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
Nov 4, 2011

Latest Updates of Floods in Thailand (3 Nov 2011)

Cars parked on Motorways to escape from the floods
Cars parked on Motorways to escape from the floods

Updates on the Situation of Thailand Floods (3 Nov, 20 11)

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is now in a critical situation. From a previous expectation that the authorities could save the inner city, NOW, it has been made known that all 50 districts in Bangkok will be flooded.

The data that we have for today (3 Nov) is:

437 dead, 2 missing, with 63 provinces inundated, 3 million families and nearly 10 million people affected.

The huge amount of water that had been in the north of Bangkok for the last 2 weeks has moved southward, and has infiltrated the main roads and streets, causing bad traffic and eventually no traffic, as even huge army trucks are unable to pass through.

For now, the Mayor of Bangkok has warned residents in the Lardprao district to be on high alert. When the water reaches this area, many businesses would definitely be affected, especially if the flood gets high.

We went out to survey in areas where near us, including the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Cars were parked along the motorways to escape the coming floodwaters and gigantic sandbags weighing about 2 tons, lined the road. Meanwhile eggs are scarce and sold for as high as 10 bahts each (where it used to be about 2 to 3 bahts each). Bottled water is no longer available in mini-marts, even in bigger supermarkets like the Tesco Lotus near us!

The Foundation for Life called for urgent help from volunteers via social media, to come to help cook and pack food for evacuees who were at the Chulalongkong University. Some 25 volunteers came to help. By noon the food was ready and volunteers went to deliver the food to the Evacuation Centre. Following that, the group joined hundreds of other volunteers in packing some more food, emergency life-packs, as well as in producing the portable toilet.

It was a tiring day but we all felt that it was good experience. Nut said, “ It was good to have been able to help in the packing as a group, otherwise it would have taken ages to pack the one thousand sets that we did today."

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

Many thanks.

Yummy Garlic fried chicken
Yummy Garlic fried chicken
Many hands make light work
Many hands make light work
Letting the rice cool to prevent spoilage
Letting the rice cool to prevent spoilage
Some hardwork
Some hardwork
Putting in big bags
Putting in big bags
Sandbag barriers about 2m high built by shops
Sandbag barriers about 2m high built by shops
Packing emergency life-packs
Packing emergency life-packs
More packing of food
More packing of food
Volunteer filing the portable toilet
Volunteer filing the portable toilet
Fixing toiletry package under the chair
Fixing toiletry package under the chair
Sanding the toilet hole
Sanding the toilet hole
Portable Toilet ready to Go!
Portable Toilet ready to Go!
Eggs are scarce
Eggs are scarce

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Oct 31, 2011

News of present Situation in Thailand

Dear Donors and Supporters of the “Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths” Project,

 I would like to sincerely thank you for your previous donations through GlobalGiving for our Project. Indeed you are one of the elite few who see the value of the phrase “Better to teach a child how to fish than to give him a fish”, because the consistent training of a child, builds character and self-leadership.

 I would like to give you a special update of what has been happening in Thailand since our last report.

As you may already have known, Thailand is facing its worst floods in 50 Years. This year the floods came early in March and devastated several southern provinces. By July, floods started to affect the northern provinces and as the dams started to fill and water had to be released, the provinces below, started to be severely affected.

As a result, 63 of the 76 provinces experience flooding, with Ayuthaya, Nayok Sawan and Loburi being the worst hit. 6 industrial estates have been been submerged, some are about 3 metres underwater, with more than 14,000 factories destroyed.

The central plains of Thailand, also known as the Rice Basin, has lost 10 million rais of farmland. Where once rice fields used to be, is now a vast, enormous lake, some as deep as 5 metres!

3 million families or nearly 10 million people are left homeless, with 381 deaths to date.

It is difficult to estimate the exact cost in 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.

This has resulted in cut-off of food 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.

Our Organisation had planned to run 3 Annual Leadership Camps in mid October, but due to the menacing advance of the enormous run-off from the north, we had to cancel the event 5 days prior to the camps as parents were beginning to be worried. As the waters travel into the capital city of Bangkok, the Thai government had to announce that the school term has to be delayed for about 3 weeks, as travel becomes almost impossible in flooded areas, and is becoming more and more widespread.

It is at these times of difficulties that the fruits of our efforts to train those under our care, manifests itself. As the saying goes, it is in a crisis that it shows what we are made of. As families face floods head-on or prepare for the onslaught, we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor. We hear of how our young leaders willingly help with the relief work that is near their homes and sacrificing their comfort zones for the sake of others in their community, by packing and transporting sandbags (a strenuous job) so as to strengthen neighbourhood dikes, and eagerly volunteer to help prepare and deliver meals for evacuees.

Due to the floods there has been much obstacles in reaching our children and youths, but once the situation improves, we will definitely seek them out to ensure that they are safe and will try to provide for their immediate needs, so that they can be given the care that they need.

Your help in advocating for our work would mean that the children and youths 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 again for taking the time to read this email.

With gratitude,

Vena Lung

 You may view the gravity of this year’s disaster on the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itnsMke4X1M&feature=email

PS: We will try to update on the Global Giving website, as long as our office can operate. According to the Thai government, most grounds in the capital city of Bangkok are  expected to flood, especially in these 2 days.

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

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