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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
Daily Necessities for the youths and families
Daily Necessities for the youths and families

When Doors are Shut, God opens A Window

When the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread around the world, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency, with a curfew in effect . With that, many shops, businesses and eateries were either shutdown or badly affected, as staying home and working from home became the new normal. Traveling was restricted and all activities grounded to a halt, as in many other countries around the world.

When the lockdown extended from a month to two, many who live from hand to mouth lost their jobs, especially those who live in the local slum communities. They are largely the daily waged workers who basically have no form of protection nor government support to rely on, in the initial days.

As parents were unable to work for a living, the children who were in our programs were inevitably affected. Studying from home was  very difficult as majority had no digital devices to help them get connected to their teachers, and even if they had simple mobiles, they could not afford the data package that was needed. 

To those affected, it was certainly a door that was shut for them. But thank God,He opened a window.

As it got harder for the families, the Foundation  is grateful to have found generous donors were forthcoming in donating staples and daily necessities for us to reach out to our members and the needy families in the slum community.

Donors also enabled our foundation to partner with another charity to help cook and distribute lunch boxes and soymilk to the community there. 

It was heartening to see our young leaders taking part in this venture to help others, even in the midst of their own difficulties. Together with staff, volunteers and our young leaders, we were able to help provide lunch boxes for about 4 weeks to the community.

The young leader, 'M' said, "I am glad to be able to lend a helping hand in distributing these lunch boxes to needy families, since some are elderly and disabled and unable to come out of their homes. I will be here again next week to help."

We are grateful for all the kind and generous donors who have partnered with us in developing youths and "vaccinating" them with good values when they are young, so that they will grow to be adults of moral character and leadership.

We look forward to your continued support, and may you be protected and thriving in these days. 

Best regards

Vena Lung
ps any comments or feedback to help improve our services to our youths are most welcome.

Staff, Volunteers,Young leaders help prepare lunch
Staff, Volunteers,Young leaders help prepare lunch
Helping to prepare
Helping to prepare
Help to the Disabled
Help to the Disabled
The yummy Lunch box
The yummy Lunch box
Young Leader "M" help in distribution
Young Leader "M" help in distribution
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Volunteer meets with Teens and Children weekly
Volunteer meets with Teens and Children weekly

Crises Reveal Your Character and Show Who You Are

You may have heard of sayings like "When you face a difficult situation, it can either make you BITTER OR BETTER", OR that "A Crisis does not MAKE YOU, but show what you are MADE OF" ?

In the recent months, many countries and peoples all over the world have had to face an invisible, yet real threat in the shape of a corona virus, previously unknown to most and it's devastating effects has now caused a global pandemic resulting in  4,197,152 people infected and causing 284,096 deaths, even as I write.

This has thrown many into the deep end, resulting in despair, hopelessness and  depression. The loss of jobs and destruction to lives affect the family, community and country, and Thailand is not spared.

It is during these  difficult times that it brings out what a person is really like, for example, selfishness, fear, greed, unforgiveness, revenge, prejuice... a whole ton of bad behaviours that we have seen reported daily in the news..... OR selflessness, sharing, forgiveness, faith, impartiality, generosity, etc... also reported in the media.

We in the Foundation deeply believe that virtuous CHARACTER, NEVER sprout up overnight, but that it has to be nutured and tendered, pruned and corrected over years.
Thus the work that we have strived to do in this particular project, where through educational and experiential  lessons, our grassroot Volunteers meet with children and youths, week after tedious week, mingling with them and using teachable moments to impact their lives by exemplary living. These children grow up and eventually taking the place of those who had helped them when they were young.

When fear due to the pandemic started to spread, many were hoarding items like disinfectants, masks and  staples. The Foundation initiated the sew-a-mask project, in attempt to help with the shortage that was rampant in the country. As a result, our Volunteers and even some of the young leaders took up the challenge to help sew the masks. It was not an easy task as it took hours for the inexperienced to learn a new skill.

Instead of wasting time at home in front of the TV or playing with her handphone, N (our young leader) volunteered to help the sew-a-mask project, saying, "I am glad that I can be of help to those who need these masks, especially in their work as front-liners. Although it is tiring, it is worth while." It takes a teenager who is strong in her inner person to be able to sacrifice her comforts for the sake of others, and THAT is CHARACTER! 

It is our hope and goal to reach as many innocent and impressionable minds who may easily be led astray in the wiles of this world, especially as a majority come from broken and unstable homes.

The Foundation sincerely thanks all donors who share the same burden and have so generously given to our cause, in this work that few would venture into... Thank you for helping us build a strong community of caring individuals!

 

Take care and keep safe!

N. making the effort to sew a mask for others
N. making the effort to sew a mask for others
N. with finished fabric mask
N. with finished fabric mask
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PT as a teen in camp
PT as a teen in camp

Building Character & Distinguished Leadership

As much as one would like to see that a child under our care grows up to be a man or woman of great character, it takes years of sweat, tears, stewed with unconditional love to get a glimse of satisfactory character. 

As the Foundation has spent years running programs, activities and training adult volunteers to inturn, mentor  and coach the young people to be leaders in their circle of influence, we see the benefits that affects the young person, as they grow to take their place in the local community.

For a young teen, PT, whose single mom has to support her 3 children before meeting his step father, he must have felt somewhat alone as his dad was not around to guide him in his growing up years. 

His attendance in the programs and activities organised by the Foundation has helped nurture him through his developmental years, as well as support from his new family.

He attended numerous leadership camps,was given opportunities to lead and meet other leaders of his age and even those of different ages ranging from pre-teens to adults of retirement ages, helped him learn different leadership styles and approaches to leading others.

When PT was asked if he would be willing to help out the organistaion, he readily said, "YES, I would like to give back for all that I have received".  As a result he has joined in the executive committee that oversees the programs and activites for children and  youths, and will be able to input the views of the younger generation to help our organisation move forward in the new decade.

This would not have been possible without the help of donors and supports for which the long journey of polishing a potential stone  into a sparkling gem (distinguished  leader) would not have been possible.

Thanks to all supporters and a Very Happy New Year to all!

 

Vena 

PT learning new skills
PT learning new skills
Giving back by leading other young people
Giving back by leading other young people
PT sitting in committee to Mould Next Generation
PT sitting in committee to Mould Next Generation
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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
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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
'Nurse' in a meeting with staff to plan for camp
Makuer putting servant-leadership into practise
Makuer putting servant-leadership into practise
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Location: Bangkok, Thailand - Thailand
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Vena Lung
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Bangkok, Thailand
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