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
Keeping in-touch with Pi Dim using social media
Keeping in-touch with Pi Dim using social media

COVID-19 has affected lives we know

The Foundation's work with Children and Youths, running programs and activites to develop tenacity and leadership in them has been much affected in the pandemic.

Of late, Thailand saw a great spike in the COVID-19 cases, from the 500s (on 9 Apr) to the 1000s (on 14 Apr), to 2000s (on 23 Apr) and reaching 2,179 per day by 27 April.

On that grounds, the Thai government decided to put in restrictions in the country, with some provinces being in the dark red zones like Bangkok and Korat, which had seen many clusters and infections. By 1 May, restrictions to enter certain provinces had been placed and people cannot come in or go out from there.

Unfortunately, crowded and poorly ventilated communities like the Klong Toey Slums, where the Foundation has work, has been the source of the eruption of COVID cases. As a result, a volunteer (Pi Dim) contracted COVID-19, together with a client (Ploy), her mother and her young son…all of whom stay in that community.

It was later discovered that Pi Dim, our volunteer, may have passed the infection to her sister and niece, with the sister being the worst off as she had to be put on the ventilator.

Meanwhile, Ploy (who has been in our program), her mother and young son, who were recuperating in a field hospital in Bangkok were tested negative and released to go home. However, their landlord refused to allow them back in their rented room. The family then decided to return to their hometown in Roi-Et. Unfortunately, they were also rejected from entering that province. The upheaval had caused both Ploy and her mother of their jobs, making it very difficult for them, who were already living from hand to mouth.

Meanwhile, a little girl named Bai-Bua who is a Primary 1 student in a Chiangmai School and in our program as well, has also contracted COVID, together with her grandmother and both are currently placed in a field hospital for treatment.

This wave of infection in Thailand has brought “closer to home”, the reality of the consequences of the disease, as it has affected our clients in a very real way.

It certainly looks like COVID-19 has captured Victims of our clients, but we look forward to the day they arise Victorious, as we together with you our sponsors, find ways to help them out of their dilemma.

Thank you for your partnership in our work, and we hope to bring stories of victory in our next newsletter of what we have done, because of your generosity.

Stay safe - one and all!

Regards,

Vena Lung

Pi Dim recovering from covid
Pi Dim recovering from covid
Bai Bua when she was well, showing her work of art
Bai Bua when she was well, showing her work of art
Mother, young son and grandma recovered
Mother, young son and grandma recovered
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Families and kids receive Christmas cheer
Families and kids receive Christmas cheer

Christmas With A Difference

2020 has been a  very unique year, to say the least, and it's uniqueness has been global for all. It has been unique because COVID-19 has basically cancelled all gatherings and activities that our developmental work is based on, yet it is not SO unique because the whole world experience the same. 

When all gatherings and activities for the children and youths had to come to a screeching halt, a number of them have been left somewhat "high and dry", as poverty and poor living conditions for these under-privileged became isolated causing more stress and anxiety.

However, despite the challenges, our small but tough Foundation  was able to garner help of some volunteers to  sew masks, prepare lunch boxes and deliver these necessities to those who needed them most. 

Meanwhile, use of social media to educate our members in handwashing hygiene and proper wearing of masks and safe distancing were emphasized. We were also able to engage volunteers who helped to design a reflective journaling diary during the lockdown for the children.

As lockdown regulations started to relax, certain activities were allowed with safe -distancing and temperature taking enforced. Although Christmas Celebrations this year has been much subdued, we were able to conduct it in smaller groups with our Young Leaders  playing bigger roles in running the annual event.

However, it is with sadness to report that of recent days, there has been an upsurge of COVID cases in Thailand, and in fact, just yesterday, after our staff went to do the banking for the Foundation, it was reported that this particular branch had a bank-staff that contracted COVID. 

We do covet your prayers for safety for all, because this infection has truely come nearer "home" and indeed would impede much of the work that our Foundation hopes to do.

Thank  you for your support and we hope to have your continued partnership for the year to come.

Here's wishing you all a VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS 2021,  despite all the challenges!

Best regards,

Vena Lung

Kids elated with their Christmas presents.
Kids elated with their Christmas presents.
Christmas for youths
Christmas for youths
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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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Vena Lung
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