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
Oct 20, 2016

In Remembrance of Our Beloved King Bhumibol

The Royal Funeral Procession to Grand Palace
The Royal Funeral Procession to Grand Palace

In Remembrance of Our Beloved King Bhumibol

The Foundation was at the height of preparations for the National Leadership Camps to be held this week, when the sad news of the demise of our king Bhumibol was announced throughout the kingdom, on 13 October 2016.

This set the whole nation into mourning and grief. Many events, including concerts, competitions and even some graduation ceremonies, were cancelled or postponed indefinitely.

At the same time, the government announced 1 year of mourning for the Thai people and for all public offices and educational institutes to fly flags at half mast for 30 days.

Meanwhile, the Foundation also felt the deep grief with all Thais in the country and round the world, and decided to postpone the National Leadership Camps to be held next year instead, as the camps were originally planned within the week of the king's passing.

During this week, thousands had flocked to the Grand Palace grounds to pay their respects before the portrait of the late monarch and sign farewell messages during the day, as Buddhist rites were performed and attended by the Royal Family and government officials. The Royal Household Bureau will start allowing mourners to pay tribute inside the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in front of the monarch's body from October 28. Millions of mourners are expected to attend, as many poor villagers are making the long trip to the capital city from the provinces, to pay their last tributes to their beloved king.

In response to the king’s teaching on doing good for the society and to show love and tolerance amongst fellow citizens, the Foundation went to the Sanam Luang, near the Grand Palace, to give out snacks and drinks to fellow mourners there.

The Foundation is thankful for the help and support of donors, and for the extension of sympathies from people all over the world.

With thanks,
Vena Lung (Project Leader)

ps. The photographs are by courtesy of the local news from The Nation Multimedia and The 

The Thai people wait outside Grand Palace
The Thai people wait outside Grand Palace
The nation mourns for beloved king
The nation mourns for beloved king
The funeral rites by the royal family
The funeral rites by the royal family
Last minute cancellation of Leadership Camps
Last minute cancellation of Leadership Camps
Foundation distribute snack and drinks to mourners
Foundation distribute snack and drinks to mourners
Aug 3, 2016

Preparing and Collecting for the Winter Months

Morna and Family courier Beanies for  the Project
Morna and Family courier Beanies for the Project

Preparing and Collecting for the Winter Months

It may seem that the winter months are a long ways away, however if we consider that it takes about a week to knit a beanie (winter cap), there are only about 15 weeks before 1 volunteer can “churn” up 15 beanies for those needy in the highlands of Thailand.

It was with great gratitude that the supporters and volunteers of the Foundation, both local and overseas started to respond to the needs for warm items to be knitted and collected in preparation of the winter monthhs ahead.

When a Morna's family came for their personal holidays, they decided to personally courier about 200 beanies that were done by volunteers in Singapore.

The same for Narcissus, who knitted and donated extra yarn for the project.

There was also a call that i received today from Nipaporn, previous volunteer who helped knit beanies for us 2 years ago. She had moved from Bangkok to Hatyai, yet she was still willing to volunteer to knit beanies for us this year.

The Foundation is thankful for all the willing hearts and hands that gave financially or personally knitted the warm items for us!

Any comments or feedback is most welcome, so that we may better immprove our reach to the needy.

Best regards,

Vena

Narcissus brought knitted the beanies she had done
Narcissus brought knitted the beanies she had done
A trolley full of knitted caps
A trolley full of knitted caps
Donated yarn and beanies
Donated yarn and beanies
Jul 25, 2016

Preparing for Service - Getting the young people ready

I will go back ...and form a team
I will go back ...and form a team

Preparing for Service -  Getting the young people ready

It is summer time and the schools are out, but for our young leaders, they have decided to spend part of their school holidays in preparation for a national event... to help to plan and organise activities for both their peers and the younger kids.. an event that will take place in November!

 As our staff  prepare for this retreat, by booking a reasonably comfortable chalet by the beach and arranging for all the logistics related to the training, our other volunteers helped to prepare for food and liased with the teens and their parents.

The teens both boys and girls, were all ready and eager as they came from various parts of Thailand, like in the capital city fo Bangkok, provinces like Chonburi in the east, Saraburi in the north-east and Chiangrai in the north. The bond of friendship that they had built over the years as they came for the progressive leadership trainings, was quickly re-established as they learnt about the ins and outs of running a successful event of games, fellowship and friendly competition. They also had times of sharing, brain-storming and practicing the foot drill steps, so that they can go back to their various centres and begin to teach them to their friends.

Pure was so excited that at the end of the retreat he said,"I will go back to gather my friends and form a team for this event!"

Meanwhile, M (not her real name) added, "I have really been encouraged to be like a good shepherd, to look after those in my team, just as i see the adult leaders have done in preparing for us here!"

The Foundation has seen many of these kids grow up through the years to be better persons and leaders, who are willing to sacrifice their personal comforts in service to others. This is what really motivates all volunteers.

Also, many thanks to donors who help to make our dreams for a better tomorrow here in Thailand!

Any feedback and comments to help us imporove is most welcomed!

 

Best regards,

Vena

Pressenting Ideas to the group
Pressenting Ideas to the group
Volunteers leaders serve as examples
Volunteers leaders serve as examples
Practising the steps
Practising the steps
 
   

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