Living Waters Phuket Foundation – Building Brighter Futures

To mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March, a luncheon event was held at The Pavilion’s Firefly Pool and Restaurant. Representatives from 5 Star Marine and Living Waters Phuket attended, and the day prompted a reflection on the high number of projects we support, are run by, or are significantly supported by women.

The role of women was further highlighted the same afternoon, during a fundraising event for the Red Cross in Phuket town, which was attended by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew among other community leaders. Again, it highlighted how women can come together to make a powerful difference in their community.

Wandee Woonciew is both the President of the Phuket Red Cross and the Governor’s wife. After seeing how hands-on and how hard she works for Phuket, 5 Star Marine and Living Waters Phuket were delighted to present cheques totaling 400,000 THB to support the vital work the Red Cross undertakes here.

This week, the packing and distribution of our vital life bags continued; with 1,600 being delivered to those in need around Phuket, in addition to 1,800 super life bags in Koh Samui.

One Life Bag costs just 140 THB and can feed a family of 4 people for up to 4 days. Please donate to help those in need, any amount is appreciated: Weeboon

Networking in the Community:

  • Meetings with the Governor of Phuket
  • The Phuket Red Cross
  • Discussions with the Cherngtalay OrBorTor
  • Meeting Koh Samui Village Leaders
  • Meeting with the Village Chie,f Bangtao
  • Discussions held with LDS Charities Leaders

Food Security Update:

Life Bag Packing / Distribution Update

  • 1,800 super life bags have been packed and distributed on Koh Samui
  • 1,600 normal size life bags were packed and distributed in Phuket (up to 10th March)


Our Weeboon campaign for Life Bag Food Supply has raised grand total of 547,200 THB. In addition, direct donations totaling 346,475 THB have been made to the Foundation to date.


Content has been prepared this week for The Phuket News, to highlight the varied projects which have been completed already this year (the half-page advertorial will be published in the newspaper on Friday 18th March)

Weekly Summary

Living Waters Phuket extended its Life Bags efforts to Phuket and Koh Samui this week, as Covid numbers and community isolation challenges remain. In addition, the Foundation was happy to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day by contributing to charity and fundraising events on this day also. The focus has remained on turning grant applications around swiftly, to help those in need without delay.

Approved Projects in Progress:

  1. Seeds of Change

Funded sewing machines have been delivered to the Vocational Sewing Centre, located at Good Shepherd Migrant Work Centre Phuket (GMSW). This initiative provides employment alternatives and skills development for young Thai or migrant people. We look forward to the 1st monthly report at the end of March.

  1. Koh Samui Life Bags

This project raised funds through donations in order to purchase food, pack Life Bags, and distribute to communities in need on the island of Koh Samui; packing and delivery took place this week.

  1. The Red Cross Phuket

This project saw funding to purchase 1,800 wheelchairs for use in hospitals, clinics, and vaccination centers across Thailand to assist those with mobility issues. This project is ongoing.

  1. Life Home Project

Education assistance funding was provided, with this project helping with educational opportunities for HIV-positive Thai Children at this charity. The 2nd progress report has been received.

Completed Projects:

  1. The Good Shepherd BanYa Literacy and Learning Centre

This project saw record speed completion for the purchase of ATK test kits for over 400 children in order for testing to take place to allow the school to reopen. This completed project was achieved in under a week, making it a rapid and successful project for everyone involved.

  1. The Red Cross Back To School

This completed partnership between Living Waters Phuket and the Red Cross where LWP provided the equipment necessary to allow for 390 students across 13 schools in Phuket, to get back to school. Prior to this funding project, these students were unable to attend school as they did not have uniforms, school supplies, funds for transportation, and the minimal fee to go to school.

  1. Disadvantaged Students Project

The Foundation has provided funding for Phuket Has Been Good To Us to allow 500 disadvantaged students access to a new computer lab. This project is now completed.

  1. Under Privileged Children

The provision of portable water for 300 students at the Coconut Island School, as well as critical equipment for the school’s kitchen including a fridge, freezer, and fans, is completed. The acquittal report is currently being prepared.

  1. The Good Shepherd

The project for The Good Shepherd for Solar Panel Installation for the Good Shepherd Phuket Town (GSPT) Learning Centre is now completed.

  1. Sustainable Farming and Food Production – Phase 2

The Kathu Wittaya School’s phase 2 funded project is now complete. This was around sustainable education for farming and food production and the provision of buildings to help store and sell the food from the funded phase 1 project.

  1. Tambon Phunai Koh Yao Yai Orphan Education Funding

The Foundation funded the purchase of school supplies for parentless children from this Orphanage in January 2022. LWP donated funds for school supplies and this directly allowed the children to return to school to get the chance to continue gaining an education. Funding will cover 1 full year of schooling needs for around 35 children.

  1. Kathu Wittya School

The Sustainable Education on Farming and Food Production (phase 1) is complete. This long-term initiative was designed around teaching almost 1,000 children how to farmland using proven Thai techniques and processes in order to produce and harvest food.

  1. Phuket Has Been Good To Us

Living Waters Phuket Foundation completed this project to fund and provide brand new IT equipment for over 500 disadvantaged children for the school. This project helped teachers, volunteers, and administrators to be able to deliver their English classes more effectively and efficiently.

  1. Super Life Bags

This completed project was the largest single order of life bag supplies in the last 22 months and saw over 8,700 large bags packed and delivered to Phuket and the surrounding areas in November 2021, helped by Government officials and 5 Star Marine.

LWP remains 100% devoted to helping the most vulnerable communities.

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Living Waters Phuket

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Shaun Stenning is a founding member of Living Waters Phuket. After spending 2 years purchasing, packing and delivering Life Bags Shaun Stenning and his family set up Living Waters Phuket to further there efforts in supporting the Phuket and wider Thailand Community.