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 10, 2015

Love Knits Us Together

Some Winter Caps knitted Jackie
Some Winter Caps knitted Jackie's Volunteers

Love Knits Us Together

When the call for help to knit winter caps was sent out to friends, supporters and volunteers of the Foundation, the response seemed to be slow in the beginning. But as time past the momentum picked up when, by word of mouth, the news began to spread, not only in Thailand, but to countries in Asia like Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei,etc to the Pacific like Australia, New Zealand, then across the globe to the African continent, and the United Kingdom.

One person who responded was Jackie from Scotland. Together with her friends and a group of ladies back home and even her grandmother as well, she got them to knit Winter Caps for the needy children and adults. When all were done, Jackie sent the packages over to Thailand.. all nicely wrapped.

Together with hundreds of volunteer knitters, this concerted effort was a show of love and concern for those needy who were to face the cold weather, especially in the mountainous areas in Thailand, where temperature may drop to near 0 degrees celcius or less. 

When time came for Jackie's knitted caps to be distributed, these were sent to the the highlands of northern Thailand. The beneficienries were the hill tribe toddlers, children and family members that were underprivileged and risked illnesses related to cold weather. The toddler from the Yao Tribe was one of those who received this knitted gift of love, who was kept warmed in the cold and

The Foundation is extremely grateful for the all the effort put in, in taking the time and the energy to knit, not just 1 but 3,500 Winter Caps, to pack them and to mail them to Thailand from all corners of the world, and not only that, for all volunteers who made the trips to the remote areas of the mountains to personally distribute these caps to the needy there, thus bringing much joy, as can be seen in the photographs attached.

We certainly welcome any feedback that can help us in our outreach to the needy.

 

Best regards

Vena Lung

Jackie
Jackie's grandma in her 90s, one of the knitters
The Hills of Baan Huay Kaew, Chiangrai
The Hills of Baan Huay Kaew, Chiangrai
The toddler who benefited from Jackie
The toddler who benefited from Jackie's mission
Jan 12, 2015

Training Leaders For the Future

Boom talking with some campers in her care
Boom talking with some campers in her care

Training Leaders For the Future

 The future of the Nation is in the hands of the Children and Youths of today. The Foundation for Life strongly believes that we need to nuture the young people of today so that they will have inner strength and character to help them make good and right decisions in the days to come, that they will consider the needs of the majority, rather than just short term and selfish gains.

Therefore the Foundaiton organizes annual leadership camps, intentionally, with the purpose of developing our Thai Children and Youths in leadership and life skills, in the enviornment of love and acceptance. Topics taught in Because we understand the importance of mentoring girls and boys by being living examples to them, 3 separate camps are set up for this purpose: one for elementary school girls, one for high school girls and another for the boys.

This year, the Theme of the Leadership Camps is, "Teens in Jeans"... meaning that as a Leader, our trainees are to have the energies like the Teens, who are willing to go to any length to work for the community  - hence being in Jeans, which is an attire for "roughing it out".

Boom, age 24 years (a volunteer leader who has been to our leadership camps since she was in Grade 4) says, " I feel so honored that I have been entrusted with the responsibility of being the camp commandant of this leadership camp for the elementary girls. I will have been through these camps and  learnt so many things that has helped me in my life, and am glad to be able to pass on these precious lessons to the next generation of young leaders!"

" I find these leadership camps so fun and I make lots of new friends while I am here. The station games are so challenging and help us all to work as a team!" Tam Fha says.

 Bee, a young and budding leader says of his mentor, " I really do look up to teacher Berm.. he is my hero!"

 When it came to the end of the camps, the young trainees were filled with hope and encouragement, to go out and enrich others, just as they had been enriched by their experiences in the camps. Our Volunteer mentors congratulated all trainees in a simple yet touching ceremony to encourgae them on their way.

All these would not have been possible without your love and support. We wish to thank all donors and welcome any feedback to better our services to those we serve.

Have a Happy New Year and may you fulfil the desires of your heart!

Yours Sincerely

Vena

Tam Fha with her new friends
Tam Fha with her new friends
Bee with his mentor, Berm
Bee with his mentor, Berm
An enviornment of love and acceptance
An enviornment of love and acceptance
Teamwork and looking out for each other
Teamwork and looking out for each other
Young Leaders learn Lifeskills
Young Leaders learn Lifeskills
Trainers congratulate young leaders
Trainers congratulate young leaders
Jan 2, 2015

A Knit in Time Keeps Them Warm and Fine!

Mom and Toddler with Distinct Haircut
Mom and Toddler with Distinct Haircut

A Knit in Time Keeps Them Warm and Fine!

As the Wintry months descend in Thailand, even Bangkok (the Capital City) that is hardly cool at all, was beginning to feel the cold. Temperatures in the Highlands of Thailand were dropping rapidly and many areas in the mountains had frost on the plants, and some even went down to -5 degress Centigrade, which was very exceptional indeed.

The Foundation for Life, which was preparing for this cold weather was glad to be of help to thousands as the Winter Caps (some nearly 3,000 of them) knitted with love from Volunteers round the world, began to be distributed amongst those needy.

The first point of distribution was to the Refugee Camp along the Burmese border. In the village where children did not have a chance to go to a proper school and where parents are too poor to provide for anything more than the bare necessities. 

The children and their  parents were delighted when our Volunteers went to thier village to give out the Winter Hats and some snacks, 

Said a Mother carrying a toddler with a distinct hair-cut, " Thank you so much for your kindness to keep our children warm and fine in this cold season"

2 little boys, who speak little thai, could only gesture their delight as they wore their new winter hats, as our photographer took their pictures.

Another little boy grinned as he tried to say, " I love my blue cap" 

Meanwhile, boxes filled with the Winter Hats were finding their way to other parts of the country, especially to the North and the North-Eastern parts of  Thailand. 

Infact at this moment these gifts of Warmth and Love are being distributed by Volunteers who travel to these areas and contacting the local villagers... we expect more photos to arrive in days to come.... 

Thanks to all Global Giving partners who have sacrificed so that others might be blessed!

May this New Year of 2015 bring you many blessings too!

Any feedback to better our services to the needy here is most welcomed.

Yours faithfully,

Vena Lung

2 little delighted and happy boys
2 little delighted and happy boys
I love my Blue Cap!
I love my Blue Cap!
Children streaming out to see Visitors with gifts
Children streaming out to see Visitors with gifts
Boxes being sent to different parts of Thailand
Boxes being sent to different parts of Thailand
 
   

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