Sep 27, 2021

Renovation in progress after purchase of Building

Party on the new roof after purchase of Building
Party on the new roof after purchase of Building

Hello everyone!

Today’s update is packed full of great information. We had a very exciting month and September was amazing!  Thailand relaxed local travel restrictions on the 01st of September and we were able to make an appointment at the Land Office to legalize the purchase of our new building on the 3rd of September! The following week the Land Office was flooded and had to close because of heavy water damage. There was only this short window of time where they were open and we were able to get everything done.  Thank you for all your help and the donations from many people in our community that made the purchase of the building possible.

In the week following the purchase, we handed out the first renovation contracts and currently we have two different companies remodeling. One of them is working on installing a new roof on the combined buildings.  They were the first to actually connect the buildings because they started by breaking the dividing wall between our two buildings.  Once the new rooftop is up, they will also waterproof the current cement roof to stop the water leakage. Another company is working in our restaurant. Because we are planning to increase the size of the restaurant with a breakthrough into the new building, we had to move our service counter or we could not see the area in the new building.  Because our restaurant is currently still closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, we thought that this was the perfect time to complete this project.  We are also working with our architect on the final drawings where she will also do the overlay of the new water and electric lines.  We want several contractors to bid the project in the next couple of weeks.  It is really exciting to see this finally going forward after so many years in the making.

Otherwise, sadly not much else has changed. We still have a nightly curfew between 21.00 and 04.00 with many things still closed.  We hope that by the end of the year Thailand will be open again. Vaccinations in the country are finally picking up and everyone at Tamar has finally been able to receive a vaccine or decide against it. Children are still homeschooling, so we are continuing the “Tamar School” where everyday a Tamar Staff Member is making sure that the students follow the online school.    Because this has been going since May, the children are having more and more problems concentrating and sitting at home the whole day is not good for them. The government is predicting they will open schools up on the 1st of November, but we will see.

We are still giving out many food bags to women that have no income. The whole red-light industry has been closed since March and most people working there have received little help from the government. Our Soi 6 team is working five days per week: 3 days distributing the food and the other days contacting women to arrange it. This whole food distribution is complicated!  Based on government orders, we are not allowed to let the women wait in lines for food bags, so we must arrange individual appointments for each woman spaced in 15 minute intervals.   It is a long and slow process, but the joy in the faces of the women when they receive the food bags is worth it!

Thank you for following us and reading our updates!

Have a wonderful day from the Tamar Family.

First meeting on new roof!
First meeting on new roof!
New Steel arrives for the Roof Covering
New Steel arrives for the Roof Covering
Part of the new roof structure is going up
Part of the new roof structure is going up
Online school for Tamar Children
Online school for Tamar Children
Women receiving food bags
Women receiving food bags
Sep 3, 2021

Today we finally took ownership of the Building

Celebration of the new Building Purchase
Celebration of the new Building Purchase

Hello everyone!

 Exciting day today!  Finally, we completed the purchase of the new Tamar Guesthouse and Counseling Center. After our decision to purchase the building, Thailand went into a new round of Covid-19 restrictions including travel restrictions between provinces. For that reason, neither the owner of the building, nor the Chairman of our Board was able to travel.

On Wednesday, the travel restrictions were lifted, so we immediately applied for an appointment with the Land and Transport Office and received one for today. All documents were officially signed and notarized.  We paid for the building and finally we received the ownership documents and the keys! We are very happy that this initial journey is finally over and we now are the proud owners of the building! Yeah!!!

Today, we had a small party to celebrate this milestone with our teamAnd then on Monday, we will continue our journey by working with our architect on the final drawings, getting quotes from contractors for the renovation, choosing a company, and starting the renovation process.

 Also, next week, we expect to hire the first contractor to waterproof the roof since the rainy season is coming soon and we want to have this project out of the way before we bid out the rest of the renovations. 

We are also very happy to announce that as of the 1st of September, we have reached 57% of our funding goal for the whole project.  Thank you again for your support and help in getting us this far and we

 hope that you are as excited with as we are purchasing the building.

 

The Tamar Family

The Building team with the ownership documents!
The Building team with the ownership documents!
Baking team that made the wonderful cake!
Baking team that made the wonderful cake!
Fundraising Status as off today!
Fundraising Status as off today!
Jun 30, 2021

Next month looks very likely... finally!

Inspecting different buildings with the Tamar Team
Inspecting different buildings with the Tamar Team

 Hello everyone!

Greetings from Thailand, today we would like to give you an update about our New Building Project as things have been moving ahead quickly in the last weeks.

In the last year, Thailand’s economy has been devastated by the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, mainly the drop of tourist numbers from around 40 Million to basically nothing.  Hoping for some decline in real-estate prices, we have taken this opportunity to review additional properties besides the one next to our current building that was our favorite.   We reviewed 100s of properties online and physically viewed 6 properties in detail that were within our price range and location requirements.  

The result of our reviewing these properties showed that the “building next door” is still the one best suited to accomplish both our long and short term vision for Tamar Center.   Since the “ball is in our court” in the negotiation process with the owner, the Building Leadership team has recently spent hours in discussions about our next steps.  We have decided to pursue this building and have asked the Board of our Foundation for permission to negotiate a final deal with the owner.    As soon as we receive the permission, we will contact the owner and hope to negotiate a deal within the month of July.

Currently, we have raised 11 Million THB and our plan is to purchase the building in cash with the help of an interest free loan from our foundation. If you would like to see the total budget for this project, please drop us on email and we will sent it to you. Once we have ownership of the building, we will continue our fundraising and start the renovations as the needed money is raised. All incoming funds will be split into renovations and repayment of the loan.  Every donation helps us finish the building and use it for our vocational training and counseling needs for the women and children in Pattaya.

Thank you for your interest in our work here in Pattaya and we hope that you are as encouraged as we are about the new building finally getting realized! As soon as we have finalized our negotiations we will drop you a quick email here.

 Thanks!

Team looking at a building
Team looking at a building
Discussion in a building
Discussion in a building
Planning session for the new Building
Planning session for the new Building
The right building is the one we try to buy!
The right building is the one we try to buy!
 
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