Knitting a World Wide Tapestry of Love
When there was a global call to friends and supporters to help knit winter caps or scarfs for the needy in Thailand, at an International Conference in Perth (July 2014), a number of the volunteers, began knitting away during their spare time, . By the end of the conference, within a short span of 1 week, around 50 caps were knitted and together with another local volunteer group, 200 winter caps were collected for our Thai Volunteers to bring home.
In conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of The Girls' Brigade and The Young Men's Brigade, The Foundation for Life who is also celebrating her 10th Anniversary, sent out a call for help under the Blanket Them With Love Project. A number of 2,000 Winter Caps were targeted as a community outreach to show our care and concern for the underprivilidged in Thailand.
To date, volunteers cosisting of housewives, students, employees including people from all walks of life have already "knitted their tapestry of love" and are beginning to send them to us.
Below are some of the emails that they have sent:
"Hi We met in Perth. At that time I asked if I could request the help of friends and colleagues in New Zealand to knit beanies for your project. I am pleased to let you know that I had a great response and I now have 80 beanies to send to you.From: Lorna Child (New Zealand)"
"HiLet me share how this Project has been such a blessing to my church. We have about 200 knitters & more signing up every Sunday. We did a workshop for about 20 + people & we are doing another workshop in Oct! From Sally Chew (Singapore)"
"Hi Vena,I have finished 15 caps and they are wrapped and headed for Thailand.... so it might still be 10 or so days before you get it. I have also included 6 small koala toys. Let me know when the parcel arrives. If I can get more made I will ..... From Jenny McWilliam (Melbourne, Australia)"
As of now, the Foundation has collected 637 winter caps. It just looks like with the concerted efforts of volunteers from around the world, the goal of reaching 2,000 caps is beginning to look very possible!
The Foundation would like to thank all Volunteers and Supporters who have been journeying with us all these years and welcome any feedback that would help us better our service to the community and the needy!
A pleasant surprise that knocked their socks off !
It all began because a donor visited the children during the wintry months, and noticed that the kids did not have socks to wear or that they were filled with holes. The lady's 5 year-old son. then took off his socks and gave it to the little toddler, who gratefully wore it, though walking was a little awkward for it was slightly oversized.
As a result of that visit, this particular family decided that they wanted donate socks to the children, so the Foundation's volunteers who were the hilltribe leaders, surveyed the neighbouring village school and fedback to the Foundation on the sizes and types of scoks that were needed. When they new school term started, 250 brand new pairs of socks were sent up to the hills in the north, so that the children would have nice socks for school.
Marc, our volunteer said, " The parents are grateful for this gift, as it helps to reduce thier expenses, especially at the start of a new school year, as the costs of uniforms accessories, take up a large portion of their meagre income, as most of them are poor hilltribe farmers"
"Yeah! I have new socks! Thank you" , exclaimed A, as he received his pair or socks.
Certainly this was a pleasant surprise that knocked the "socks" off these kids, when they received their gift of socks.
Thanks to all donors who in one way or another, has had an influence on all the projects that our Foundation attempts, that will assist the underprivileged to learn to be self-sufficient.
Should you have any suggestions that will aid us to improve our services to those we serve, we would be so happy to receive any feedback.
Many thanks to all nad best regards!
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.
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