Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand

by Foundation for Life
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
Let
Let's try this for size!
Looking Good ... and feels warm too!
Looking Good ... and feels warm too!
Streets in Bangkok flooded after downpour
Streets in Bangkok flooded after downpour

Taking a Stance of Readyness

While  some volunteers of the Foundation were busy planning and organising  for supporters to come together to knit the Winter Hats (or Beannies), the land of Thailand faced the coming onslaught of the rainy season.

Downpours triggered by tropical storm Mujigae has caused 32 provinces to be put on alert. Residents were warned about heavy downpours , possibly cause flooding, runoff and landslides. Of the 32 provinces, 13 are in the North. In the province of Phitsanulok, where one of our volunteers reside, she was also on the lookout for any changes in the river level, because that's where the usual floods would take place.

Ever ready for an emergency, Saenchan told us, "Any time that you need  help, just let me know, for I have made myself available."

Meanwhile further south of Bangkok in Ratchaburi, continuous rains caused water levels in a crocodile farm's pits to rise, and 6 baby crocodiles escaped while workers were draining excessive water into a nearby canal. 4 were caught and 2 are still at large. (as reported by the Nation)

These are some of the dangers locals face, when the rainy season bring with it the floods. On top of this, families whose members consist of the elderly or the very young, has to contend with diseases that arise from being in water all the time, or from contaminated drinking water and unhealthy and damp living conditions.

Therefore, the Foundation has to be on the alert for any help that might be needed, taking a stance of readyness , for any emergencies that we can assist the needy in.

As such, the Foundation is thankful to all donors who enable and empower us to be channels for blessings to others.

Any feedback is most welcome to aid us to serve others better.

Ratchaburi flood with crocodiles on the loose
Ratchaburi flood with crocodiles on the loose
Yarn types, color and sizes up for selection
Yarn types, color and sizes up for selection

Preparing Way Ahead of Time

Although it seemed to be yet many months before the start of the cold season in November - December, the Foundation has been preparing to engage volunteers and donors to assist in the knitting of the winter hats this year.

One morning, Tik (Manager of the Foundation) received an overseas call from Sarah of Singapore. A group of volunteers has decided to assist the Foundation by commencing knitting classes / workshops for interested persons, sometime in June. As a result, preparation for the purchase of the yarn and knitting needles were underway for the events.

The Foundation also sought the help of a local yarn firm, to sell us their less-than-perfect yarn at a reasonable price as a gesture to help the poor and the needy in Thailand.

There were lots of consultation that went on between the volunteers who were planning for the training workshops and our staff, to decide on the type, the color and the sizes of both the yarns and the knitting needles as well. These volunteers, some of whom were our overseas friends and supporters, requested some of the material to be sent over to their country so that they may use them for the workshops.

When finally all was decided, the yarn and knitting needles were then bought and a even sent overseas to our volunteers there.

The Foundation is extremely grateful for our friends, volunteers and supporters especially from Singapore, who had taken this project up, to bless the poor and needy in Thailand.

Any feedbacks /  comments and fresh ideas are most welcome, to help us improve our services to those who need it most!

Best Regards!

Vena

Getting ready the Yarn for Knitting
Getting ready the Yarn for Knitting
Yarn being packed to be sent to volunteers
Yarn being packed to be sent to volunteers
Getting ready for shipment ...
Getting ready for shipment ...
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
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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Organization Information

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