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, 2013

Love and Concern Knits Us together

Some of the Volunteers involved
Some of the Volunteers involved

Love and Concern Knits Us Together

The Foundation has always been on the lookout for opportunities to serve the poor and underpriviledged, and we are also aware that when the cold weather comes to Thailand, especially in the hilly areas, we will need to quickly mobilise ourselves to meet the needs of the suffering. Thailand being in the tropics, is generally hot or rainy in its weather, therefore when the temperature drops, most are ill-prepared for it, especially the poor who live from hand to mouth.

As a result, the Foundation decided to embark on a pilot project (in June) to robe in Volunteers to help with knitting woollen caps, in preparation for the coming winter (December till February). The target was to 600 knitted caps for the needy.

Once the project was launched, volunteers started to even make homemade knitting needles from chopsticks, while the Foundation sourced for yarn, via either donations or sales. A core group of about 5 Volunteers soon spread to include others, some are employees of companies, some kidney dialysis patients, some students and even housewives.

Slowly, the number of knitted caps increased from 50 till 100 till in the end we reached our goal of 600 caps , plus a few extras! This pilot project gave everyone a sense of unity and achievement, and truly knitted all of us, the giver and the receiver, in love and concern or each other.

Thank you for being a part of this tapestry of goodwill and love to those in need!

Getting the yarn & receiving finished caps
Getting the yarn & receiving finished caps
Packing and Transporting to Northern Destinations
Packing and Transporting to Northern Destinations
Jan 25, 2013

The Power of Empowerment

Initial Planning and Discussion of Thai fathers
Initial Planning and Discussion of Thai fathers

The Power of Empowerment

The Foundation for Life sees the importance of Training and  Developing the Child and the Youth, so that they become people of Integrity and Character, whom others can look up to, to make a difference to the communities in which they live.

However, for the Foundation to strive to do this, we need the help of partners and supporters to help in the development of the child. We have found that generally the "pillar " of the Family structure, that is, the Dad, is usually lacking or non-existent. After 18 years of working with Children and Youths, as well as their families, the Foundation has "prepared" the grounds for co-operation with Fathers who have a passion for Fathering Matters, as such, a pilot project to gather interested Dads in Thailand was created. After 3 months of intensive discussion and preparations, the fathering workshop was birthed.

The "I CAN" Fathering Workshop

With the help and mentoring from the Founders of Centre for Fathering in Singapore, about 40 Thai fathers gathered for workshops to discuss, share experiences and hone in their fathering skills.

It was a time of 'liberation' as these gentlemen shared and exchanged their fathering experiences with each other in open-hearted discussions, something rather rare for the men of today.

The Trainers then also conducted a special "Train-the-Trainers" course for the fathers who have a burden to pass on this vision to get Fathers in Thailand involved with their kids.

Comments from fathers were: "I knew that fathers have an influence over their kids, but in these Workshops I now realised, just how much Power and Impact Dads have over the lives of their children!", said Mr Phong

"I am impressed by the fact that LOVE=TIME.. I used to give things to my kids, when what they really want is my time!", John relfected.

These Workshops have Empowered  the Thai fathers, to make changes in their own lives, so that they will build strong families through their children.

As a result of this, the trained fathers are now beginning to conduct workshops to impact and empower other Fathers for the sake of the children.

All these great starts and work would not have been possible without the support of donors like yourselves. The nurturing and development of Character and Leadership in Children and Youths is strengthed when fathers take up their positions in the homes, to love, protect and be with their kids!

Thank you for partnering us in making the future brighter and stronger for Thai kids! Any feedback to improve our mision is always welcomed.

Sincerely yours.

Volunteer fathers prepare for workshops
Volunteer fathers prepare for workshops
Thai Fathers sharing their stories
Thai Fathers sharing their stories
I CAN Workshop for Thai Fathers
I CAN Workshop for Thai Fathers
Workshop for 40 Thai Fathers
Workshop for 40 Thai Fathers
Well done, fathers!
Well done, fathers!
Jan 8, 2013

The World is a Better Place Because You Gave

The Foundation would like to take this opportunity to wish all supporters and donors a very Happy New Year and may you have a year of good health and prosperity, as you continue to make life meaningful for the less fortunate.

As a result of your generous donations, we have been able to directly help hundreds who have been affected by the great flood that occured in Thailand.

Because of your compassion, the despondents were given life-paks which included meals to stave their hunger, dried foodstuff for when no one could reach them and when there is no electricity to cook their food, portable and hygenic toilets to prevent the spread of diseases, medicines for fungal infections that are rampant when the body is in contact with water all the time, milk powder and pampers for the babies, and most important of all, clean drinking water, when even the public utilites were infiltrated with the flood waters that flowed through heavy industrial parks and sewerage.

When the Kasetsart University in Nakhon Prathom set up the Evacuation Centre (for people as well as animals) there, the Foundation donated shampoo to the centre, provided the children evacuees with activities, and our team of volunteers even bathed the distressed dogs of flood victims as well! In addition, blankets were donated in time for the cold weather in the evacuation centre. Volunteer also helped with physical therapy too!

At the same time, the disaster had also affected the rice fields in the North-east province of Saelaphum, and the Foundation was able to help with the rehabilitative efforts there.

Meanwhile, youth volunteers learnt how to make biodegradeable detergents, which were then given to the flood victims when they had to clean up the mess left by the flood.

Due to the floodwaters that had flowed from the north down to the lower central plains near Bangkok, it had left the distric of Chalongkrung like an island, surrounded by water, and the community there were unable to leave their homes because the water level was too high for cars or trucks to drive through. The Foundation responded by bringing life-paks to the children and their families, as soon as the flood receded, to help lighten the burden on the families, as they were mostly labourers receiving daily wages.

Post-flood Relief work also included giving out Christmas presents to help cheer badly affected flood victims who lived by the river banks in Ayutthaya, as well as gathering data from victim for researchers who were looking into the responses of the authorities, speed of news of the coming disaster and source of help.

At the same time post-flood rehabilitative sponsorships were given to 20 victims who were badly affected to help them get back to normalcy in life.

The Foundation again wishes to thank all who had a share in Making the World a Better Place through your Giving!

 

Best regards
Vena Lung
Project Leader
(any feedback and comments are most welcome to help us serve you and those being helped better )


 
   

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