Living Waters Phuket Foundation – Building Brighter Futures
Emergency Food Relief Efforts – There is continuing Life Bag support for areas outside Phuket that are not yet on the road to economic recovery. So, this week a consignment of super Life Bags was packed and taken to Hua Hin by the Living Waters Phuket Foundation (LWPF).
Thailand Is Opening Up – From 1st May 2022, all domestic arrivals to Phuket will not need to show Covid-19 vaccination proof or test results. This announcement (along with one stating that vaccinated international arrivals will no longer be tested on entry, or need to book a SHA+ hotel or transportation) has given many here hope for the future.
The Road To Recovery – However, this Pandemic coupled with both the Russia-Ukraine and Chinese situations has shown the perilous nature of a recovery-based solely on reliance of International tourism. Working towards revitalizing Phuket in particular, a tourism-dependant island, will not be easy.
LWPF Focus – Education, food security, sustainability, and the environment will be the cornerstones toward recovery and a brighter future. LWPF is actively looking at diverse ways to achieve this. Building on past projects, new ones could see anything from using elephant dung to produce biogas and paper, to scholarships for students to study business and medicine.
You can donate to LWPF community relief project funding here: Weeboon
Networking in the Community:
This week, LWPF met with the iCare Thailand Foundation Director. This is a charitable organization committed to long-lasting and meaningful community development through projects that empower youth and help the underprivileged.
Food Security Update:
Life Bag Packing / Distribution Update
- 1100 Super Life Bags were packed and distributed (week up to 29th April 2022)
Our LWPF Weeboon campaign for Life Bag Food Supply has raised a grand total to date of 591,336 THB. In addition, donations made direct to LWPF now total 1,151,475 THB. Donations this week through Weeboon to Pay it Forward (Retired Working For You) totalled 4,559 THB, with direct donations to Pay it Forward to date totaling 9,489 THB.
Approved Funded Projects:
- Liamsiri Mar Hill Association
Work has commenced on the new fence at this centre for people with Psychosocial disabilities. This organisation aims to work together to create a welcoming environment and treat everyone with respect.
A grant has been awarded and this project is in process 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. The children returned to school on May 23rd.
- 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. The first 200 are awaiting distribution.
- Life Home Project
Education assistance funding was provided, with this project helping with educational opportunities for HIV-positive Thai Children at this charity. The 3rd progress report is expected at the end of this month.
- Baan Lung Pitak Day Care Centre
Grant and works have been completed for a new school roof and kitchen upgrades to provide a safer environment for children aged 2-5 years to come every weekday, as the start of their social and educational journey.
- Seeds of Change
Funded sewing machines were delivery 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 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 school supplies for children from this Orphanage in January 2022. LWP donated funds for supplies and this directly allowed the children to return to school. 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 farm land 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.
Please contact us for more information.
Living Waters Phuket
+66 99 341 6799 | [email protected]
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