EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING

by Hand to Hand Foundation
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
EMPOWERING THE POOR WITH SKILLS TRAINING
Learning to cook noodles
Learning to cook noodles

Pattaya Thailand has just experienced another 3 weeks of lockdown due to covid outbreaks which have resulted in more loss of income and a lot of desperation for the basics of food and housing. Unfortunately, this has also led to an increased amount of suicide and crime as people feel there is no hope and no way out. Giving out emergency food care packages certainly helps in the short term, but meaningful long-term assistance requires finding employment to build self-worth.

As we are cooking over 300 meals per week, we are employing uneducated and jobless people to assist us with the task of preparing and packaging food. We provide training which can also be used in a post covid world too. Our trainees transform from people without hope, to people full of self-esteem knowing they are not only helping themselves but others too.

Pre covid an elderly man sold ice creams from his cart to feed and educate his 4 grandchildren and also provide for his disabled wife. The mood for buying ice cream is non-existant and although he desired to work, he was unable to provide for his family. Our solution was to invite him to our centre 2 times per week to give ice cream for free to the 100's of people who come to receive food. Upon completion Hand to Hand pays him for the ice creams he gave out. Happy faces and tummies and a man who can now provide for his family. 

Finally as a part of our food growing project we needed stands to place our planter pots into. These were very expensive so we have been employing 3 jobless builders to make them using scrapwood lying about our place. We have tailor-made stands and they have an income.

Every day wear looking at new situations and creating new employment opportunities!

Making phad thai
Making phad thai
Packaging the food
Packaging the food
Ensuring there are even portions.
Ensuring there are even portions.
Food for a family.
Food for a family.
The boy said; "yeah we have food tonight!"
The boy said; "yeah we have food tonight!"
Providing employment through ice cream sales!
Providing employment through ice cream sales!
The seller and recipient are happy!
The seller and recipient are happy!
Using scraps of times to make planter pot stands.
Using scraps of times to make planter pot stands.
Custom made!
Custom made!
Just what we needed!
Just what we needed!
In use IMMEDIATELY!
In use IMMEDIATELY!
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A worker making face masks
A worker making face masks

Pattaya, Thailand is a city, whose economy, is dependent upon tourism and with the fallout from covid  19 thousands have been left jobless, homeless and hungry. The Hand to Hand Foundation has been delivering 1000's of care package and meals to these people, however this is not a long term solution. Providing a job means not only an income but also self esteem and purpose. 

We have continued to employ more people to make fabric masks which have 3 layers of different kinds of cloth. They are easily washable and dry quickly for reuse. So far we have distributed 7 500 masks for free to poor and disadvantaged people, publichospitals, human trafficking rescue centres and local government schools.

In addition to this we have begun a food growing program. We had 3 days of basic training and growers can come and use all of the resources including land, soil, water and seeds etc to grow fruit and vegetables. The growers are able to take the food for their families or sell it. So far we have grown mushrooms, papaya, spinach, water cress, muncow, basil and corriander. This project has been so successful that we are currently expanding it and employing some of the growers to run the projects. The future aim is to set up sustainable gardens in slum areas too. 

Preparing the fabric to cut for face masks
Preparing the fabric to cut for face masks
Delivering masks and payment for labour
Delivering masks and payment for labour
Masks for children  at the rescue centre
Masks for children at the rescue centre
Free masks for the elderly
Free masks for the elderly
Masks for school children.
Masks for school children.
Masks for the disabled and sick
Masks for the disabled and sick
Masks for the poor
Masks for the poor
Training for gardeners
Training for gardeners
Growing our own food
Growing our own food
Growing tasty mushrooms for market
Growing tasty mushrooms for market
Home grown papaya!
Home grown papaya!

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Receiving their mask providing safety and freedom
Receiving their mask providing safety and freedom

The COVID 19 has left thousands of people in Pattaya without employment as the city relies heavily on tourists who cannot come. This has resulted in many becoming homeless relying on food given out by the several food banks set up in the city.

The Thai government has also  been very strict about social distancing rules and it is compulsory to wear a mask whilst out of your house. Without a mask you cannot join the food line and without money you cannot buy a mask. In addition to this masks were scarce and very expensive. So Hand to Hand Foundation began to train the unemployed to make fabric masks and pay them for each competently completed one. In this way we could make masks available as well as providing job opportunities. Each participant was given 2 days of training after which they could continue to sew masks at their house which enabled them to also look after their family.  The masks are hand sewn and all materials and training are provided by the foundation for free. The participants are paid for the labour to make each mask. 

So far the participants have made over 3000 masks which have all been given out for free to people in the slums, in the food lines and at the hospital. The masks are fully washable and we also distribute soap so that the recipients can keep them clean and free of germs.

The masks are made in a range of sizes and colours and bring safety, joy and employment. We have also been distributing them throughout Thailand to orphanages, care homes other needy places.

We would like to continue this project however with each fabric mask costing $1.50 (materials, labour and soap inclusive) the cost is $1500.00 for 1000 masks. The need for the masks keeps growing as does the need for employment. Not only does thisd progect provide an income to feed families it is alos giving the participants self esteem as they take great pride in their work.

Thank you so much for all of your support which makes life changing programs such as this continue.

Making sure the elderly are cared for
Making sure the elderly are cared for
Yes we care!
Yes we care!
Education on how to use your mask is key
Education on how to use your mask is key
Choose your own style and size
Choose your own style and size
Masks for the patients at the hospital every week
Masks for the patients at the hospital every week
Learning to make the masks
Learning to make the masks
Fully washable and reusable
Fully washable and reusable

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Our team growing the flowers.
Our team growing the flowers.

Over the past few months many people have lost their jobs due to the down turn in the economy here in Pattaya, Thailand. Typically these people were in lower paid jobs as they lack the education to fill more qualified positions. The down turn has also affected people who collect of plastic bottles and paper out of garbage cans to resell as there are less tourists and people throwing these things away.

Recently we have been growing plants to help provide both food and income. Our big focus was upon growing the yellow merigolds which is the signature flower of the past King Rama IX so they can be sold. The plants are sold at local markets and in the month of February they were used to as a part of a service learning project for 96 students( aged 11-13 years old) from an International School in Bangkok. The students and teachers purchased 1000 plants which they then planted in 4 different locations, the government old people's home, anti human trafficking rescue center, child protection center and the government boys home. 

The project incoroporated service learning, environmental studies, cultural studies, blessing these locations with beauty whilst also providing employment for our team. The students were taught about how to plant the flowers and they did all the work over 2 days.

We are looking forward to doing more of this in the future. If you have a team that would like to come you can be part of this project too.

We have also continued train people in cooking school and furniture making.

Thank you so much for all your support. Every donation makes a big difference. It is more than just providing employment to earn finances. The participants in our program grow in love and self esteem which causes a postivie effect in their live and their families too!

Joy comes from having a purpose!
Joy comes from having a purpose!
Planting at the Anti Human Trafficking center
Planting at the Anti Human Trafficking center
Working together to make a difference.
Working together to make a difference.
Planting at the Old People's
Planting at the Old People's
Planting in teams.
Planting in teams.
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People purchasing a wooden ornament
People purchasing a wooden ornament

The students in our job skills training project have made tremendous progress and the items they are making are ready for sale. We have been to several community fairs where people can purchase the item from the person who has made it, enabling the student to be involved in the whole process from creating to selling. This is important for the future because as the students become economically stable they will be able to set up their own business. The cost of materials is calculated and returned to the foundation and 100% of the profits belongs to the creator. We then assist them to save this money in their own bank account. For some this is the first time they have ever owned a bank account and they are amazed as their account begins to grow!!

Last month one of our students got a request to build a small garden fence!

We are also teaching some students how to take cuttings and grow them into mature plants..At the moment we are focussing on edible herbs and spices as well as the special yellow flowers used in many religious activities. These plants can the be taken to market and sold. Again the profit are kept by the student.

Thank you for partnering with us in this project. We are excited about what we can be doing together in 2020!

Yellow religious ceremony flowers ready for sale.
Yellow religious ceremony flowers ready for sale.
Filling an order for a wooden fence.
Filling an order for a wooden fence.
A poster about what we can make.
A poster about what we can make.
Selling products are a community fair
Selling products are a community fair
Taking care of the cuttings.
Taking care of the cuttings.
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Hand to Hand Foundation

Location: Pattaya - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Margaret Grainger
Pattaya, Chonburi Thailand
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