Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand

by Foundation for Life
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,


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


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'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!


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 ...

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Foundation for Life

Location: Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Vena Lung
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Bangkok, Thailand

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