Living Waters Phuket Foundation – Building Brighter Futures
Life bags continue to be in high demand, and as part of our ongoing collaboration with the Phuket Hotels Association (PHA) to aid this initiative, we were joined by staff from the Six Senses Hotel, Koh Yao Noi to pack bags this week.
Participating hotels fund and have the option to help pack and distribute their life bags, which go to people identified as most in need in their closest communities.
This week saw the approval and work starting within a week on much-needed and long overdue repairs to facilities at the Baan Lung Pitak Day Care Centre. Originally built in 1996 for children of prisoners (in the now closed prison next door), this care centre is a safe place for young children during weekdays. Up to 50 children come from nearby slums and construction sites allowing their parents to work.
As well as being the start of their social and educational journey the children are given snacks prepared onsite and are showered before nap time. This grant will allow for the Centre to be a safer and healthier place for these very young children to spend their days.
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Networking in the Community:
- LDS Charities Leaders
- Phuket Red Cross President and the Phuket Red Cross Vice President
- The Phuket Governor and Vice Governors
- Cherngtalay OrBorTor Leader
- Patong OrBorTor Leaders
- Kamala OrBorTor Leaders
Food Security Update:
Life Bag Packing / Distribution Update
- 1,800 normal size life bags have been packed and distributed in Phuket (up to 1st April)
Our Weeboon campaign for Life Bag Food Supply has raised grand total of 554,200 THB. In addition, direct donations to Living Waters Phuket Foundation now total 723,975 THB.
An advertorial was prepared ahead of the Songkran deadlines for The Phuket News around the largest single hotel life bag collaboration (with the Marriott Bonvoy group), and will be in the newspaper on Friday, April 15th
Approved Projects in Progress:
A grant has been awarded to help fund English teaching for around 220 students at the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Kamala School, for the school year 2022 to 2023.
- Baan Lung Pitak Day Care Centre
Grant application has been approved for a new school roof and kitchen upgrades to provide a safer environment for children aged 2-5 years to come every week day, as the start of their social and educational journey.
- The Red Cross Phuket
This project saw funding to purchase 1,800 wheelchairs for use in hospitals, clinics and vaccination centres across Thailand to assist those with mobility issues.
- 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.
- Seeds of Change
Funded sewing machines were 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.
- 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. Over 1,800 ‘super’ life bags (supporting around 7,200 people) were packed and distributed across Koh Samui over a 3-day period in March 2022.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 change to continue gaining an education. Funding will cover 1 full year of schooling needs for around 35 children.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
+66 99 341 6799 | [email protected]
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