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
Wooden planter boxes
Wooden planter boxes

This month we had the opportunity to attend an International School fair where the people participating in our program, Empowering the Poor with Skills Training,  had the opportunity to sell some of the plants, planter pots, key chains and bakery products that they had made.

During covid we have been training many people to make pieces of furniture, wooden planter pots, masks, bead key chains, bakery and agriculture. Finding a market to sell these wares has been a struggle as most places have been shut down due to covid there have been fewer opportunities. The day at the Regent's International school Pattaya, was very successful and our participants in the program were so thankful to receive an income for their hard work. Their self-esteem and joy also increased as they so themselves as successful in a job they have been faithful to.

Mother's Day will be August 12th in Thailand and we are planning to make 400 buckets of love to give to all the mums in the slum. The buckets will contain towels, soap, shampoo, cups, cutlery and all kinds of things used around the house. The packaging is the bucket which is also useful!

We would like to add to these 'buckets of love', some bakery items, key chains and plants of edible herbs. The cost of these additional items will be 16 000 baht or $500 US for the bakery items, beaded key chains 28 000 baht or $875 US and 8 000 baht or $250 US for the plants. This would be a huge blessing to our participants of the program and bless the mums in the slums too!

The cost of the buckets and everything to go inside is 120 000 baht or $3 750 US.

Thank you for all of your continued support. 

Margie

Beaded chains to hold face masks
Beaded chains to hold face masks
Some of the beaded key chain designs.
Some of the beaded key chain designs.
Plants for sale
Plants for sale
Keen customers
Keen customers
Brownies made by our bakers!
Brownies made by our bakers!
The gardeners setting up their stall.
The gardeners setting up their stall.
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A local vocational students preparing to teach.
A local vocational students preparing to teach.

In addition to our job training projects that give people the opportunity to learn sewing, cooking, beading and furniture making skills we have included skills training in computers and poultry husbandry.

Having skills in basic computing is a huge advantage when applying for almost any job in this modern world. Many of our scholarship students graduating from high school, vocational courses and university have had limited access to computers which greatly affects their proficiency in using basic programs such as word, excel, publisher and other tools. Graduating students often do not have the skills to prepare a simple resume which results in them often being overlooked when applying for jobs. Hand to Hand Foundation recently began a computer training course for students, workers and even children every Saturday and Sunday. Some students have taken an interest in graphics and training for them is becoming available.

The foundation purchased 5 computers and 3 teachers are giving of their time every weekend. One of the computer teachers is a student in a local vocational skills program and he is already showing students how to make simple software and hardware repairs. The program has been operational for 3 months and due huge interest it will continue for a long time. 

Our participants in the furniture making program have recently put their hands and skills to build a chicken coop at our housing estate. They have built the chicken feeders and water spouts from simple PVC piping using diagrams from the internet to direct them. They are now caring for the chickens and teaching children to do the same. These participants are now skilled to build more chicken coops for paying customers. 

Young ladies learning computing skills
Young ladies learning computing skills
Socially distancing and covid safe.
Socially distancing and covid safe.
Solving problems together
Solving problems together
Some of our younger students
Some of our younger students
Building water feeders for the chicken coop.
Building water feeders for the chicken coop.
Using furniture making skills for nesting boxes.
Using furniture making skills for nesting boxes.
Happy chooks!
Happy chooks!
Successful feeders
Successful feeders

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Learning to plan and shop efficiently.
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.
Learning to budget efficiently.
Using fresh herbs and spices from our garden.
Using fresh herbs and spices from our garden.
Using fresh vegetables from our gardens.
Using fresh vegetables from our gardens.
Learning administration skills too!
Learning administration skills too!
Learning to carve fresh vegetables.
Learning to carve fresh vegetables.
Learning to prepare fresh meals for the hungry.
Learning to prepare fresh meals for the hungry.
Serving food in reusable containers.
Serving food in reusable containers.
Our trainees... a job well done!
Our trainees... a job well done!

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Making masks
Making masks

There seems to be no end to the closing down of more businesses in Pattaya, Thailand which was once a famous tourist town but is now a ghost town! The number of unemployed people grows daily and the opportunities to find work are becoming harder. Families are so desperate that Thailand has now reached the highest number of suicides per capita in Southeast Asia. This dramatic rise is due to the hopelessness people feel with no means to feed their families and they have lost hope for a future.

The Hand to Hand Foundation is employing 22 people in its micro-enterprise projects. Ten people are engaged in making fabric face masks after receiving training and all the materials they need. Workers are paid per mask they complete and these are then given to the poor for free. For the last month, our workers have been making plain masks which have been given to Thai students who are about to return to school. The students have had the opportunity to decorate their own masks to personalise them. (In Thailand mask wearing is still compulsory in some situations.)

We have 6 people in our construction program. These men are building everything from planter pots, stools and over the past month, have been building a chicken pen. These men are mainly construction workers who have no employment.

We have 4 women and 2 men involved in our cooking program. The participants are being trained to cook so that when the economy recovers they will have new skills to reenter the workforce. They are being taught to make both western and Thai dishes. The food they cook is used to feed over 200 people several times per week and also their own families. 

In addition to this, there is a small agricultural project where participants are taught to grow food. All the training and resources are provided freely by Hand to Hand and the gardeners sell their produce at the market or to the foundation to provide an income for their families. 

Training, equipping and giving a bringing hope to a hopeless situation.

Making plain masks for students to decorate.
Making plain masks for students to decorate.
Receiving payment for masks  made
Receiving payment for masks made
A Thai student with the mask he decorated.
A Thai student with the mask he decorated.
Workers building chicken pen.
Workers building chicken pen.
Learning to make scones
Learning to make scones
Learning to grow plants to eat!
Learning to grow plants to eat!
Harvesting vegetables.
Harvesting vegetables.
Cooking the harvested vegetables for the poor.
Cooking the harvested vegetables for the poor.

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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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Hand to Hand Foundation

Location: Pattaya - Thailand
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Margaret Grainger
Pattaya, Chonburi Thailand
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