Each summer Thailand experiences flooding brought on by seasonal monsoons. In the summer of 2011 those floods became particularly damaging as the already heavy rainfall collided with tropical storm Nock-ten to create one of Thailand’s worst cases of flooding in terms of the amount of water and number of people affected.
GlobalGiving provides support in the wake of the 2011 flooding through the Thailand Flood Relief Fund, which has enabled a number of local nonprofits to address the immediate needs of survivors and begin the process of rebuilding. GlobalGiving donors like you have already contributed to several projects such as Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Camp Recovery Centre put on by the DARE Network which helped to get their addiction treatment centres back up and running as well as A Global Friendship’s Help Bring Our Thai Artisans to Safety which was able to aid 12 artisan families in reopening their businesses.
Though all but one of the projects receiving support from GlobalGiving’s Thailand Flood Relief Fund have reached their funding goals and/or completed their projects, flooding continues to affect Thailand’s climate each year. GlobalGiving also continues to support those relief efforts. As the summer months press on, Thailand enters yet another season of monsoons that will continue to cause setbacks for residents, businesses and infrastructure.
Foundation for Life addresses these year to year challenges through one of the Thailand Flood Relief Fund’s ongoing projects. Their Blanket Them with Love project has evolved since 2011 from its original objective of supplying emergency packs. The project now provides clothing and blankets for those in Thailand affected by the cold weather that follows the monsoon season. Well into 2015, the Blanket Them with Love project still serves over 1,500 families in preparation for cold weather and 10 families in repairs to homes damaged back in 2011.
As relief efforts in Thailand picked up after the 2011 monsoon season, the Foundation for Life team realized they could fill a gap in relief efforts by providing knitted items of clothing and blankets to families facing cold weather. With over $30,000 in donations since its inception, the Blanket Them with Love project has learned to identify local needs and evolve to support those demands, building a global network of donors and knitters in the process. Most recently, the Blanket Them With Love Project has begun efforts to teach knitting classes using locally sourced materials. Their current knitters, near and far, hope to increase the production of knitwear and tap into a larger network of supporters for Foundation for Life through knitting instruction.
Foundation for Life is just $9,000 away from their overall fundraising goal of $40,000! Your support has been essential in helping their families recover from the 2011 floods, and can continue to provide assistance today! Consider making a donation to the Thailand Flood Relief Fund or the Blanket Them with Love Project!
A warm GlobalGiving thank you for your support of the Thailand flood relief victims! In this holiday season, we wanted to make it a point to remember to thank those who have supported this fund in the past year. We are happy to share the success of one of our partner organizations that is continuing its great work in Thailand.
Foundation for Life has shared a unique story pertaining to a global knitting frenzy. In continuing the efforts with their Blanket them with Love project, they targeted receiving 2,000 winter caps to provide for the underprivileged in Thailand during the cold season. At a July International Conference in Perth, they made the announcement to all of the participants that there was a global call for everyone to help with providing these winter caps. They received an overwhelming response from the participants, with some of them knitting their own hats to provide, spreading the word to their local communities, and even setting up their own knitting groups in their communities to band together and knit caps!
Thus far, the Foundation has collected 637 winter caps. They are very encouraged that they will be able to meet their 2000 caps goal with the positive response that they have received from all the volunteers around the world.
Here are some responses they got via email from people who heard about their call for winter caps:
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.
Lorna (New Zealand)"
Let 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! Sally (Singapore)"
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 (Melbourne, Australia)"---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thank you for continuing to support the work that is still being done to help the Thailand flood victims! Your contributions continue to provide hope, warmth and smiles to the people of Thailand.
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!
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