Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand

by Foundation for Life
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Yom River banks overflow in Sukkhothai
Yom River banks overflow in Sukkhothai

Eversince the devastation of the 2011 Floods in Thailand, the country has been on the alert for further flooding this year. The Government has spent billions repairing and improving infrastructures for flood prevention. Corporations that had their factories submerged in the flood waters have made preparations on flood prevention measures, in coorperation with the government.

Yet inspite of all these, when the rainy season started in July, and with the incoming tropical storms, the rivers started to swell and northern provinces experience flash floods, some lasting slightly more than 2 weeks, affecting businesses, schools and homes.

The lastest on the flood situation in Thailand is as follows: 15 provinces has already experienced the floods at present (24 September 2012), affecting 70,818 homes and 214,220 people.

On 24 Sep, we got news from our volunteer in Phisanuloke province, that the district of Bang Rakam is experiencing flooding. This is  district is situated in the lowlands along the River Yom, and it receives water from the Sukothai province. Every year the Sukothai province will experience floods at least for 2 months of the year, and the Bang rakam province will thus be affected as well.

As a result the Foundation will be getting our volunteer there to survey the damages experienced by the families and to see what help is needed for them there.

4 October: Our volunteer had to go to the flooded area and interview the situation amidst transportation difficulties, buy and bring the food supplies right up to the doorsteps of those who were affected. She interviewed and gave out life-paks to 31 families who needed it most, and these victims voiced their heartfelt gratitude, as assistance came in timely, since most of them were daily waged employees who live from hand to mouth and the flood had affected their jobs as well.

Meanwhile, the Foundation has been on the lookout for those victims whom we have helped last year. The floodwaters are flowing southwards, nearing those who had been affected. We will be on the alert and will be watching out, ready to give assistance when needed.

The Foundation is grateful to all donors who have sacrificed your earnings, so as to help the less fortunate, who are unable to get out of the poverty cycle without outside help. We also welcome any feedback or comments that will enable us to better our services to those in need.

With sincere thanks.... from the Thai people

Flood in Prachinburi, 24 Sep 2012
Flood in Prachinburi, 24 Sep 2012
Villagersaffected by the floods, Sep-Oct 2012
Villagersaffected by the floods, Sep-Oct 2012
Home alone elderly receives help during the flood
Home alone elderly receives help during the flood
Flooded village that was assisted
Flooded village that was assisted
Shelters away from home
Shelters away from home
Assisting a family affected by the floods
Assisting a family affected by the floods

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:

As I was driven around the neighborhood where Foundation For Life responded to the floodings in 2011, Vena explained that they went where they received calls for help. A majority of this happened near the river. The flooding lasted 2-3 weeks in cenral Bangkok and FFL responded to areas that were not receiving supplies and support with volunteers providing emergency survival packs, food, water, blankets, and diapers because parents of young children began to request them. Vena, the project leader, explained: “imagine rubbish and dead dogs floating to your home in stagnant water for weeks.” Not only this but many people were dying from electrocution since many downed power lines and outlets, that were not turned off, were exposed to unknowning people wading through the waters. 

Another Founation For Life staff explained that the waters rose in 30 minutes. When it began to flood, one volunteer from Foundation for Life called for help. The water rose to flood the entire first floor so the large family had to all move upstairs – where they stayed for 2 weeks.  When I arrived with Foundation for Life staff, the mother started crying. The whole event was so traumatizing for her and her family both emotionally and physically because both her and her husband had strokes before the flood. Foundation For Life returns frequently to check on the family. When leaving, we were thanked continuously by the family.

You can still see the lines of where the flood waters rose and stayed. At a workshop I hosted, I saw someone knitting something. This would be one of the hats that would be distributed to children in the north and perhaps In future floods. Volunteers knitting hats and blankets for the oncoming cold season as well as for future disaster. 

Remnants of the flood - damaged door
Remnants of the flood - damaged door

Part 2, Emergency Flood Relief Operations

         At the height of the Flood in Bangkok, an urgent phone call came to our office for help. Our Volunteer, Staporn was on the other end of the line, and she sounded very anxious, as she related how the floodwater had filled her home overnight, as the family was sleeping. She was very worried for her parents, both of whom had stroke and were not able to move with ease (especially her dad, who was wheelchair bound). The sales of food and water was also in shortage, and medication was scarce.

With this call for help, the Foundation for Life decided to once again round up volunteers to cook, pack and deliver food, water, medication, portable toilets etc. to this volunteer and those who live in her neighbourhood.

Again we have a video clip of the Emergency Flood Relief Operations for your viewing, as it would show you what it was like at that time. Kindly link to the following website below:

http://youtu.be/B2dgN4Tc7Dc

Your help in advocating for our work would mean that the Thai people get the help that they need. Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

 With gratitude,

 Vena Lung

Links:

Dear Donors and Supporters of the “Blanket Them with Love” Project,

Although many events has happened in Thailand for the Year 2011, nothing beats the memory of the Great Deluge that flooded 65 provinces, killing 815 people, destroying 13 million rais or 5 million acres of farmland, affecting the lives of 13 million lives, and devastating industrial parks that caused global supply shortages!

In the midst of such great disaster where callousness, self-centredness and despair abound, the Foundation for Life has found compassion, altruism and hope, especially in you, through the Global Giving network, Thus the Foundation could not but respond by making greater efforts to round up local donors and volunteers to aid in the immediate flood relief work. As a result, we can truly testify that goodness and love still exist in our world today.

 In all 2,000 emergency lifepacks have been given out, together with drinking water, pampers, dried foodstuff, milk powder, medication, portable toilets, etc.. As the saying goes, "A picture paints a thousand words" so we have posted a link for you to browse in the youtube:

http://youtu.be/OkyqLmagP4A

Your help in advocating for our work would mean that the Thai people get the help that they need. Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

 With gratitude,

 Vena Lung

Links:

Cars parked on Motorways to escape from the floods
Cars parked on Motorways to escape from the floods

Updates on the Situation of Thailand Floods (3 Nov, 20 11)

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is now in a critical situation. From a previous expectation that the authorities could save the inner city, NOW, it has been made known that all 50 districts in Bangkok will be flooded.

The data that we have for today (3 Nov) is:

437 dead, 2 missing, with 63 provinces inundated, 3 million families and nearly 10 million people affected.

The huge amount of water that had been in the north of Bangkok for the last 2 weeks has moved southward, and has infiltrated the main roads and streets, causing bad traffic and eventually no traffic, as even huge army trucks are unable to pass through.

For now, the Mayor of Bangkok has warned residents in the Lardprao district to be on high alert. When the water reaches this area, many businesses would definitely be affected, especially if the flood gets high.

We went out to survey in areas where near us, including the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Cars were parked along the motorways to escape the coming floodwaters and gigantic sandbags weighing about 2 tons, lined the road. Meanwhile eggs are scarce and sold for as high as 10 bahts each (where it used to be about 2 to 3 bahts each). Bottled water is no longer available in mini-marts, even in bigger supermarkets like the Tesco Lotus near us!

The Foundation for Life called for urgent help from volunteers via social media, to come to help cook and pack food for evacuees who were at the Chulalongkong University. Some 25 volunteers came to help. By noon the food was ready and volunteers went to deliver the food to the Evacuation Centre. Following that, the group joined hundreds of other volunteers in packing some more food, emergency life-packs, as well as in producing the portable toilet.

It was a tiring day but we all felt that it was good experience. Nut said, “ It was good to have been able to help in the packing as a group, otherwise it would have taken ages to pack the one thousand sets that we did today."

Your help in advocating for our relief work would mean that people get the help that they need. 

Many thanks.

Yummy Garlic fried chicken
Yummy Garlic fried chicken
Many hands make light work
Many hands make light work
Letting the rice cool to prevent spoilage
Letting the rice cool to prevent spoilage
Some hardwork
Some hardwork
Putting in big bags
Putting in big bags
Sandbag barriers about 2m high built by shops
Sandbag barriers about 2m high built by shops
Packing emergency life-packs
Packing emergency life-packs
More packing of food
More packing of food
Volunteer filing the portable toilet
Volunteer filing the portable toilet
Fixing toiletry package under the chair
Fixing toiletry package under the chair
Sanding the toilet hole
Sanding the toilet hole
Portable Toilet ready to Go!
Portable Toilet ready to Go!
Eggs are scarce
Eggs are scarce

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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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