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Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths

by Foundation for Life
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Character and Leadership Training for Thai Youths
Camp run by Youths for youths
Camp run by Youths for youths

What It Means to Empower Someone

"Empowerment " is such a buzz word used in NGOs, charities and foundations, that sometimes makes one wonder, how exactly is that worked out in real life, affecting first the individual, his/her family, the local community and the nation. As far as Foundation for Life is concerned, although we are very small and mostly overlooked by governmental authorities and big corporations in terms of help and donations, our supporters can be assured that we have our feet firmly planted on the ground and that we care for the development of the children and youths under our care... which is why we consider that building character and leadership in the individual to be synonymous with EMPOWERMENT.

To us, EMPOWERMENT is a process that takes time to unfold its prowess and potential. Being a developmental process, it begins with an alignment of mindsets and clear vision, which is rather lacking in unguided young people today.

EMPOWERMENT has to be practical and tangible resulting in change in behaviours and outcomes.

EMPOWERMENT also has to be sustainable and it is not attained in a once-off event or activity.

and finally, EMPOWERMENT needs to be passed on to the next generation.

It therefore requires tenacity in the giver and the receiver, persistence and grit. Which is why our Foundation applauds all donors who contribute to this Project, because building Character and Leadership (EMPOWERMENT) appear dull in its mundane practice of honesty, integrity, hardwork, etc, when compared to the more "glorious splendour" of disaster relief efforts (whose importance cannot be undermined either). Thus donors who have the insight to see the importance of this aspect of our ministry, we treasure as "Gems".

Through the Foundation's weekly program and activities, yearly leadership trainings, follow-ups, supervision and guidance of our grassroot Volunteers, our young people (around ages 15 to 18 years) were able to help plan, prepare and run a National Camp for nearly 200 campers.

After 2 months of intensive preparations and running of the camp, camp commandant, 17-year-old Makrue (who had been in the program since he was 10 years old) said in the social chat for 30 young leaders group, "A BIG thank-you to every young leader for your efforts to make this camp so fun and unforgetable.... I will NEVER forget all of you!!" . The adult leaders who has been working with Makrue could see that the little boy who grew up in the slum community in a broken family, has turned out to be a fine and responsible young man, a leader in his own right...and EMPOWERED!

Thanks to all donors who believe in Empowering the next generation through Character and Leadership Training, for which this work thus continues. All contributions and comments to help us improve is greatly appreciated!

 

Best regards

Vena

The Camp Commandant
The Camp Commandant
Young Leader leading fellow girls
Young Leader leading fellow girls
Young Leader using her talents..leading in Songs
Young Leader using her talents..leading in Songs
Young Leader teaching First Aid
Young Leader teaching First Aid
The Vibrant Youths
The Vibrant Youths

Harnessing the Energy of Our Young Leaders

You who are young, make the most of your youth.
Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes;
You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.

                                                                 Ecclesiastes

In our ministry to youths, the Foundation for Life realize that they are actually filled with energy, but unfortunately many a times, this energy has been channelled in wayward paths, causing heartaches and pain to their loved ones and to themselves. In their vibrancy and enthusiasm, their quick decisions are made without regard to possible damaging consequences.

Thus purposeful and intentional programs has been planned so that their energies are harnessed for their own growth and enjoyment, benefiting themselves and others. One of which is that we run yearly national leadership camps to train and give these young leaders the skill-set and the philosophy of a true servant-leader. .... with the goal of letting them be involved in the planning and the running of National Camps for the youths and children in the Foundation.

Our diligent staffs have been liaising and coordinating meetings for the youth leaders in the city as well as the upcountry villages, so that they can help plan and decide the programmes in the National Camp for the girls and and the boys this July. Through this event, our young leaders learn to work as teams, use their creativity and energies responsibly, so that campers will have a great time in camp and make new and lasting  relationships.

Says Nurse (nickname), now 16 years old, "I have been with the program since I was in primary school. Through years of training and practice as a young leader, I see myself grow in responsibility and confidence, as I learn how to lead the younger ones, knowing that I am a living example to them."

"I am so  grateful that my leaders trust me enough to let me lead in the weekly activities, and that has indeed honed my leadership skills and helped me get along with all kinds of people."said Makuer, who has been leading other boys and children for the past 3 years, since he was 13 years.

Along the same trend, our Foundation is also grateful that donors trust us enough to partner with us and allowing us to mould the next generation of young, vibrant people who are compassionate that will lead their peers for the good of their local communities.

Best regards

Vena

 

Young Leaders Practicing to teach Skills
Young Leaders Practicing to teach Skills
'Nurse' in a meeting with staff to plan for camp
Makuer putting servant-leadership into practise
Makuer putting servant-leadership into practise
School administrator thankful for help received
School administrator thankful for help received

Help Arrives for School Affected by Pabuk Storm

When the above said school was hit with the  Storm, they were at a loss as to how the school can recover themselves.

Thankfully, as our Foundation came into the picture, we were able to garner help from empathetic donors who rallied to help, even those whom they do not know. These were local as well as some overseas donors, like yourselves.

Slowly as the news went out, donors slowly streamed in with donated items, monetary funds and even physical help to get the  items packed and shipped.

The School Administrator / Director was touched when she received a donation to help with the repairs in the school facilities, said "Thank you to all who donated to help us, so that the children in the school can return back to the school for their education, as facilitoes are restored, for their safety."

Some of the volunteers of the Foundation also went to support the children at the award giving  ceremonies, when the children completed their school year, giving out the donated items to them, encouraging them to move forward and develop a resilent character that will also care for ohers in their community.

Perhaps because of the numerous calamities that they have encountered, both the school and the students were very appreciative of the love and help that came their way. 

The Foundation thanks all donors who have given sacrificially and freely for this small community (overlooked by governmental and large corporations), so that they will have a hope and a future!

May this Easter seaon bring you Love, Hope and Joy, just as you have done for these children in Nakhon Si Thammarad, Choosin School.

Best regards,

Vena

Volunteer encouraging the children
Volunteer encouraging the children
Delighted pre-school kids with their gifts
Delighted pre-school kids with their gifts
Volunteer help distribute to children
Volunteer help distribute to children
Primary school children happy with their gifts
Primary school children happy with their gifts
Damaged and Scattered Roof Tilings
Damaged and Scattered Roof Tilings

Dear Partners:

Nothing like a Video speaks louder than a thousand words... so kindly take a look at the following news update by Telegraph, UK and the CNN:

5 JAN 2019
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/04/tropical-storm-pabuk-stranded-tourists-thailand-brace-50-mph/

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/weather/2019/01/04/tropical-storm-pabuk-thailand-vpx.cnn

As the ferocious Pabuk storm rampages across Nakhon Si Thammarad and the neighbouring provinces, a little school called Chusilp (pronounced Choosin), was also affected in its path, causing much damage, with broken roofings, fallen walls, flooded classrooms... and the worst is not over yet, as it also stands in the path of flash floods, as continuous downpour are expected over next few days.

5 JAN TO PESENT
Our Foundation for Life is in the midst of collecting donated items for their aftermath, clean-up and rehabilitation, both for the families of the affected STUDENTS and for the school itself, as it a non-governmental school that helps to integrate Autistic children in their Educational system (with hardly any fundings).

At the same time, 2 fishing villages named Pak Phanang and Laem Talumphuk have been badly affected as they are by the sea, with significant damage done, for which our Foundation is also reaching out to

We are appealing to you our as our partners to consider giving generously as you have always done, so that the less priviledged may be able to pick up the shreds left behind by Storm Pabuk, to live a life of normalcy.

Most gratedful to all our donors for your help and listening ears.

May 2019 be a New Beginning of Goodwill and Blessings for you and your Families!

Best regards

Vena

Heavy Downpour with poor Visibility
Heavy Downpour with poor Visibility
Uprooted Trees Damaging Nearby Walls
Uprooted Trees Damaging Nearby Walls
Damaged Roofing
Damaged Roofing
Flooded School Grounds and Office
Flooded School Grounds and Office
Flooded School Grounds
Flooded School Grounds
Makeur helping his teammate
Makeur helping his teammate

Putting the ANT in ServANThood improves your Serve

This title may puzzle many, but the leaders in the  Leadership Camps that were organised for the children and youths, had it all well thought through.

You see, being a leader that will survive the test of time, requires a certain calibre in a person, and it is best  understood, by observing the humble ANT.

Young leaders came from various provinces to attend this annual training, so that they may go back to their local communities and serve there, by being leaders that live by being good examples to others.

In this camp, qualities that the humble ant possesses, has been brought up and taught, through activities in the camp, which included teamwork (through obstacle courses and tenting ) ,  putting others before self (like serving others their meals first before eating), being organised (both in doing activities, as well as in keeping the living quarters neat and tidy), role play and simulation games help campers to plan for the future, and make good use of limited resources (as in cooking a meal outdoors with limited ingredients).... and all these were conducted in a beautiful campsite, by the National Park in Khao Yai, where the  campers were also reminded that to enjoy the fresh air and enviornment, they too have a part to keep the planet clean and green.

 Makeur, the fifteen year-old boy remarks, "I love coming to these yearly camps, and I have learnt so much about being a leader." ... and he has been to our camps since he was 10 years old.

At the same time Bin, a primary school girl, proudly said," Although it was scary crossing the rope bridge, I now know that if I focus and make the effort, I will reach the otherside."

By the end of the camp, many meaningful friendships were kindled because of the camaraderie shared , and many will be keeping in touch via social media, till they meet again at the next camp.

The Foundation thanks all who have played a part in making these training possible through your generous donations and sacrifice, giving young people a hope and a future, through experiencing and observing good leadership.

We welcome any feedback that may better our outreach and impact.

Best regards,

Vena

Creativity Time for the Boys
Creativity Time for the Boys
I did it!!
I did it!!
Camaraderie
Camaraderie
Simulation game on Money management
Simulation game on Money management
Group Activity
Group Activity
 

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Foundation for Life

Location: Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand
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Vena Lung
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Bangkok, Thailand
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