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 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
Sep 14, 2011

Floods are Early this year & Winter will be Cold

The classrooms in water
The classrooms in water

The rainy season in Thailand is known to be from mid-May to October each year, but this year the flooding came very early in the months of March to the southern provinces including the tourist island of Kok Samui. At least 730,000 rai of agricultural lands have been submerged in water, and areas that experienced flash floods included the Nakhon Si Thammarat province, with about 1,000 people in four villages who were completely cut off from rescuers.

Since commencing the "Blanket them With Love" Project, the Foundation has been closely following the news on the Flooding situation in Thailand.

The Foundation was able to contact a small village school in Nakhon Si Thammarat that was under about 1 metre of water, and suffered massive destruction to their educational equipment. An urgent call for donation of clothings, blankets, school books, stationery, other educational materials and even some daily neccessities were made, collected and packed.

When the floods subsided and repair works started, nearly 50 boxes of love gifts were sent to the needy school.

It would seem that the country will have no respite from the tropical storms and floods, as the National Disaster Warning Centre on Friday (Sep 9) issued a warning for people in the Northeast and East to prepare for widespread scattered rain with heavy falls in some areas and the danger of floods and landslides from today to Sept 12.People living near hillsides and waterways in Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Roi-Et, Yasothorn, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Amnatcharoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Chanthaburi and Trat were warned to prepare for heavy rain, flash flooding and landslides, the centre warned.

We thank all Donors for your kind donation, and your heart of love. We in the Foundation would willingly be your hands and feet, to bring your heart (of Love) to those in need.  Any suggestions and feedbacks are most welcomed. Cheerio till the next update!!

The Choosin School flooded with water
The Choosin School flooded with water
The aftermath of the destructive flood
The aftermath of the destructive flood
Effects of flooding in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Effects of flooding in Nakhon Si Thammarat

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