Three years later, just over $4,000 shy of our overall funding goal, and look at how far we have come. Over time, our partner organizations have provided immediate responses to individuals and families in Thailand recovering from massive floods in July 2011. However, it is still important not to forget all those still in recovery. Children, especially, have been displaced from their homes, taken out of school, and had their lives changed forever when massive flooding hit their country. Thanks to your generosity, our partners at Foundation for Life have worked tirelessly to continue help Thai children recover from tragedy. Whether this be through promoting education or providing affected children with items their families cannot afford, Foundation for Life has always been more than willing to help the most vulnerable victims. Here are updates from their latest report:
Foundation for Life’s newest effort, through its project “Blanket Them with Love - Flood & Cold Relief Thailand”, all started because of one little boy. The five-year old son of a Foundation for Life donor gave up his own socks when he saw that a fellow toddler did not have any of his own. The flood damages have caused so much financial distress on Thai families that items such as socks are no longer feasible purchases. Relief started with one little boy’s kind heart and thoughtful donation. Once the donor’s son willingly gave up his own socks to the child, the family was immediately inspired to donate even more socks. They surveyed the surrounding area and generated a list of the types and sizes of socks needed. And their efforts came just in time! Soon after the survey, the school year began, and 250 pairs of socks were donated to grateful children.
All of this work from Foundation for Life started right after disaster struck in Thailand. They began by providing life packs including daily necessities, such as dried food, focusing on immediate relief. Of course, their hard work did not stop there. As a result of the cold climate in Thailand, citizens are always in need of protective gear and warm clothing when flood season hits. Foundation for Life aims to provide roughly 1,500 families with protection from the cold. This organization understands that disaster relief does not end just a few months after tragedy strikes. It is an on-going effort that needs care and attention. We at GlobalGiving are so proud to partner with such a passionate organization, and this partnership could not be possible without the help of our donors. Because of you, Foundation for Life can continue its efforts and hopefully inspire more people, like the donor’s son, to give to such a worthy cause. Thank you!
The main troubles faced by disaster relief efforts is bolstering support after immediate issues are alleviated. That is why this GlobalGiving fund exists! To make sure that relief efforts extend to be sustainable and lasting! The need in Thailand arose after a particularly bad rainy season in 2011. Our partners at Foundation for Life are dedicated to not only supplying relief efforts after a disaster but also extending resources to make people self-sufficient. In their most recent report they emphasize the need for funds and more importantly the need for education.
In the Bangkok Childrens Hospital Foundation for life distributed blankets and gave kids toys during the holiday seasons! These simple gestures help so much with moral and is a great way to help people grow and move forward. Involvement in the childrens hospital is only one way that Foundation for Life bolsters growth and encourages sustainability. In the hilltribes of Thailand, people living in the Samerng Forest were lucky to get some hands on training from the Foundation.
Typically, in this particular area, Foundation for Life would typically donate winter caps to thwart the winter cold. This year, instead, they offered training sessions on how to craft the caps themselves. The response was outrageously positive and the Foundation launched a three-day intensive knitting class for local communities. The needles and yarn were donated by Foundation for life! One particular learner, named Chako had this to say about her experience, “Thank you, Foundation for Life, for teaching me how to knit. I can now put this new skill to good use!” Chako intends to use her new skills to earn a little extra income to help with the expense of her ailing grandfather!
Foundation for Life works to create sustainable and self-sufficient populace after a disaster situation. This effort creates community members not focused on outside resources but instead focused on how they can sustain their future independently. With added skillsets and learning, community members ensure their survival when the next disaster or flood inevitably hits. Thank you, from GlobalGiving for investing in a sustainable future for Thai communities and a sustainable future for us all!
Every single year Thailand experiences extensive and damaging flooding during the rainy season. Every single year hundreds lose their homes to the monsoon season. This is the exact reason that your help is ALWAYS needed because the struggle in Thailand is never over! This relief fund for Thailand flooding started in 2011 after a particularly bad year of flooding when tragically over 800 died and millions more had their homes destroyed. Our partners in this struggle have been spending the last few months collecting for the needy and wrapping up projects to rebuild. These are the stories they told in their most recent reports:
Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network (DARE) has closed up it’s relief fund this quarter after having their project fully funded! This is exciting news because it means that the many infrastructure projects that DARE was undergoing have been fully complete. DARE worked to rebuild their treatment centers. It is in these places that 28,000 participated in Prevention Education Activities and 309 clients and 920 of their family members were treated, in 2013 alone. These centers are great community outreach places that provide amazing opportunity for recovery. Due to GlobalGiving donors DARE was able to get their facilities up and running.
At Foundation for Life blankets were given out during the unusually cold and long winter that Thailand is currently facing. Thailand typically has a warm climate so with this drop in temperatures many are just having to suffer through the cold because they cannot afford to buy warmer clothes. Thanks to your donations on GlobalGiving, Foundation for life was able to buy and send blankets to the north-east provinces Korat and Khon Kaen, and also they brought warm clothing and stuffed animals to the northern hill-tribes in Samerng, Chiangmai.
Thailand is continually trying to stay ahead of the next rainy season, this is obviously very difficult and brings up many hardships. But due to your donations strides are being made. Thank you for your funds and care! The Thai people are surviving because of you!
In 2011, Thailand experienced severe flooding during the monsoon season, which lasted for 175 days and affected 65 of the country’s 77 provinces. Approximately two years later, the survivors of this devastating catastrophe are still recovering.
Your generous support and contribution allowed GlobalGiving partners to quickly respond and send help to the zones affected. Foundation for Life, an organization dedicated to assist the disadvantaged and contribute in various social welfare needs, was able to provide immediate help in the form of food packages, which were distributed to neighboring families.
In the past few weeks, the reports indicate that tropical storms and depressions affected the South China Seas, bringing rain into the North and North-eastern areas in Thailand. Furthermore, many provinces have experienced landslides and flooding since September 18. On September 30, the Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for a tropical storm called “Wutip”. The Wutip Storm produced flooding to a height of 1.5 meters near the banks of the Wangthong River.
In the last couple of days, a contact volunteer from Foundation for Life living in Phisanuloke has been affected by the floods from Wangthong. In her report, she stated that “the waters came and increased to a height of 1.5 meters. We can only gain access to our house by a make shift bridge. The mushrooms we were growing for extra income have been destroyed”.
Your kind contribution allowed several families in Thailand to enjoy these food packages after experiencing the horrors of the great flood that affected the country. More importantly, your generosity is allowing many of these families to regain the much needed hope to fight for their lives and for a better tomorrow.
We will keep you updated in the following months; however, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comment section below.
Greetings on behalf of our friends in Thailand! Your generosity to the Thailand Flood Relief Fund has gone a long ways on the ground! Though the rebuilding process is strenuous, your donations have been giving the flood victims essential resources. “For so many centuries, the exchange of gifts has held us together. It has made it possible to bridge the abyss where language struggles,” writes author Barry Lopez. This truth about international compassion epitomizes the difference you are making. The following is an update on both of our flood relief partner organizations!
Foundation for Life
This past winter, our partner Foundation for Life (FFL) noticed a new need: many of those affected by the flood lived in Northern areas that were about to be plunged into exceptionally cold temperatures and the people were not prepared. Foundation for Life therefore piloted a new goal of producing 600 knitted caps for these needy survivors of the flood. Volunteers spanning from kidney dialysis hospital patients to business professionals set to work knitting woolen caps and even fashioned their own knitting needles, which were made from chopsticks. All of this hard work culminated in surpassing the goal of 600 caps! You helped make this happen!
Dried foodstuffs, medicine, and clean drinking water were also main focuses of FFL’s resources that they made available to the evacuees who were streaming in from the flood-destroyed areas. Volunteers continued to stretch themselves to the max and even played with the children and took care of agitated dogs!
Aid also began the forward-thinking transition into the rebuilding and development stage, a crucial and important step. Youth were taught how to make biodegradable detergents to help rehabilitate the ruined rice fields, and the Foundation helped facilitate data gathering between the flood victims and researchers, who were seeking to find out how the disaster was responded to and what sources help came from. This initiative will provide valuable information for disaster relief efforts in the future.
DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)
The DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network), another partner in the flood relief efforts, comes to us with some exciting and promising news on the Thai-Burmese border… they were able to rebuild their DARE Centres that were destroyed by the flood! This is a vital victory because unsteady situations in Burma indicate that the Burmese refugees need to remain in Thailand for an extended amount of time, and now they have the DARE Centres available to them as resources.
In 2012 alone, over 25,000 people participated in addiction prevention education and treatment programs at DARE Centres! Of the 1,100+ refugees who were treated, the non-relapse rate was a high success of 61.3%. These efforts are positive and staggering, GlobalGivers, because the bordering government of Burma is one of the largest producers of opium, heroin, and methamphetamines in the world and often traps the refugees into becoming substance-dependent. The onset of 2011’s terrible flood only encouraged abusive substances as a coping mechanism. Such work being done by DARE is an infusion of hope and promise for the future for each of these refugees.
As an individual devastated by a flood, someone may feel at a loss when they think about the future. But your involvement in this rebuilding effort in Thailand has changed that. Someone is now no longer addicted to abusive substances, thanks to your contribution. Someone is sitting in a refugee camp, yet they are warm because of the comforting wool of the hat you purchased for them. These things are not small contributions; they are huge in making our Thai and Burmese friends feel like they have a family that cares about them… even nations away.
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