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Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand

by Foundation for Life
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand
Students in the Bawrirak School
Students in the Bawrirak School

The Weather May Be Cold, But Hearts Are Warmed

It is the usual practice of the Foundation for Life, that throughout the year, efforts were made to send out requests and collect warm items in preparation for the coming cold weather around Christmas and the New Year seasons.

This year was no different, and before the wintry months descended on the highlands and in the north and north-eastern parts of Thailand, the Foundation was busy with the final collection, sorting, packing, labelling and sending boxes of warm  items, especially for the children and the elderly who live in these colder areas of the country.

One of the places that these items went to, was to the Hilltribe children who are studying in Chiangmai, Bawrirak School. The kids there were all excited as the  teachers opened the cardboard boxes of winter beanies. Many received the colors that they liked and immediately tore off the packaging to try them on.

"Look at how handsome I am,"said a boy, while another looks on, saying that he looked better.

In a different part of Thailand in the province of Chiangrai, another group of exicted children waited eagerly as the winter beanines were distributed, again trying them out immediately and happy smiles were on their faces, as the weather was turning cold when distribution carried out.

Thanks to all volunteers and donors who helped to make this Christmas and New Year season a happy one for those who experienced the cold this year.

May you find joy knowing that many "heads" and especially hearts were warmed by your gesture of good will!

Some Happy Handsome Boys  with the Beanies
Some Happy Handsome Boys with the Beanies
Karen Tribe Kids in Chiangrai Try out Beanies
Karen Tribe Kids in Chiangrai Try out Beanies
Toddler with his new winter cap
Toddler with his new winter cap
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The level of Flood outside
The level of Flood outside

Flooding again and  Roof Collapse 

Even as Saengchan , our volunteer had prepared herself , in readiness to help those in her district that usually face flooding during the rainy seaon, it was truly a shock to her and her family, when they themselves had to face the calamity, when a tree that was next to her house collapse and crashed in the roof , during the night.

The Wang Thong district in Phisanuloke, being on low level ground, perpetually faces flooding in that area, whenever the river banks broke. This time,as the water rose, the soil, which had seen repeated flooding, must have been so loose that that roots of the big tree that was next to Saengchan's house, could not hold itself and fell through the roof of her house.

What a it was for Saengchan's family , when it happened in the middle of the night. Fortuanately, no one was hurt in the incident. The surrounding areas were also flooded, and Saengchan made her way to survey damages that had affect the neighbourhood, and report to us the immediate needs of the families that were needing help.

Basic neccessities were quickly distributed and financial aid was given.

"Please help us to convey our heartfelt thanks to the donors of the Foundation for Life, " said a beneficiary to Saengchan, for the help that was extended to then.

Saengchan also said,"thanks too for the assistance offered for the collapsed roof for my house!"

The Foundation for Life can only go as far as you, our generous donors go along with us, and we too are truly grateful for your continued support and partnership for those poor and needy, who would likely have to face the same calamity over and over again, as they have no means to be able to move from their home, where they live and work.

Any feedback or suggestions to better our services to those in need is greatly appreciated.

The Extent of the Damage of Collapse Roof
The Extent of the Damage of Collapse Roof
Preparing to Distribute to Flood Victims
Preparing to Distribute to Flood Victims
Thankful Recipients
Thankful Recipients
Thankful Recipients
Thankful Recipients
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Flooded farmland with early harvest
Flooded farmland with early harvest

On Alert and In Preparation for Need

The Rainy season has arrived and this year the north-eastern parts of Thailand has been affected. This region that is usually known for being dry, has not seen flooding in many years. According to the local newspaper, BangkokPost, the economic damanges caused by the numerous flash floods to about 36 provinces, has not been  great, as most of the region are farmland. Nonetheless, the government is preparing relief aids for farmers. 

As the floods slowly subside from the Isan (or north-east )regions, it would be expected that the rain clouds would start  moving  southwards, as is the usual pathway for Thailand. 

Another factor that accompanies the rains and floods, would be that these same areas would see a drop in temperature, when the cold weather descends in the months of November through February.

Thus the Foundation is on the alert for needs for emergency food supply, if the rains affect larger population in the towns and cities, and also is prepaing for donations of warm clothings, knitted caps and blankets,when the cold weather comes.

Saeng, who is our volunteer in the province of Pisanulok, said "the flood in my area has not been significant so far, and I will certain alert the Foundation when need arises"

Meanwhile our contacts in some region of Isan have not reported any immediate needs, but the Foundation is poised for action should help be required.

The Foundation thanks all donors who have been partners with us in our endeavor to bring relief to sufferring, and pleads with you for continued support so that we would have the funds and resources ready at all times, as these get depleted very quickly once crises happen.

Best regards

Vena

Road cut off due to heavily drenched soil
Road cut off due to heavily drenched soil
Cataloging & Keeping Stock of knitted winter caps
Cataloging & Keeping Stock of knitted winter caps
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Flood in the City
Flood in the City

The Raining Season - Floods us with Memories

It is the rainy season yet again, and with it, our Foundation is flooded with memories of many instances where floodwaters has caused many people grieve and loss, but at the same time it has made many more Thai people rise up to become volunteers who has impacted the lives of many others.

As we remember the Great Flood of 2011,where the whole country was underwater for months, in various  provinces,  we realised that our Foundations work for flood victims was greatest during this time and we had great love and help pouring in from around the world because of GlobalGiving's support.

As we continued this outreach in the years that followed, together with distributing warm clothings to those affected by the cold (which normally follow the flooded regions), we have seen many local Thais also having the volunteer spirit, making sacrifices so that others who are in worse conditions may be helped.

While the foundation is now on high alert for any help that we may give, we also want to remember and follow the example of our volunteer, Wanee Techrachawong, who being a kidney patient for 10 years, on dialysis 3 times weekly, suffering weakness and pain, many times in low spirit because of her ill health, yet how many more times she has pulled herself up, and travelled across distances to give encouragement and to gather and distribute sponsored items for the victims and sufferers.

Therefore we would like also to honor her work in this  newletter, in her memory, as she has passed away suddenly, right after she said to us that she had finished the last project that she had taken on, a few weeks before. (Kindly see the VDO in her memory attached below)

Our Foundation would will continue to serve those in need, from the floods and the cold, as long as you, our supporters continue to believe in our work,and  are ever thankful for all your help, financially, in kind and in advice. THANK YOU AGAIN!

Floods in the Country-side
Floods in the Country-side
Floods in the Capital, Bangkok
Floods in the Capital, Bangkok
Kindly see VDO attached in YouTube
Kindly see VDO attached in YouTube

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The Height of the Flooding
The Height of the Flooding

The Rainbow After the Floods

As most of our donors have been alerted in the last report on the flood in the province of Nakhon Sithammarad (on 5 December), you probably remembered that the Choosin school had faced a bout of flooding right after the Foundation had visited and given out raincoats to the children there. As a result, the school had to be suspended due to stagnant water that had nowhere to flow because the whole city was affected, and the clean-up that followed.

However, you may not have heard of the second flooding that followed. Sometimes disasters have a way of hitting those who are down. From 5th to the 11th January, the constant heavy downpour and tropical storm that hit the province was worse than the one that happened 1 month before and the suffering from the second time was worse than the first and the damage was massive.

The school director who is already in her 70s, was messaging to our Foundation, as the second flood came, recording how the water was inching upwards, and she watched in horror as the the flood waters slowly reached up to knee level and then to the chest. In some areas the flood waters reached up to the people's necks!

Mrs Kanitha wrote in her sms to us, "In my 70 years of my life living here, I have never seen a flood this high!" She also described how the whole city was like a dead town, as everywhere was under water and food was scarce. In fact the news said that the only bridge that was used for the river crossing for major transportation southwards, had been severed and there was no way food could reach the stranded city.

It was only with the ingenuity of some jetski owners from Phuket, who were able to bring in some neccesities for the people of Nakhon Sithammarad.

By the time the flood slowly subsided, hundreds of the books, important documents, and many of the computers were destroyed. For a small, private school that caters to the poor and needy, with little assistance from the government, their loss was colossal.

Because of the floods, the energies of the staff was taken up with a massive clean-up (yet again) and  retreiving whatever could be salvaged.

Our Foundation therefore made another urgent call for help, asking for 400 gifts to be given to the students and also a remote seaside village in Bak-Pa-Nang, where they suffered for longer because of high tides and run-off from the main city.

We are thankful to all donors who answered the call for help, as we were able to collect 650 gifts in time for Valentine's day, to show love to our fellow thais. In addition, rice and monetary helps were also given to the teachers and the school to help in the recovery from the devastation.

Again, thank you donors for being that Rainbow after the Floods!

Gratefully yours!

Books and Furniture Destroyed
Books and Furniture Destroyed
Educational Materials Damaged
Educational Materials Damaged
Massive and Tiring Clean-up
Massive and Tiring Clean-up
Bringing Love to the Children
Bringing Love to the Children
Happy Child with Gift
Happy Child with Gift
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Foundation for Life

Location: Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Vena Lung
Volunteer to the Foundation for Life
Bangkok, Thailand
$35,075 raised of $40,000 goal
 
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