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Thailand Flood Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Thailand Flood Relief Fund
Blanket them with Love-Foundation for Life #6729
Blanket them with Love-Foundation for Life #6729

In 2011, Thailand experienced severe flooding during the monsoon season, which lasted for 175 days and affected 65 of the country’s 77 provinces. Approximately two years later, the survivors of this devastating catastrophe are still recovering.

Your generous support and contribution allowed GlobalGiving partners to quickly respond and send help to the zones affected. Foundation for Life, an organization dedicated to assist the disadvantaged and contribute in various social welfare needs, was able to provide immediate help in the form of food packages, which were distributed to neighboring families. 

In the past few weeks, the reports indicate that tropical storms and depressions affected the South China Seas, bringing rain into the North and North-eastern areas in Thailand. Furthermore, many provinces have experienced landslides and flooding since September 18. On September 30, the Thai Meteorological Department has issued a warning for a tropical storm called “Wutip”. The Wutip Storm produced flooding to a height of 1.5 meters near the banks of the Wangthong River.

In the last couple of days, a contact volunteer from Foundation for Life living in Phisanuloke has been affected by the floods from Wangthong. In her report, she stated that “the waters came and increased to a height of 1.5 meters. We can only gain access to our house by a make shift bridge. The mushrooms we were growing for extra income have been destroyed”.

Your kind contribution allowed several families in Thailand to enjoy these food packages after experiencing the horrors of the great flood that affected the country. More importantly, your generosity is allowing many of these families to regain the much needed hope to fight for their lives and for a better tomorrow.

We will keep you updated in the following months; however, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comment section below.

Thank you.

Courtesy of Vena Lung (Foundation for Life) #6729
Courtesy of Vena Lung (Foundation for Life) #6729
Foundation for Life #6729
Foundation for Life #6729
Roofing and Rebuilding, courtesy of DARE Network
Roofing and Rebuilding, courtesy of DARE Network

Dear GlobalGivers,

Greetings on behalf of our friends in Thailand!  Your generosity to the Thailand Flood Relief Fund has gone a long ways on the ground!  Though the rebuilding process is strenuous, your donations have been giving the flood victims essential resources.  “For so many centuries, the exchange of gifts has held us together. It has made it possible to bridge the abyss where language struggles,” writes author Barry Lopez.  This truth about international compassion epitomizes the difference you are making.  The following is an update on both of our flood relief partner organizations!

Foundation for Life

This past winter, our partner Foundation for Life (FFL) noticed a new need: many of those affected by the flood lived in Northern areas that were about to be plunged into exceptionally cold temperatures and the people were not prepared. Foundation for Life therefore piloted a new goal of producing 600 knitted caps for these needy survivors of the flood.  Volunteers spanning from kidney dialysis hospital patients to business professionals set to work knitting woolen caps and even fashioned their own knitting needles, which were made from chopsticks.  All of this hard work culminated in surpassing the goal of 600 caps!  You helped make this happen!

Dried foodstuffs, medicine, and clean drinking water were also main focuses of FFL’s resources that they made available to the evacuees who were streaming in from the flood-destroyed areas.  Volunteers continued to stretch themselves to the max and even played with the children and took care of agitated dogs!

Aid also began the forward-thinking transition into the rebuilding and development stage, a crucial and important step.  Youth were taught how to make biodegradable detergents to help rehabilitate the ruined rice fields, and the Foundation helped facilitate data gathering between the flood victims and researchers, who were seeking to find out how the disaster was responded to and what sources help came from.  This initiative will provide valuable information for disaster relief efforts in the future.

DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)

The DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network), another partner in the flood relief efforts, comes to us with some exciting and promising news on the Thai-Burmese border… they were able to rebuild their DARE Centres that were destroyed by the flood!  This is a vital victory because unsteady situations in Burma indicate that the Burmese refugees need to remain in Thailand for an extended amount of time, and now they have the DARE Centres available to them as resources.

In 2012 alone, over 25,000 people participated in addiction prevention education and treatment programs at DARE Centres!  Of the 1,100+ refugees who were treated, the non-relapse rate was a high success of 61.3%.  These efforts are positive and staggering, GlobalGivers, because the bordering government of Burma is one of the largest producers of opium, heroin, and methamphetamines in the world and often traps the refugees into becoming substance-dependent.  The onset of 2011’s terrible flood only encouraged abusive substances as a coping mechanism.  Such work being done by DARE is an infusion of hope and promise for the future for each of these refugees.

As an individual devastated by a flood, someone may feel at a loss when they think about the future.  But your involvement in this rebuilding effort in Thailand has changed that.  Someone is now no longer addicted to abusive substances, thanks to your contribution.  Someone is sitting in a refugee camp, yet they are warm because of the comforting wool of the hat you purchased for them.  These things are not small contributions; they are huge in making our Thai and Burmese friends feel like they have a family that cares about them… even nations away.

Kids being kids, courtesy of DARE Network
Kids being kids, courtesy of DARE Network
600+ caps sewn by volunteers, courtesy of FFL
600+ caps sewn by volunteers, courtesy of FFL
Hope, in Woven Form, courtesy of FFL
Hope, in Woven Form, courtesy of FFL
Courtesy of DARE
Courtesy of DARE

Thank you again for your continuous support to the Thailand Flood Relief Fund.   The Thailand Flood Relief Fund is directed at rebuilding efforts for the floods that occurred in 2011 during the monsoon season. Flooding began in Northern Thailand during the end of July and gradually spread into the southern part of the country, eventually submerging parts of Bangkok. Farms, villages, and industrial plants were all affected, causing at least US $45.7 billion in damage as of December 2011.

This fund has been instrumental in assistance in the rebuilding efforts after the floods destroyed countless homes, thanks to your donations! So far, your donations have helped to get food, medical supplies, and sanitary products to those who needed them most; and helped to rebuild damaged schools and the supply chains of local artisans once the floodwaters had receded. This month, we have chosen to highlight DARE – one of the recipients of this fund for their project Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Camp Recovery Centre.

DARE (Drug & Alcohol Recovery & Education) provides treatment and prevention education to reduce substance abuse within the communities of displaced ethnic people from Burma along the Thai/Burma border.  The flood in 2011 destroyed DARE’s treatment facilities.  DARE immediately began to rebuild their buildings while continuing treatment for people who desperately needed it.  Currently, they are in need of funds to re-supply the interior of the buildings. 

DARE is asking for sleeping mats, mosquito nets and white boards for trainings.  The facilities also need kitchen supplies which include stoves and pots.  Young people that require treatment especially enjoy sports equipment, art supplies, and musical instruments.  Your generous contributions are needed more than ever. The Burma people are coming into Thailand and the camps around DARE are not addressing the people’s needs as much as DARE can.

Thailand’s monsoon season is upon the region again.  Please keep a watchful eye on Thailand and Southeast Asia, and hope for the best this winter.  Thank you for your support of Thailand’s Flood Relief Fund!   

Courtesy of DARE
Courtesy of DARE
Flooded Housing Estates, Foundation for Life
Flooded Housing Estates, Foundation for Life

Hello GlobalGivers,

Late last year, as monsoon floodwaters began rising in the Chao Phraya and Mekong River basins of Thailand, your donation to GlobalGiving’s Thailand Flood Relief Fund sponsored immediate disaster assistance to the people of Thailand through the work of five nonprofit organizations. Your donations helped to get food, medical supplies, and sanitary products to those who needed them most; and helped to rebuild damaged schools and the supply chains of local artisans once the floodwaters had receded.

This month, we’d like to profile the Blanket Them With Love project of Foundation for Life, a Thai organization based in Bangkok. In addition to providing relief packs to evacuees during the floods, Blanket Them With Love distributed blankets to 700 families, protecting vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly from the approaching cold season. They did more, too:

In June, Jacqueline Lee, a GlobalGiving IntheField Traveler, visited the home of one family that received assistance from Foundation for Life. Two members of the family were older parents who had suffered strokes before the flooding began, and had to evacuate the ground level of their home when the waters began rising overnight. Foundation for Life responded by sending volunteers with emergency supplies to the family where they were staying in the upstairs portion of their home. Foundation for Life continues to check on the family to this day.

Since the waters have receded, Foundation for Life has distributed funds for the repair of 19 homes that had been inundated with water. These funds were used to repair homes that experienced damage to home appliances, furniture, house structure, and rice farms. Click here to see a video of rice farmland affected by the floods (the water in the distance is left over from the flood).

In preparation for the upcoming monsoon season, Foundation for Life, through the Blanket Them With Love project, is working with local volunteers to knit 600 caps and raise funds for 600 blankets for emergency relief. Thus far, they’ve collected 66 caps—and only have 534 to go!

Thanks again for your generous donation in support of the people affected by flooding in Thailand. If you would like to help Foundation for Life and other disaster relief organizations prepare for the upcoming monsoon season in Thailand, please consider making a donation to the Thailand Flood Relief Fund today.

Thanks for all that you do!

Cheers,

Mattie 

Foundation for Life - preparing sandbags
Foundation for Life - preparing sandbags

 In 2011, the monsoon season brought floods to much of Thailand. Flooding began in Northern Thailand during the end of July and gradually spread into the Southern part of the country, eventually submerging parts of Bangkok. Farms, villages, and industrial plants were all affected, causing at least US $45.7 billion in damage as of December 2011.

As flood waters recede, GlobalGiving partners have begun the transition from immediate disaster relief to long-term recovery and rebuilding. Our partners are rebuilding drug recovery and education centers, repairing damaged schools, and helping artisans restart their businesses.

Thanks to your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Thailand Flood Relief Fund, GlobalGiving has been able to support the following flood relief efforts:

Foundation for Life packed and distributed over 2,000 emergency lifepacks during the floods.  As part of the “Blanket Them With Love” project, volunteers packed food kits for distribution throughout Bangkok, created portable toilets to help flood victims maintain a more sanitary environment, and stuffed sandbags. Foundation for Life also distributed drinking water, milk powder, medication, and more.

Global Vision International Charitable Trust partnered with local volunteers to provide emergency supplies to flood victims, including food items, basic medical supplies, and sanitary products. Since the waters have receded, efforts have turned to cleaning up schools and colleges affected by flooding throughout the country. Making schools student-ready has become a top priority because many students have already missed months of classes.  

DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network) works in Burmese refugee camps on the Thai/Burma border and has been providing community-based prevention education and addiction treatment in Thailand for 10 years. The Rebuild Flooded Refugee Camp Recovery Centre project has been raising funds in order to rebuild and repair DARE Network recovery centers that were damaged during the floods. 

A Global Friendship sent two people to Thailand to support their network of 12 artisan families. They used your donation in order to procure supplies and enable the lead artisan to re-establish the supply chain of raw materials for crafts, a source of income for families.

World Vision was able to support over 76,000 people throughout the floods through the provision of kits. Relief supplies included life jackets, water filters, food packs and hygiene packs. Beginning in December, World Vision’s relief work transitioned to rehabilitation. These efforts included education kits and facility repair, cash for work programs for adults, water and sanitation support, and disaster risk reduction training and the preparation of evacuation sites for future use.

On behalf of our GlobalGiving partners in Thailand, we would like to thank you again for your generous donation.

Foundation for Life - preparing emergency packs
Foundation for Life - preparing emergency packs
DARE Network - Flooded house
DARE Network - Flooded house
DARE Network - Walking bridge during floods
DARE Network - Walking bridge during floods
Global Vision Int
Global Vision Int'l Charitable Trust - Smiling Man
Global Vision Int
Global Vision Int'l Charitable Trust - Playground
A Global Friendship - Restarting businesses
A Global Friendship - Restarting businesses

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