We wish to thank everyone who continues to support our project. Our need for rice is ongoing, as rice is the everyday staple we use to feed the students in our 23 kindergartens. Plus we provide meals daily to our own children (we have 200 orphans who live as our family in Mercy Centre) and our poorest neighbors in the slums. In total, we serve well over 3,000 meals every day...over one million meals every year.
In the past month, fires struck two nearby neighborhoods. One fire, in the Rom Klao neighborhood of Klong Toey, left over 400 residents without shelter. We have been providing breakfast and dinner to the victims of the recent fires, thus increasing our need for rice and other food staples.(In addition, we are also helping these slum residents to organize and rebuild their homes.)
We never turn away a child in need; we never say no to a family or indigent adult who comes to our Mercy Centre hungry. Your gifts earmarked for our rice project remain essential to all our ongoing programs, including the operation of schools, orphanages, HIV/AIDS homecare support, and various community services.
We do not define our foundation as a provider of food and nourishment. But it is essential to everything we are doing, especially in the following programs:
Twenty-three slum kindergartens
Homes for abandoned, orphaned and abused children
Emergencies in the slums (fires, floods, families in crisis)
We appreciate every donation in rice that you are able to provide. Rice is what keeps our chldren growing and our students learning and our patients improving. Thanks again for your support. We have not yet made achieved our goal in this project and the need for rice is never-ending. But that is the nature of helping the poorest of the poor. Your support makes a great difference and allows us to expand our reach among our poorest neighbors in the slums.
Please visit our Mercy Centre whenever you are in Bangkok. You are always welcome and always a part of our Mercy family.
Every day, we serve over 3,000 lunches in our kindergartens throughout the slums of Bangkok. For many of these chidlren, a school lunch is their only nutritious meal of the day. We realize this project is not an "emergency." On the surface, it doesn't save lives or solve entrenched problems of poverty. But it does give poor children the strength to learn in our schools and develop as normal children. We have not yet reached our goal at GlobalGiving, as stated in this project: our goal is modest but our ongoing needs are great. We appreciate every grain of rice our friends from around the world are able to provide. Thank you so much for your support!
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