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 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
Apr 26, 2012

Part 2, Emergency Flood Relief Operations

Part 2, Emergency Flood Relief Operations

         At the height of the Flood in Bangkok, an urgent phone call came to our office for help. Our Volunteer, Staporn was on the other end of the line, and she sounded very anxious, as she related how the floodwater had filled her home overnight, as the family was sleeping. She was very worried for her parents, both of whom had stroke and were not able to move with ease (especially her dad, who was wheelchair bound). The sales of food and water was also in shortage, and medication was scarce.

With this call for help, the Foundation for Life decided to once again round up volunteers to cook, pack and deliver food, water, medication, portable toilets etc. to this volunteer and those who live in her neighbourhood.

Again we have a video clip of the Emergency Flood Relief Operations for your viewing, as it would show you what it was like at that time. Kindly link to the following website below:

http://youtu.be/B2dgN4Tc7Dc

Your help in advocating for our work would mean that the Thai people get the help that they need. Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

 With gratitude,

 Vena Lung

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Apr 26, 2012

Being S.M.A.R.T. comes with a Prize!

Start of the 6-slot SMART house savings
Start of the 6-slot SMART house savings

Being S.M.A.R.T. comes with a Prize

                As was reported before, Foundation for Life's philosophy to "Teach a Child How to Fish" rather than just to give them a fish every day, is the reason why the Organization persists on training our younger generation with skills, a mindset of integrity and tenacity, together with self-discipline, so that they may be able to overcome the difficult times in their lives and to eventually be of assistance to others in their families and communities.

                An evolving curriculum on Financial Intelligence was written and re-adjusted over the years, resulting in the S.M.A.R.T. (Stewardship of Money and Responsibility towards Treasures) Scheme which was launched in 2009, as a pilot project for the children and youths. By 2011, when the S.M.A.R.T. Scheme was officially launched, this curriculum was circulated and taught to around 2,000 children, youths and even adults.

In order to motivate the children and youths, a Contest to decorate the specially created, 6-slot cardboard S.M.A.R.T. House was put in place, with very attractive monetary prizes to be won!

By March, the results for this National Competition was announced and the proud winners attended the Prize-Giving Ceremony with much pride and satisfaction.

The Foundation is grateful to all donors and supporters for their generous giving, that has empowered Thai kids with tools to overcome various obstacles in their lives. Any feedback, response and advice that will enhance our outreach to youths, is most welcome!

SMART Scheme taught in National Camps
SMART Scheme taught in National Camps
Design and Production of SMART House savings box
Design and Production of SMART House savings box
Girls decorating the SMART House in camp
Girls decorating the SMART House in camp
Some of the Round 1 winners of SMART House Contest
Some of the Round 1 winners of SMART House Contest
Teaching SMART Scheme to city adults
Teaching SMART Scheme to city adults
Teaching SMART Scheme to village adults
Teaching SMART Scheme to village adults
Winners of SMART Scheme Contest
Winners of SMART Scheme Contest

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