Learning to plan and shop efficiently.
Pattaya City is still a city with curfews, restrictions on openings and no tourists. This is devastating for a town that relies almost 100% on tourism. "In regions almost solely relying on tourism for an income – Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Gulf and Andaman islands and touristy areas around Bangkok – up to 90% of the front-line tourism businesses have closed." (Thai Tiger, online news forum).
Thousands of people are desperate for food, housing and of course employment which not only give financial income but also self-esteem and a hope for the future. The Hand to Hand Foundation has been providing employment for 36 people since January 2020 through skills training programs which include sewing face masks, cooking, growing fruits and vegetables, furniture making and jewelry making. Our goal is to not only provide employment opportunities to meet immediate needs but to also equip people with skills that can be used when the economy and city begin to flourish again.
With these skills many of these people will be able set up small enterprise businesses such as selling food, jewelry, furniture from small market stands. It is important therefore for these people to also be equipped with skills of budgeting, shopping and basic accounting and administration skills. During the past few months we have been training these participants to help with the registration and recording of families who are seeking help and food from the foundation. They have been involved with the planning and purchasing of food and other resources to equip them with the skills of managing finances.
We continue to help support the local ice cream vendor who comes to give free ice creams when we are giving out food care packages. At the end of the day Hand to Hand Foundation pays for all the ice cream given, which is helping keep not only him, but his supplier in business. The smiles on children's faces makes this an even more exciting project. A little bit of joy in the desperation brings great relief.
Thank you so much for being a part of this program which is helping families today and in the future.
Learning to budget efficiently.
Using fresh herbs and spices from our garden.
Using fresh vegetables from our gardens.
Learning administration skills too!
Learning to carve fresh vegetables.
Learning to prepare fresh meals for the hungry.
Serving food in reusable containers.
Our trainees... a job well done!