Living Waters Phuket Foundation – Building Brighter Futures

We had yet another full-on week for our continuing life bag food security efforts. Due to the ongoing policy of community isolation, Living Waters Phuket was responding directly to requests from local leaders to supply life bags, with over 4,500 packed and delivered over the last 7 days.

We are genuinely amazed and grateful for all of the Weeboon donations; and are thrilled to announce that we have passed the half a million mark – with a grand total of 543,600 THB having been donated this far. Let’s keep it going – this is so vital to help us carry on all the work in the local communities around education, emergency food relief, and environmental issues.

Our Foundation is delighted to announce that after 45 days of the thorough Equivalency Determination (ED) process, we have officially passed. This is a significant achievement and basically means that Living Waters Phuket can be considered the equivalent of a U.S public charity. This was made possible after an in-depth review of the Foundations official documents, paperwork, and operations, to meet the strict criteria for this ED certification.

We are, to the best of our knowledge, the only Foundation in Phuket to have ED certification; and this will allow our projects to expand even further. For example, companies such as Microsoft could provide free software to schools where our projects have already funded computer labs. In addition, it also has tax advantages to both the Foundation and donors and thus will help with international donations further.

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

Food Security Update:

Life Bag Packing / Distribution Update

  • 4,500 life bags were packed and distributed in the 7 days (leading up to 04th March).
  • These were in direct response to requests from local leaders to help, with the added stress of continued community isolation.


Our Weeboon campaign for Life Bag Food Supply has raised another 112,000 THB in the last 7 days, making a grand total of 543,600 THB. In addition, direct donations totaling 331,475 THB have been made to the Foundation to date.

Approved Projects in Progress:

  1. Seeds of Change

These funded sewing machines have now been delivered to their 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. The 1st monthly report is due out at the end of March 2022.


  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 will take place next week.


  1. The Red Cross Phuket

This wheelchair assistance project saw funding from our Foundation 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 has been paid, and the project to help with educational opportunities for HIV-positive Thai Children at the Life Home Project is underway and the 2nd progress report has now been delivered.


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.


Weekly Summary

Living Waters Phuket continues to distribute vital Life Bags, as the community isolation issues remain. In addition, the Foundation has worked hard to gain Equivalency Determination (ED) status; due to this Living Waters Phuket can be considered the equivalent of a U.S public charity, and this will benefit international donations and a far greater opportunity for provisions from U.S companies to assist with our projects.

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.