As with all charitable works, society tend to give to the needy who are faced with sudden disastrous situations and this is rightly so, as emergency supplies are needed for survival. However, after the dust settles, these needy persons are left to their own devices. The Foundation's philosophy is that people need to be taught self-sufficiency, and not be wholly dependent on outside sources of help, therefore, it is our mission to equipt them with appropriate life-skills, leadership enhancement and community-mindedness, so that they may 'survive' in the long run.
It starts with Giving ...
The Foundation co-operated with other like-minded organisation to present blankets to kids who had to be hopitalised in the government Children's Hospital in Bangkok. The children were delighted to be presented with gifts of toys and blankets, during their stay in the dreariness of hospital setting. The team that visited the children also performed songs and drama, with games for the children to brighten up their day.
.....and continues with Teaching
On another occasion, the Foundation sent volunteers to the Hilltribe living in Samerng Forest, where the Foundation used to distribute winter caps to them. We liased with the leaders there to gather those who would be interested to learn how to knit these winter caps, so that they may be able to make it for themselves and their families, so that before the wintry months arrive, they would be well prepared for the cold weather that usually hits these hilly areas.
A group of village housewives and young teens arrived at the centre, eager to learn the new skill. With the donated knitting needles and yarn provided by the Foundation, they spent the next 3 days learning and knitting from the morning till dusk, refusing to go home till they had completed what they came to achieve.
Chako was an enthusiatic learner, very quick to pick up the skill, and even went on to learn new and more complicated patterns. Finishing in half the time, she proudly wore the cap she made, saying,"Thank you, Foudation for Life, for teaching me how to knit. I can now put this new skill to good use !" (she hopes to be able to earn a little extra income to to help with the expenses of her ailing grand-dad)
The Foundation thanks all of you who have contributed to this little sucess story in the life of a hilltribe girl who now is equipped with the ablilty to "fish" for herself, instead of waiting for others to provide her with the "fish".
Any comments or feedback to help us improve our services to our clients are greatly appreciated.
Distributing the Warmth of Love
Throughout the year, the Foundation has helped to spread the news, letting as many people know about our projects, especially when it came to the second half of the year, when rains followed by the cold season pervades Thailand. At the same time, any well-wishers who wanted to donate warm clothings, especially for toddlers or the elderlies, began to assist the Foundation in slowly collecting these items so that when the need arises, we would be well prepared for the circumstances.
This year saw an unprecedented long and cold winter in Thailand. The capital city of Bangkok, which hardly experience any cool season, has had temperatures dropped to around 17 degrees Celsius or 62 degree Fahrenheit. That being the case, provinces north and north-east of the capital would definitely see a tremendous drop in the thermometer.
The Foundation bought, packed and sent blankets to the north-east provinces of Korat and Khon Kaen, as well as brought warm clothings and cuddly toys for the northern hill-tribes in Samerng, Chiangmai.
"Please thank all the donors for this wonderful blanket!" said 10 year-old Ploy (not real name)
.. and squeals of laughter could be heard amongst the toddlers in the nurseries, when presented with presents of cuddly toys and presents during this Christmas season...
The Foundation for Life wishes all donors a very Happy New Year of Peace and Prosperity and welcomes any comments and feedback.
Updates on Flood situation in Thailand
It is 23 September ....
and there has been reports in the past 2 weeks of Tropical Storms and Depressions in the areas affecting the South China Seas and as these storms pass by, it has been bringing lots of rain into the North, and North-eastern areas in Thailand.
The provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet and Prachin Buri provinces have been hit with landslides and flooding since Sept 18.
Everyone who has had experienced the horrors of the great flood in 2011, are anxiously preparing for any emergencies that may arise from either flash floods from the run off from the hills, or the overflowing of the banks of the major rivers.
There also has been news that the overflow from the Chao Phraya River on Sunday flooded communities on both banks in Muang and Sam Khok districts of Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, which saw some residents making preparations in the event of a disaster.
30 September ...
The Thai Meteorological Department has been warning of the Tropical Storm "Wutip", which was expected to bring in much rain and wet weather conditions to the North-east and Northern provinces. In fact one of our contacts in Phisanuloke has already reported of flood to a height of 1.5 metres near the banks of the Wangthong river.
Our contact volunteer who lives in Phisanuloke, has herself been affected by the floods in Wangthong for a week now. She related: "The waters came and increased to a height of 1.5metres. We have can only gain access to our house by a make-shift bridge. The mushrooms we were growing for extra income has been destroyed"
The Foundation sent emergency help to Saengchan and also aided the neighbouring families in the same dilemma with emergency foodpaks.
We are indeed grateful to all our donors for your sacrificial giving, without which we would not be able to help Saengchan so quickly in her time of need.
Any feedbacks and comments to better our services to the needy are most welcomed.
Bringing Joy and Warmth to All
Once the knitted caps and blankets were packed and transported to the areas where they were to be distributed, teams followed soon after to help with the distribution.
In Chiangrai, Hilltribe children who were studying on the lowlands waited expectantly for the blankets, when they knew that the Foundation has sent blankets for them, just before they went on their journey back up to their villages in the hills. All were beaming with joy when they received their brand new brightly coloured blankets, in time for the cold season.
The Foundation then made her way to Chiangmai, to the foothills of Samerng, met with another group of Hilltribe teens, who were celebrating together. As dusk came and the night grew colder, the teens and villagers were happy to recieve the winter knitted caps, to dorn on and bring home.
Within the next few days, volunteers travelled to meet some who were already there, to meet with students in the hills of Samerng. The team used the opportunity to interact with the kids and gave out the winter caps, which were received with much excitement and laughter. The team also visited homes of the hilltribe community and learnt about their life-style and about the cash crop, which they grow, which was strawberries, and how it was a poor and late crop this year.
It was a meanigful time of sharing and exchange for everyone involved.
Love and Concern Knits Us Together
The Foundation has always been on the lookout for opportunities to serve the poor and underpriviledged, and we are also aware that when the cold weather comes to Thailand, especially in the hilly areas, we will need to quickly mobilise ourselves to meet the needs of the suffering. Thailand being in the tropics, is generally hot or rainy in its weather, therefore when the temperature drops, most are ill-prepared for it, especially the poor who live from hand to mouth.
As a result, the Foundation decided to embark on a pilot project (in June) to robe in Volunteers to help with knitting woollen caps, in preparation for the coming winter (December till February). The target was to 600 knitted caps for the needy.
Once the project was launched, volunteers started to even make homemade knitting needles from chopsticks, while the Foundation sourced for yarn, via either donations or sales. A core group of about 5 Volunteers soon spread to include others, some are employees of companies, some kidney dialysis patients, some students and even housewives.
Slowly, the number of knitted caps increased from 50 till 100 till in the end we reached our goal of 600 caps , plus a few extras! This pilot project gave everyone a sense of unity and achievement, and truly knitted all of us, the giver and the receiver, in love and concern or each other.
Thank you for being a part of this tapestry of goodwill and love to those in need!
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