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
Apr 25, 2016

Training the Trainers - Back to Harmony

Laughing at ourselves- Being more self aware
Laughing at ourselves- Being more self aware

Training the Trainers - Back to Harmony

"B" (not her real name) as been serving as a volunteer for many years (19 to be exact) and what has kept her undauntedly pressing on, was her belief that as an adult who has a heart for the young people, she can help befriend them and give advice when in times of crises. At  the same time the task of running activites for these young people can sometimes be tiring and unrewarding, esspecially when misunderstandings occur between the volunteers and even among the clients (the young people as well).

In the Asian Culture, especially in Thai culture, seniority and hierarchy plays a major role in communications and conflict management (or rather non-management). Any disagreements are frowned upon and relationships sour, but are not voiced or cleared, leading to suppressed anger and bitterness.

"B" was experiencing just that, when she came for our Foundation's annual training and retreat for adult volunteers. The Theme for the Seminar was "Back to Harmony" which was conducted by Mr Lai, an expert counsellor and social worker (from Eagles Mediation and Counselling Centre, Singapore) , who deals in mediation matters especially amongst couples, and  family disputes. "B" sat in the seminar and was amazed at how the examples that were brought up were similar to what she was facing. In the duration of the training, she also realised that Conflicts amongst humans were inevitable and was infact not to be avoided, because conflicts helped her to be more aware of herself, and her "opponent" , and she also learnt how to approach the person whom she has conflict with, in a way that would invite a true conversation.

 By the end of the training, "B" related her story and shared that the training has helped her to look at conflict from a different angle and she even tried to apply the principles taught, immediately.

Her response when asked about feedback of the training, she said, "Even from the start of the first hour,I was tearing...how true that we need to be humble and repent of our pride as a start to reconciliation." 

This training is very successful and it’s very enlightening, very relevant and useful in our daily life...." Suzanne, another volunteer commented 

"It was the Group Activity that caused me to have to face and deal with a conflict situation...it was really a ön-the-job-training situation'!", Nit exclaimed, almost in disbelief.

Our Foundation certainly hopes that this practical and useful training would be the start of new culture within the Organisation, to help us learn to agree to disagree, and work harmoniously, using our differences as strengths.

We are grateful to all donors for your continued contribution, to enable us to seek help from experts who can guide and mentor us in our outreach to the children and youths who will also face various conflicts in their lives. We also value any feedback you may have to enrich our experience as well!

Best Regards!

"..very enlightening,..relevant..to daily life."
"..very enlightening,..relevant..to daily life."
"On-the-job-training" Activity
"On-the-job-training" Activity
Trainer emphasizing his point on Conflicts
Trainer emphasizing his point on Conflicts
Feb 9, 2016

Keeping the Little Ones Warm

Windy paths of Mae Hong Son
Windy paths of Mae Hong Son

Keeping the Little Ones Warm

About a little over a year ago, the Foundation met with Padcha, when she came for training in a course that would help volunteers who wanted to have a progressinve  program for children and youths.

She had traveled all the way from Mae Hong Son to Bangkok in attempt to equip herself with the tools neccessary to reach out to the children and youths. Padcha informed us that she and husband have the vision to help children and youths whose parents were drug addicts.

In the course of training, we also found out that she resides in the north in Mae Hong Son, up in the north among the mountainous area, rather far from the the conveniences of the city centres. Besides, the children that they look after are generally from the needy and broken homes.

Sometime in December, the  Foundation reconnected with Padcha, and found that they were in need of warm accessories, especially for the little ones in the kindergarten nearby. Without hesitation, the Foundation sent the beanies (winter caps) that volunteers were still helping to knit, over to Padcha for her use.

"Thanks for your quick response, the children were elated to recieve the gifts from the Foundation for Life... it was a very appropriate Christmas gift!" wrote Padcha via the social media to us.

The Foundation thanks all donors who have been so faithfully supporting us, without whose help we will not be able to extend to the disadvantaged when they are in need. We would also appreciated any suggestions that would help improve our services to the underprivileged.

May we also take this opportunity to wish all supporters a Very Happy and Purposeful Year ahead!

P. with some of the children
P. with some of the children
Let
Let's try this for size!
Looking Good ... and feels warm too!
Looking Good ... and feels warm too!
Jan 29, 2016

Never too Young

Little Hannah hands over the Girly Bank
Little Hannah hands over the Girly Bank

Never too Young

It is the belief of the Foundation that it is never too young to begin the process of training a child in good morals and character, because we are confident that when we train up a child in the way he should go... when he is old, he will not depart from it. Indeed it is imperative to give the young ones a solid foundation to LIFE!

The Foundation therefore began pilot projects to reach out to the Pre-schoolers from ages 4 to 6 years, and developing a curricula that would be suitable for the littles to understand and participate in, in a meaningful and impactful way.

While the pilot project was going on, a little girl, Hannah from another part of the world was encouraged by her parents to save up so that she could present her efforts to Aunt V, whom she knows works with the little children living in the Slum Community in Thailand.

Hannah's parents caught hold of Aunt V one day and said that Hannah had filled up her Girly Bank and would like to present it. "The coins in this are for the kids in Thailand," said Hannah, feeling shy as she hands over the Girly Bank to Aunt V.

Meanwhile, Aom, the assistant manager and supervisor of the daycare centre in the Klong Toey slums, has this to say of her children under the program, "I noticed that the children now learnt to live, play and work with other children well!"

To all donors and supporters of our project :- you will never know how much  your efforts has helped the underprivileged children and youths in our projects. All of us, both Volunteers and Receipients would like to take this opportunity to Thank You and wishing you a Very Happy and Prosperous Year in 2016!

Best Regards!From All in The Foundation

1 of the receipents of Hannah
1 of the receipents of Hannah's gift
Thanks from Plern to Hannah!
Thanks from Plern to Hannah!
Teachi kids to be young leaders taking attendanc
Teachi kids to be young leaders taking attendanc
"Children now live, play and work together well"
"Children now live, play and work together well"
 
   

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