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
Nov 10, 2015

Taking a Stance of Readyness

Streets in Bangkok flooded after downpour
Streets in Bangkok flooded after downpour

Taking a Stance of Readyness

While  some volunteers of the Foundation were busy planning and organising  for supporters to come together to knit the Winter Hats (or Beannies), the land of Thailand faced the coming onslaught of the rainy season.

Downpours triggered by tropical storm Mujigae has caused 32 provinces to be put on alert. Residents were warned about heavy downpours , possibly cause flooding, runoff and landslides. Of the 32 provinces, 13 are in the North. In the province of Phitsanulok, where one of our volunteers reside, she was also on the lookout for any changes in the river level, because that's where the usual floods would take place.

Ever ready for an emergency, Saenchan told us, "Any time that you need  help, just let me know, for I have made myself available."

Meanwhile further south of Bangkok in Ratchaburi, continuous rains caused water levels in a crocodile farm's pits to rise, and 6 baby crocodiles escaped while workers were draining excessive water into a nearby canal. 4 were caught and 2 are still at large. (as reported by the Nation)

These are some of the dangers locals face, when the rainy season bring with it the floods. On top of this, families whose members consist of the elderly or the very young, has to contend with diseases that arise from being in water all the time, or from contaminated drinking water and unhealthy and damp living conditions.

Therefore, the Foundation has to be on the alert for any help that might be needed, taking a stance of readyness , for any emergencies that we can assist the needy in.

As such, the Foundation is thankful to all donors who enable and empower us to be channels for blessings to others.

Any feedback is most welcome to aid us to serve others better.

Ratchaburi flood with crocodiles on the loose
Ratchaburi flood with crocodiles on the loose
Oct 27, 2015

Leaders for the Next Generation

Leaders go through rugged physical training
Leaders go through rugged physical training

Leaders for the Next Generation

When it came time for our annual young leaders camps, our young leaders were all looking forward to the training, knowing that they will bring home tangible skills and know-how back to their local communities, and to put these leadership skills to practical use.

The camps are usually  run during the school vacations, which happen to be the rainy season as well. However, the Foundation was thrilled that even though there may be various challenges for them, 200 campers turned up for the camps.

In the camps they were taught on the skills of managing small groups, how to teach a craft (instructional skills), learnt how to care for others especially those younger members in the camps, and take some calculated risks like doing jumps off a tower. Meanwhile, they were also physically tested on their endurance and teamwork.

Karina a young leader who is now 16 years and has been in our leadership camps since she was 11 years old, says, "I have gained confidence and leadership skills from these camps.  A leader is one who serves and looks after others..". She even volunteered to go with the team of staff and volunteers to prepare the campsite, before the campers arrived!

As for Ice, he reflects,"Before, I didn't have discipline to do anything, but now, I have better discipline.." For him it overflowed into his daily life in simple things like getting up early in the morning, so that he is in time for school.

With all the challenges and distractions of the present world, it was not easy for pre-teens and teens to be able to even think of others,much less serve others. Therefore the Foundation finds this work challengeing and fufilling, to see young leaders take up their stand against selfish gratification and materialism.

The Foundation is grateful for all the support and partnership rendered to us and welcome any feedback that will enhance our ministry to the young people  who will leader their own generation!

Best regards!

Karina - a confident leader
Karina - a confident leader
Taking a calculated risk
Taking a calculated risk
Ice - leading in the early morning exercise
Ice - leading in the early morning exercise
Jul 13, 2015

Empowering Young LeaderswithCharacter & Leadership

Young Leaders getting to know each other
Young Leaders getting to know each other

Empowering Young Leaders with Character & Leadership

Every alternate year, the Young Leaders (from all over the country) with the Foundation for Life would be challenged to lead a National Camp for around 200 campers. These young and budding leaders would be mostly in their early teens, and adult volunteers would be their mentors in the planning, organising and running of these camps.

In order for these Young Leaders to begin to talk and plan for this camp, they were gathered together for a Planning Retreat. In this retreat, they were taught on leadership skills, how be people of integrity and responsibility, because they will have to "look after" so many other lives while at the camp.

These Young Leaders also had a time to challenge themselves in a rock climbing activity, for which they had to overcome their fear of heights, stretch themselves physically to make it to the top of the wall, and to be able to trust the person who is holding on to the other end of the rope, to keep them safe.

Ice's our young leader for about 3 years said, "This rock climbing challenge has shown me that if I want to make it to the top, I have to endure the aches and pains and overcome my fears. The encouragement of my leaders and friends were what kept me going!"

"The climb up looked so difficult at first but as I made the climb up, I learnt that I have to just climb up one little stone at a time, and to take time to look around for the best little stone to step on. I learnt that difficult circumstances can be overcome, one little step at a time!", Aryck commented.

At the end of the retreat, our young leaders were glad to have come, and made committments to do their best to help in the preparation for the coming camp.

The Foundation for Life is grateful to all donors for your partnership in enabling our young people in Thailand to reach their highest potential in leadership. Any comments and feedback is  welcome, to help us better our reach to the future of our Nation.

Best regards,

Vena

Activities to help the Leaders to "gel"
Activities to help the Leaders to "gel"
Group Discussion
Group Discussion
Ice making her climb up
Ice making her climb up
Aryck : 1 stone at a time
Aryck : 1 stone at a time
 
   

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