted
Historical sites invaded by floodwaters
Historical sites invaded by floodwaters
Sep 14, 2011

Imparting Skills to a Young Generation of Leaders

Learning and Planning
Learning and Planning

During the Summer Holidays, a group of about 50 young, energetic and enthusiatic leaders gathered at the Nong Bon Water Sports Centre for a planning retreat 29-30 April, 2011). They came from Bangkok and the upcountry like Chonburi, Khon Kaen and even Chiangrai.

Their task was to plan for 2 Nationals Camps :one for the girls and another for the boys, at the campsites in the southern province of Prachuab Khirikhan. These young lives have had various opportunities and trainings as young leaders in the past, and thus were quick to gel as a group, so as to plan for activities that were fun, build teamwork, and instill good moral values.

After a whole day of planning, learning the techniques of a good camp coounsellor and even producing an invitation video, these leaders were treated to a movie at night.

The next day, they were up early, to prepare for a full day of water sport activities, being trained by the coaches in the Water Sport Centre. They had tries in sailing the dinghy, kayaking and wind surfing. It was a physically tiring day for all, but rewarding and funfilled.

Mana said, " At last I can sail and control my boat!", while Mike sun-tanned and exhausted, smiled proudly at his efforts to steer his wind surf back to shore.

As the young leaders bade each other farewell, they were also looking forward to meeting soon, as each went back to his / her hometown, with a piece of duty assigned to them, for the coming  National Camp in July.

This is Cool!
This is Cool!
Ready to sail away!
Ready to sail away!
Small groups planning for different activities
Small groups planning for different activities
Surfing is tiring but really rewarding
Surfing is tiring but really rewarding
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