Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand

by Foundation for Life
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Front gate of Chusilp (pronounced Choosin) School
Front gate of Chusilp (pronounced Choosin) School

Brief background on the Raincoat Project

The Raincoat project was initiated by our Volunteer and part-time staff, who had kidney problems, needing dialysis 3 times/wk. In the last 3 months, she had to undergo an operation and she took about a month to recover, which was lots of ups and downs for her physically.

When she was better, about 3 weeks ago, she got enough strength to go and buy the raincoats, which we sent down to Nakhon Si Thammarat province, to a small and rather poor school there.

On 19 November, while we were organising a national event for our members in Chonburi, we got the sad news that Jo had suddenly passed away. This was the last project that she had intentionally wanted to see done.

Updates

On 22-23 November: 3 volunteers and a staff flew down to the south to visit the Choosin School there. They reported that it had rained heavily few days before, but for the 2 days that we were there, it was sunny and hot. 

In addition to the raincoats, the Foundation also added "Riceberry" rice for all the teachers and staffs, together with a notepad for all the children, as well as a special Mana rice for the school (this rice was specially produced with added protein and vitamins for the needed nourishment)

I was impressed that the school even took in a group of autistic children to help them integrate to mainstream.

On 4 December: the school told us that the floods that was reported in the local Thai news, has affected their school too. The run-off from the mountainous region and the heavy rains has drained into the lowlands on the way to the  sea and were blocked by elevated roads, causing flooding to the main township.

The raincoats had come in handy at a time the kids needed them, but unfortunately, the school has to be closed because the grounds are in water. The local authorities are trying their best to alleviate the problems there. Meanwhile, the school cannot do very much since the whole province is inundated following 6 days of heavy rainfall. 

Urgent Action and Help Needed:

In view of the suffering that the school will face when the flood waters subside.... all the cleaning and the expenses that will be incurred for the repairs of the school, our Foundation will attempt to raise funds to help them out for their after-flood rehabilitation. 

Our heart goes out to them, for this Christmas will not be so merry for those living there in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

We appeal to you, our supporters and partners for your generosity towards this purpose and thank you in advance for making this Season of Giving a truly meaningful Time!

Thank you once again!

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Vena

Before and After the Flood- Within the School
Before and After the Flood- Within the School
Meeting Hall becomes elevated parking for sch cars
Meeting Hall becomes elevated parking for sch cars
Rooms and Equipment soaked in flood water pastweek
Rooms and Equipment soaked in flood water pastweek
Children receive Gifts of Raincoats etc 23 Nov16
Children receive Gifts of Raincoats etc 23 Nov16
Children who will be receiving raincoats soon
Children who will be receiving raincoats soon

Raincoats for children in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

The rain and thunderstorms in Thailand seem to travel from the northern down to the southern provinces, from the months of June through December. At the moment, the Capital city of Bangkok is experiencing the last batch of rains as the cold weather begins to set in in the Northern regions of the country. Meanwhile, the rains will start to be heavy in the Southern provinces of the country.

Nakhon Si Thammarat province is one such place, where, in the Choosin School where we have contacts with, they face yearly flooding, and in some years, classrooms and school equiptment were destroyed due to the  flash floods that occur frequently there. As the school is a small private school, first established to help the needy families, their yearly predicament was largely missed by the local authorities as funding gets directed to other areas that were directly under the government's care.

Through our network of volunteers, the Foundation got to know of this school and the severe flooding there. Thus,  we moved in rapidly to help them in their plight, by providing educational materials and other equipments to replace those that were destroyed by the flood... a total of 43 boxes were sent!

As a result, the Foundation has been keeping an eye on the happenings of the region there, and decided that funds would be raised for providing the children with raincoats to protect them from being sick as a result of being wet, when they have to travel to school during the monsoon season. Through the help of the Lions Club (Fort Canning) in Singapore, we have raised some funds towards this end.

At the moment, it seemed that the rainy season are about to reach their area, and our volunteers have been alerted, and will be purchasing the raincoats for the kids there and sending the items down south soon.

The Foundation thanks all who have been involved and following us in our work and for all donations that have come in to help the needy, and would appreciate any feedbacks that you may have to better our work.

With gratitude,

Vena

Severe flooding in school office premises
Severe flooding in school office premises
Some items being packed
Some items being packed
All 43 boxes
All 43 boxes
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
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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Windy paths of Mae Hong Son
Windy paths of Mae Hong Son

Keeping the Little Ones Warm

About a little over a year ago, the Foundation met with Padcha, when she came for training in a course that would help volunteers who wanted to have a progressinve  program for children and youths.

She had traveled all the way from Mae Hong Son to Bangkok in attempt to equip herself with the tools neccessary to reach out to the children and youths. Padcha informed us that she and husband have the vision to help children and youths whose parents were drug addicts.

In the course of training, we also found out that she resides in the north in Mae Hong Son, up in the north among the mountainous area, rather far from the the conveniences of the city centres. Besides, the children that they look after are generally from the needy and broken homes.

Sometime in December, the  Foundation reconnected with Padcha, and found that they were in need of warm accessories, especially for the little ones in the kindergarten nearby. Without hesitation, the Foundation sent the beanies (winter caps) that volunteers were still helping to knit, over to Padcha for her use.

"Thanks for your quick response, the children were elated to recieve the gifts from the Foundation for Life... it was a very appropriate Christmas gift!" wrote Padcha via the social media to us.

The Foundation thanks all donors who have been so faithfully supporting us, without whose help we will not be able to extend to the disadvantaged when they are in need. We would also appreciated any suggestions that would help improve our services to the underprivileged.

May we also take this opportunity to wish all supporters a Very Happy and Purposeful Year ahead!

P. with some of the children
P. with some of the children
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Let's try this for size!
Looking Good ... and feels warm too!
Looking Good ... and feels warm too!
 

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Foundation for Life

Location: Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​www.forlife.or.th
Project Leader:
Vena Lung
Volunteer to the Foundation for Life
Bangkok, Thailand

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