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
450kg of rice lasts just 1 week!
450kg of rice lasts just 1 week!

Thailand is beginning to go through the worst covid 19 outbreak they have had, which brings sickness and fear and more unemployment and financial hardship as more businesses close. Pattaya is a city whose economy relies mainly upon the tourist market and with only a handful of visitors, many businesses that we're able to keep going have simply run out of money.

The government can supply some financial support; however, this is not easily accessed by the poor and uneducated. Many of these people don't have a fixed address and are therefore unable to access any assistance. In addition to this most of the support is distributed through an e-wallet which requires the user to have a smartphone and access to the internet to use this service. Once again most of the people we assist have no access to either of these tools.

At present we are distributing 450kg of rice every week in addition to hundreds of cooked meals. As the job is too big for our small team to handle, we employ some of the unemployed to help us cook.

Our gardens continue to flourish and we are also growing a lot of the fruit and vegetables that we are distributing. We have been training up the poor to assist us with this and also providing a small stipend to help them with extra food for their families. Next month we hope to begin planting these types of gardens in the slum areas where people can grow their own food. The people we have been training will become the experts in the field. Our major drawback is purchasing large water tanks to supply water to the gardens and soil. Once we have these we can move quite quickly to start the gardens and produce a bountiful harvest all over Pattaya!

Making 5kg packs of rice.
Making 5kg packs of rice.
Lines of people waiting for their food.
Lines of people waiting for their food.
Families grateful for rice!
Families grateful for rice!
Serving cooked meals!!!
Serving cooked meals!!!
Happy Families receiving gifts of food.
Happy Families receiving gifts of food.
Growing bananas!
Growing bananas!
Cooking up the bananas!
Cooking up the bananas!
Rose apples!
Rose apples!
Food we have grown!
Food we have grown!

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Feeding families with young children.
Feeding families with young children.

The number of people coming to Pattaya for tourism has been very low since March. The hopes that the tourists would come back and breathe life into the many businesses is getting fainter by the day. Nine months into the effects of Covid 19 many people in Pattaya are getting even more desperate. The little government assistance that was available to the few has dried up. This means there are even more people now living on the poverty line.

One of the remarkable things that encourage us greatly is that we are finding those who have a little are sharing with those who have nothing. The spirit of generosity and care for other members of the community are drawing those in the city even closer together.

Hand to Hand visits over 100 families every week, up from 77 families we were feeding at the beginning of the year. This number continues to grow families are referred by Pattaya City Social workers and families we meet in our visits to the slums.

We have a very comprehensive process that families must go through in order to receive assistance. This is so that we effectively meet the needs of each individual family whilst also ensuring that the family actually needs assistance. One of the newest families we have met involves a family of 4. The 2 children could no longer attend school due to a lack of finances. The father has had a severe motorbike accident and is completely paralysed and the other is his full-time carer, thus she is also unable to work. The family could not afford food, rent, education and medical treatment, etc. Hand to Hand Foundation has provided them with a free room, the children are on our scholarship program, we assist with medical needs and pampers for the dad and of course, they also have food. Assisting this family goes well beyond just taking them food every week. Our approach is holistic to provide the best support we possibly can. This family is one story of many. 

Thank you so much for all of your generosity that makes such a huge difference to many families.

Babies need extra care
Babies need extra care
The elderly often have no one else to help them.
The elderly often have no one else to help them.
Bringing food and hope!
Bringing food and hope!
Signing for food parcels, ensuring accountability.
Signing for food parcels, ensuring accountability.
The poor bringing food they have grown to share.
The poor bringing food they have grown to share.
They are so thankful.
They are so thankful.
It's not just about food but love too!
It's not just about food but love too!

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A cooked meal
A cooked meal

All over the world these are desperate times for so many and in Pattaya, Thailand there are 1000's of people needing the basic essentials to feed their families. Every week the Hand to Hand Foundation has been giving approximately 1000 care packs of food with rice, tins of fish, oil, fish sauce, noodles and salt. In addition to this we are cooking approximately 350 cooked meals to distribute. The plight of the elderly and disabled is even more dire as they simply cannot go out and join the long lines to receive food. Providing protein powders, milk and soft food to these people has also become one of our priorities. 

We are so thankful to everyone who gives so we can go. Without your support we could not help this many people.

Some people have moved back to rural country areas to live with extended families which has also placed a big strain on them as many of these areas are currently in drought. With poor crop harvests, no work every little bit helps.

Thank you so much!

Some of the 1000 care  packages we give each week.
Some of the 1000 care packages we give each week.
Thankful for some food to eat.
Thankful for some food to eat.
One of our many trips to macro!
One of our many trips to macro!
This is what thankfulness looks like!
This is what thankfulness looks like!
The children from our foundation helping to serve.
The children from our foundation helping to serve.
Caring for elderly and infirm.
Caring for elderly and infirm.

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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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Hand to Hand Foundation

Location: Pattaya - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Margaret Grainger
Pattaya, Chon Buri Thailand
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