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Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand

by Hand to Hand Foundation
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Feed 1275 slum dwellers for a year in Thailand
Thankful that today he got to eat!
Thankful that today he got to eat!

The corona COVID 19 virus has caused destruction all over the world causing both death and hardship.  Pattaya is a medium sized coastal town in Thailand and 80% of the residents rely on the tourist industry for jobs and survival. With countries in lock down there have been no tourists for many months causing hotels, restaurants, shows and bars to close leaving those who worked there without an income and housing.

It is typical in Thailand for workers to receive a small free room to live in as part of their income.When they loose their job they also loose a place to live. Many live day to day and so a loss of employment also leaves families without any money for food and basics.

In many countries over the world it was difficult to buy staple foods and products as people ran out to purchase these in large quantities. In Pattaya the shop shelves were never empty, because people did not have the money to purchase food.

Hand to Hand Foundation and other organisations began the impossible task of trying feed the thousands of people in need. Lines for food literally extended for kilometers and daily many missed out as there was simply not enough.

Hand to Hand Foundation has been working with the government to coordinate food distribution to the most needy in an orderly manner, which included social distancing and protecting people from the heat, sun and traffic as they waitied. Our food distribution begins at 11:30am and some people are so desperate they begin to line up from 4:30am. The other day a mother recieved food for the fist time in 3 days for her children. As she excitedly left with the prized meals one dropped to the ground. Without a thought or hesitation the food was scooped out of the dirt and eaten. (We gave them more food!)

We cook meals, make packs with rice, noodles, tins of fish, salt, fish sauce and oil and give them freely to those in need. The scale of what we do costs about $700 a day to feed approximately 500 people. Thank you to all those who have given. The need is great everywhere. We appreciate every donation big or small... it could be the difference between a child eating or going hungry for yet another night.

People wait in line for up to 7 hours!
People wait in line for up to 7 hours!
Getting ready to go!
Getting ready to go!
The elderly cannot stand for 7 hours!
The elderly cannot stand for 7 hours!
Food preparation
Food preparation
Thanks for a tent to sleep in given by Hemmingways
Thanks for a tent to sleep in given by Hemmingways
Visiting those who cannot come!
Visiting those who cannot come!
Thanks for all your support Hemmingways
Thanks for all your support Hemmingways
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Thanawat is thriving with proper nutrition.
Thanawat is thriving with proper nutrition.

 

Wow what a year 2019 has been for us and through your support we have fed 3 850 families and a total of 19, 116 people. Everyone from old homeless people to new borns who were abandoned at birth.

Thanawat is a special little boy who is very disabled and he has been fed through a nasal gastric tube all of his life. He cannot walk, talk or see and when we would visit him, he didn't move much or respond to touch. After a year of having proper nutrition he has nbow gained weight and he makes squeals of delight when he hears us coming. His smile lights up the room when you stroke his face and he is now very responsive. His grandma is so thankful and happy too as she watches him thrive and grow. 

We had a Christmas party for approximately 200 people and each family recieved a 5kg bag of rice. We also gave out bags of rice in the slum families and to our pre school families. In total we gave away almost 600 kg of rice in 1 week. 

Thank you so much for your generosity that enables us to make a difference in these people lives because without your support we simply could not do this!

Happy New Year and we are excited about helping more people in 2020!

Thanawat and his family
Thanawat and his family
A severely disabled boy and family recieve food.
A severely disabled boy and family recieve food.
Joy is getting some rice to feed your family.
Joy is getting some rice to feed your family.
Pre school families also recieved rice.
Pre school families also recieved rice.
Thankful for everything
Thankful for everything
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A  small garden in a slum community
A small garden in a slum community

Pattaya is experience=ing a building 'boom' and with that becomes a greater need for land areas to deelop. This has resulted in 2 slum ares being destroyed to make way for progress but leaving hundreds of families with no where to go. This has made our job even harder as we look for those who have fled lookng for a spare piece of land to inhabit. We are also meeting many new families who are desperate for the basic food and hygiene supplies. Walking away and pretending we didn't see their plight is simply not an option for us. How many can we feed? A many as we need too!!!

We have been helping some communities who have some spare land available, grow easy vegetables and herbs which is providing not only a great supplement to their diet but alo giving them a boost to their self esteem.

Thank you so mcuh for partnering with us. Every dollar counts, especially when you have nothing to feed your child! Every Friday we spend 4 hours driving to approximately 10 different slu communities delivering food, medicine, hygeing products and bucket loads of love and joy too!

Some of the produce ready to eat.
Some of the produce ready to eat.
We grow them BIG!!
We grow them BIG!!
Spreading the love!
Spreading the love!
Taking care of the elderly
Taking care of the elderly
Time of fellowship in the slum.
Time of fellowship in the slum.
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This boy relies on the piqufied food we deliver.
This boy relies on the piqufied food we deliver.

It is with sadness and joy that we tell you all Khun Jalan died this month. She was very elderly lady who lived in the slum and passed away in her sleep. Thanks to your generous donations we were able to provide not only staple foods in her last days but also some of her favourite treats too.

Thank you for all of your generous doantions which enable us to purchase specialised liquid foods for our severely disabled children who cannot swallow. They are fed by either a nasal gastric tube or line directly into their tummy. Their families simply cannot afford this food which means that are often fed any liquids resulting in malnutriciton and poor health. Your donations are literally a life line to these children.

This month we also gave each family a small bottle of diswashing liquid which can be refilled for free when we visit each week. The aim is to improve hygeine which will lead to improved health. Sometimes it is the mall things that make the big difference. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Receiving food and dishwahing liquid
Receiving food and dishwahing liquid
A paralysed lady receiving food
A paralysed lady receiving food
Receiving some fruit as an extra bonus
Receiving some fruit as an extra bonus
Sharing love and smiles too.
Sharing love and smiles too.
The walk into the slums.
The walk into the slums.

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Right now it is Songkran or Thai New Year in Thailand and the food that you help to purchase will enable these people to celebrate with a simple meal.

We are so thankful to everyone who generously donated towards food for the 77 families in the slum that we provide food for every week. We give out over 160 kgs of rice every week as well as 160 packs of mama noodles and 160 tins of sardines. We give out 80 bottles of oil, fish sauce, bags of salt and packs of rice noodles too. 

In addtition to this disabled children recieve milk formula and elderly people receive incontinence pads and fresh fruit. These are all just the basic needs which make a huge difference to the lives of these people. It is the difference between a child going to bed on a full or an empty tummy.

We simply could not do this without your support so thank you very much.

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Hand to Hand Foundation

Location: Pattaya - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Margaret Grainger
Pattaya, Chon Buri Thailand
$3,700 raised of $22,500 goal
 
59 donations
$18,800 to go
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