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 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
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

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