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
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
May 6, 2016

Have Wheels will Travel - Empowering the Needy

Volunteer with Dou and Chai
Volunteer with Dou and Chai

Have Wheels will Travel - Empowering the Needy

It was in the wintry season when the Foundation brought a team of volunteers to help in the Blanket Them With Love project in the northern province of Chiangrai in Thailand.

While carrying out activities with the children and youths, the Foundation met with 2 young hilltribe brothers from the Akha tribe. They were among the youths that were attending the English Day Camp and were given writing materials as most were from needy backgrounds.

As it turned out, both brothers were facing hardship, at the time that the Foundation found them. Dou (14 years) and his younger brother Chai (13 years) were recently orphaned, as their mother had just passed away around a year ago. Their father had died then since they were both young, around 10 and 11 years, with only mother as the main breadwinner, having to carrying the burden of ensuring that her boys had the bare minimum to survive everyday.

Now, they live with their uncle, who was mostly not home because he works in a strawberry farm up in the highlands, leaving the 2 young boys to fend for themselves.

Despite their dire state, their mother had taught them well. She had constantly reminded them to be good citizens and to work hard, especially in their studies, so that they will be educated and make right choices. As a result, after her death, they followed mother's advice, and helped in the cleaning up after every meal in school, in exchange for their free lunches, as well as jumping at any opportunities to find odd jobs to help in their daily needs.

As he shared with the Foundation of their plights, Dou said, "I often tell my younger brother, and encourage him to not give up, even though we are now orphans, we must make special efforts to be good, and not be influenced by bad people, so that we can stand tall in the society and live harmoniously with others".

These boys' state of affairs were noticed by the Foundation volunteers and they raised some money to help with a gift of a bicycle for them so as to enable them to travel around without having to pay for bus rides to school.

"Thank you so much, for the bicycle... now I can move around so much faster, and it saves me much time! Thank you!", Chai said, with a big smile on his face.

Although the weather was cold, the volunteers had brought the boys warmth in their hearts, knowing that they are not alone in their struggle.

The Foundation wishes to thank all who have helped to empower people like Dou and Chai, giving them HOPES to live on for a better tomorrow.

Gratefully yours!

The beneficiaries.

Dou receiving his uniform
Dou receiving his uniform
A happy Chai with his new bike
A happy Chai with his new bike

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