Foundation for Life

To Mould the NeXt Generation, so they may have qualities of self-control, reverence and a sense of responsibility, ready for good works. We run activities that help children and youths attain physical, mental, spiritual and social maturity, giving positive teaching to the social evils facing youths today and encourage them to express what they learn through practical service to the communities. We empower the young to be purposeful and responsible for their own future and that of the environment
Mar 3, 2017

The Rainbow After the Floods

The Height of the Flooding
The Height of the Flooding

The Rainbow After the Floods

As most of our donors have been alerted in the last report on the flood in the province of Nakhon Sithammarad (on 5 December), you probably remembered that the Choosin school had faced a bout of flooding right after the Foundation had visited and given out raincoats to the children there. As a result, the school had to be suspended due to stagnant water that had nowhere to flow because the whole city was affected, and the clean-up that followed.

However, you may not have heard of the second flooding that followed. Sometimes disasters have a way of hitting those who are down. From 5th to the 11th January, the constant heavy downpour and tropical storm that hit the province was worse than the one that happened 1 month before and the suffering from the second time was worse than the first and the damage was massive.

The school director who is already in her 70s, was messaging to our Foundation, as the second flood came, recording how the water was inching upwards, and she watched in horror as the the flood waters slowly reached up to knee level and then to the chest. In some areas the flood waters reached up to the people's necks!

Mrs Kanitha wrote in her sms to us, "In my 70 years of my life living here, I have never seen a flood this high!" She also described how the whole city was like a dead town, as everywhere was under water and food was scarce. In fact the news said that the only bridge that was used for the river crossing for major transportation southwards, had been severed and there was no way food could reach the stranded city.

It was only with the ingenuity of some jetski owners from Phuket, who were able to bring in some neccesities for the people of Nakhon Sithammarad.

By the time the flood slowly subsided, hundreds of the books, important documents, and many of the computers were destroyed. For a small, private school that caters to the poor and needy, with little assistance from the government, their loss was colossal.

Because of the floods, the energies of the staff was taken up with a massive clean-up (yet again) and  retreiving whatever could be salvaged.

Our Foundation therefore made another urgent call for help, asking for 400 gifts to be given to the students and also a remote seaside village in Bak-Pa-Nang, where they suffered for longer because of high tides and run-off from the main city.

We are thankful to all donors who answered the call for help, as we were able to collect 650 gifts in time for Valentine's day, to show love to our fellow thais. In addition, rice and monetary helps were also given to the teachers and the school to help in the recovery from the devastation.

Again, thank you donors for being that Rainbow after the Floods!

Gratefully yours!

Books and Furniture Destroyed
Books and Furniture Destroyed
Educational Materials Damaged
Educational Materials Damaged
Massive and Tiring Clean-up
Massive and Tiring Clean-up
Bringing Love to the Children
Bringing Love to the Children
Happy Child with Gift
Happy Child with Gift
Jan 25, 2017

Growing Volunteers, Training Leaders

Thousands line and wait their turn to pay respects
Thousands line and wait their turn to pay respects

Growing Volunteers, Training Leaders

With the demise of the beloved king of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 october 2016, the Thai government had declared a year of mourning for the Nation.

Even during this season leading to the Chinese New Year, when organisers for the annual celebrations in Chinatown, Bangkok, ususally create big events with lion and dragon dances , they have decided to cancel this year's festivities.

In response to the love that the king (considered to be Thai people's father), has shown for his  people, thousands of Thais have made personal commitments to live sacrificially, for the good of others, just as the king Bumiphol has done for his people for the past 70 years . 

So did the youth leaders in the Chinese community in the district of Hua Kunjae. They gave up their weekend to travel over 100 km to be Volunteers for Dad.

Aree said," It is an honor to be volunteering for the king during this season, and just as the Foundation for Life has always emphasized for our members, we just feel that this is what we stand for and should do"

The group was given a briefing before they went about helping the citizens who had travelled from the upcountry and were unfamiliar to the systems and amenities available at the Sanam Luang, where the funeral rites were carried out. As usual, thousands from all walks  of life and all corners of the country, lined up for hours to wait their turn to pay their final respects to their beloved king.

"As leaders, we are  basically volunteers at heart because we do things our of love and sacrificially, for the good of those who follow us," said Ann, our volunteer leader who lead the  team to  Bangkok.

Indeed this team is definitely "Growing Volunteers while Training their Leaders!"

Our Foundation is grateful to all donors who also sacrificially give for the good of others...Thank You!

Aree thinks that it is an honor to be volunteering
Aree thinks that it is an honor to be volunteering
"Leaders are volunteers at heart...", Ann
"Leaders are volunteers at heart...", Ann
Dec 8, 2016

URGENT: Updates-Raincoats for children in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Front gate of Chusilp (pronounced Choosin) School
Front gate of Chusilp (pronounced Choosin) School

Brief background on the Raincoat Project

The Raincoat project was initiated by our Volunteer and part-time staff, who had kidney problems, needing dialysis 3 times/wk. In the last 3 months, she had to undergo an operation and she took about a month to recover, which was lots of ups and downs for her physically.

When she was better, about 3 weeks ago, she got enough strength to go and buy the raincoats, which we sent down to Nakhon Si Thammarat province, to a small and rather poor school there.

On 19 November, while we were organising a national event for our members in Chonburi, we got the sad news that Jo had suddenly passed away. This was the last project that she had intentionally wanted to see done.

Updates

On 22-23 November: 3 volunteers and a staff flew down to the south to visit the Choosin School there. They reported that it had rained heavily few days before, but for the 2 days that we were there, it was sunny and hot. 

In addition to the raincoats, the Foundation also added "Riceberry" rice for all the teachers and staffs, together with a notepad for all the children, as well as a special Mana rice for the school (this rice was specially produced with added protein and vitamins for the needed nourishment)

I was impressed that the school even took in a group of autistic children to help them integrate to mainstream.

On 4 December: the school told us that the floods that was reported in the local Thai news, has affected their school too. The run-off from the mountainous region and the heavy rains has drained into the lowlands on the way to the  sea and were blocked by elevated roads, causing flooding to the main township.

The raincoats had come in handy at a time the kids needed them, but unfortunately, the school has to be closed because the grounds are in water. The local authorities are trying their best to alleviate the problems there. Meanwhile, the school cannot do very much since the whole province is inundated following 6 days of heavy rainfall. 

Urgent Action and Help Needed:

In view of the suffering that the school will face when the flood waters subside.... all the cleaning and the expenses that will be incurred for the repairs of the school, our Foundation will attempt to raise funds to help them out for their after-flood rehabilitation. 

Our heart goes out to them, for this Christmas will not be so merry for those living there in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

We appeal to you, our supporters and partners for your generosity towards this purpose and thank you in advance for making this Season of Giving a truly meaningful Time!

Thank you once again!

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Vena

Before and After the Flood- Within the School
Before and After the Flood- Within the School
Meeting Hall becomes elevated parking for sch cars
Meeting Hall becomes elevated parking for sch cars
Rooms and Equipment soaked in flood water pastweek
Rooms and Equipment soaked in flood water pastweek
Children receive Gifts of Raincoats etc 23 Nov16
Children receive Gifts of Raincoats etc 23 Nov16
 
   

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