The Foundation contributed sports equipment, gifts and daily necessities to the Yannawa District Office in celebration of the Children’s Day for the year 2010, on 9 January that was given to the Wat Dok Mai School so that students have the opportunity to express themselves, developing them in areas of the physical, emotions, social and wisdom.
The Foundation gave Educational equipment, books, stationery to the underprivileged children in the district of Lardprao, through partnership with the Baan Prachrit Foundation, including teaching materials that were beneficial to the development of the children in that area
Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our projects throughout Southeast Asia. On February 6th he visited a Foundation for Life weekend session for Thai youths in Samut Songkhram.
As I discuss in a recent blog post (http://blog.globalgiving.org/2010/02/06/a-tougher-sell/), Vena and Somkid of Foundation for Life have a tough task to attract donors to their project. The youths they work with aren’t necessarily orphans, sick or poor. They aren’t providing urgent care for the least advantaged. But their aim is no less noble: They seek to equip the next generation in Thailand with the leadership skills and commitment to service that are so important to a well functioning society. They do so through periodic camps, for which the teens themselves determine the activities, and youth centers throughout the country, which bring together talented individuals from across society.
It was to the weekend session of one of these centers, a couple hours outside Bangkok, that I recently visited with Vena and Somkid. The kids get lessons to supplement their schoolwork, and also in leadership, responsibility and other interesting skills. For attending they get vouchers toward future rewards. This particular weekend, a professional futsal player was scheduled to come to do some training with the kids. He had to cancel at the last moment, and the kids were stuck with a decidedly unprofessional American soccer player, yours truly, to run them through some drills. We capped it off with a fun scrimmage, during which I, of course, as keeper let in the only goal for the other team.
At the end of the activity time a few of the boys went to get drinks from a local vendor and were subsequently late coming back to the classroom. Somkid gave the class a lecture on responsibility and punctuality. The boys had to sing a song to apologize to the others. Finally, the group discussed whether they thought the boys should get their attendance vouchers for the day. They decided they shouldn’t since they were not in attendance the whole time. One could see how these lessons at a young age, along with the support of their peers and the Foundation, would set these young people up to be effective leaders tomorrow. Thanks for supporting this project!
Only when a leader walks his talk, does anyone really benefit by his leadership.
This update describe events that have been conducted so that the young have the occasion to live out the head knowledge learnt, training them to be doers in the real world.
The Foundation wishes to thank all supporters for their altruistic giving and any feedbacks that would help us improve our services to the next generation is most welcomed.
While the world around demands for personal rights, individualism and caring for 'I-Me-Myself' only attitude, the Foundation strives to go against the grain to instill a sense of responsibility to the children and youths that what they do, will impact others, in both good and bad ways.
The attached update describes the activities done toward this end.
The Foundation wishes to thank all supporters for their altruistic giving and any feedbacks that would help us improve our services to the next generation.
As Thailand comes face to face with the economic, enviornmental and political tough times in Year 2009, many families thus children and youths are adversely affected.
There is a pressing need to help the communities in concrete, tangible ways and to train leaders in excellence, so as not to waste precious resources.
The attached document details the activities carried out from Jan - Mar 2009.
We welcome and thank all supporters for their giving and feedbacks.
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