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 10, 2012

The 2012 Raining Season has arrived

Yom River banks overflow in Sukkhothai
Yom River banks overflow in Sukkhothai

Eversince the devastation of the 2011 Floods in Thailand, the country has been on the alert for further flooding this year. The Government has spent billions repairing and improving infrastructures for flood prevention. Corporations that had their factories submerged in the flood waters have made preparations on flood prevention measures, in coorperation with the government.

Yet inspite of all these, when the rainy season started in July, and with the incoming tropical storms, the rivers started to swell and northern provinces experience flash floods, some lasting slightly more than 2 weeks, affecting businesses, schools and homes.

The lastest on the flood situation in Thailand is as follows: 15 provinces has already experienced the floods at present (24 September 2012), affecting 70,818 homes and 214,220 people.

On 24 Sep, we got news from our volunteer in Phisanuloke province, that the district of Bang Rakam is experiencing flooding. This is  district is situated in the lowlands along the River Yom, and it receives water from the Sukothai province. Every year the Sukothai province will experience floods at least for 2 months of the year, and the Bang rakam province will thus be affected as well.

As a result the Foundation will be getting our volunteer there to survey the damages experienced by the families and to see what help is needed for them there.

4 October: Our volunteer had to go to the flooded area and interview the situation amidst transportation difficulties, buy and bring the food supplies right up to the doorsteps of those who were affected. She interviewed and gave out life-paks to 31 families who needed it most, and these victims voiced their heartfelt gratitude, as assistance came in timely, since most of them were daily waged employees who live from hand to mouth and the flood had affected their jobs as well.

Meanwhile, the Foundation has been on the lookout for those victims whom we have helped last year. The floodwaters are flowing southwards, nearing those who had been affected. We will be on the alert and will be watching out, ready to give assistance when needed.

The Foundation is grateful to all donors who have sacrificed your earnings, so as to help the less fortunate, who are unable to get out of the poverty cycle without outside help. We also welcome any feedback or comments that will enable us to better our services to those in need.

With sincere thanks.... from the Thai people

Flood in Prachinburi, 24 Sep 2012
Flood in Prachinburi, 24 Sep 2012
Villagersaffected by the floods, Sep-Oct 2012
Villagersaffected by the floods, Sep-Oct 2012
Home alone elderly receives help during the flood
Home alone elderly receives help during the flood
Flooded village that was assisted
Flooded village that was assisted
Shelters away from home
Shelters away from home
Jul 26, 2012

Enabling Volunteers to Counsel Youths on Sexuality

Listening attentively and Reflecting deeply
Listening attentively and Reflecting deeply

Enabling Volunteers to Counsel Youths on Sexuality

As the vital focus of the mission of the Project "Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths" is to help young people reach their fullest potentials, it was imperative that we train all who have a part to play in their nurturing and growth. Therefore the Foundation saw fit to organize the seminar on "Sexuality: Have We Crossed the Lines?" by inviting experts in this area, to help volunteers and parents understand and counsel children and youths on matters pertaining to their sexuality, so that they know who they are, their self-worth and their roles in society.

This was conducted on 24 – 25 March at the King Park Avenue Hotel, Bangkok, and saw around 120 participants in attendance. The trainers led and facilitated lively discussions and shared openly about the challenges that each face in the journey of life.

"In all my 30 years of attending seminars and conferences, I have never been so touched and deeply impressed by the speakers in this seminar," said Mrs Weena, a mother and volunteer.

"What an eye-opener for me! I have never heard first-hand the struggles that people had on this topic", Mr Nui said

"I now know better how to counsel the young people on this topic, and see their points of view" said Rudy, who also works with poor families in northern Thailand.

The Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all donors for your love and encouragement which goes a long way in aiding a sustainable growth for the underprivileged. Any feedback to help us improve our outreach to the needy will be much appreciated.

One among the team of speakers
One among the team of speakers
Participants in the Seminar
Participants in the Seminar
Lively Discussion
Lively Discussion
Jul 9, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Assisting a family affected by the floods
Assisting a family affected by the floods

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:

As I was driven around the neighborhood where Foundation For Life responded to the floodings in 2011, Vena explained that they went where they received calls for help. A majority of this happened near the river. The flooding lasted 2-3 weeks in cenral Bangkok and FFL responded to areas that were not receiving supplies and support with volunteers providing emergency survival packs, food, water, blankets, and diapers because parents of young children began to request them. Vena, the project leader, explained: “imagine rubbish and dead dogs floating to your home in stagnant water for weeks.” Not only this but many people were dying from electrocution since many downed power lines and outlets, that were not turned off, were exposed to unknowning people wading through the waters. 

Another Founation For Life staff explained that the waters rose in 30 minutes. When it began to flood, one volunteer from Foundation for Life called for help. The water rose to flood the entire first floor so the large family had to all move upstairs – where they stayed for 2 weeks.  When I arrived with Foundation for Life staff, the mother started crying. The whole event was so traumatizing for her and her family both emotionally and physically because both her and her husband had strokes before the flood. Foundation For Life returns frequently to check on the family. When leaving, we were thanked continuously by the family.

You can still see the lines of where the flood waters rose and stayed. At a workshop I hosted, I saw someone knitting something. This would be one of the hats that would be distributed to children in the north and perhaps In future floods. Volunteers knitting hats and blankets for the oncoming cold season as well as for future disaster. 

Remnants of the flood - damaged door
Remnants of the flood - damaged door

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