Flooded school and temple
With great thanks to your very generous support we have now surpassed our target of $70,000 for our Thailand Flood Campaign which is fantastic! We are so glad to be in a position where we can provide effective relief for victims of this huge disaster, not just in the short term but also with long term plans to help people recover and get back to normality.
We have shared news about our initial support delivering support parcels to those affected and stranded by flooding. As waters subside we are now establishing and implementing longer term plans. Any additional funds received for this project will help in the implementation of these plans.
First off we will be working with schools to help them clear up and get children back to school, with many students already having missed months of classes.
Here GVI Thailand Project manager Jax Keenan shares a report from the field:
'Thousands of schools, colleges and universities across Thailand were forced to close as the filthy brown flood water swamped their classrooms; some students have already missed weeks or months of classes. Now, with the water receding in many areas, schools face the grim task of cleaning up as quickly as possible in order to get children back into the classrooms.
This weekend (3rd December) a clean-up operation, funded by the kind donations to the GVI Charitable Trust, will begin at Wat Sing Tong School in Lopburi, north of Bangkok. The school was set up by the monks from the local temple; the library was built slowly, funded by donations from the monks and the local community, but most of the books were destroyed by the floods. 20 of the 60 students actually live in the school, having been sent from their mountain communities to gain a valuable education.
The classrooms, bathrooms and kitchen are coated in the thick brown scum left as the waters subsided; most of the school’s resources – including books, sports gear, desks, cupboards, shelves and fridges – have to be replaced. The playground and even the school garden – which used to provide fruit and vegetables not only for school meals but also for students to take home, have been turned to sludge.
In the coming weeks a team of Thai university graduates – who we also worked with to distribute supplies in Bangkok – along with some of our own volunteers and staff will work tirelessly to clear, clean, paint, plant and get the school back on it’s feet, restoring the heart of this hard-hit community.'
Bathrooms showing flood level