PHA Community Initiative
Forming partnerships is at the very core of LWPF’s strategies and values. The joint initiatives with the Phuket Hotels Association saw the Marriott Bonvoy, Pullman Arcadia Naithon Beach, The Amari Phuket, The Six Senses, Koh Yao Noi and the Intercontinental Hotel Phuket come onboard with our Foundation.
This joint initiative was around bringing emergency food relief, and helping hotels support their local communities in this short-term CSR initiative. LWPF liaised with local OrBorTors and village chiefs to identify critical needs for each hotel’s area. The enthusiasm from hotel volunteer teams was uplifting, and LWPF now looks forward to working together on projects aside from emergency food relief in the future.
The Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon was the first hotel to complete and roll out the joint initiative Life Bag Project in February 2022, handing out 200 life bags directly to the Saku community. “If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it is that we need more compassion, empathy and community spirit on this planet which needs to start at a local level and build from there. The fantastic job Shaun and his team are doing should be an inspiration to us all and the 200 Life bags to the Saku area is the least we could do to support.” Bret Wilson, GM of The Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon.
In April 2022, all 16 Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts in Phuket, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui worked with LWPF to organize two major life bag projects. The collaboration continued for over two weeks. “When we learned about the amazing project that Living Waters Phuket had been running and how much our local communities need immediate attention, we wanted to offer our support right away,” said Brad Edman, Multi-Property Vice President Phuket and General Manager at Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
“Serving our world is one of Marriott’s core values and giving back to the communities where we operate is one of our main commitments. We are very happy that we were able to extend our support to Phang Nga and Koh Samui through our collaboration with Living Waters Phuket,” said Mr. Daryn Hudson, Head of Marriott Southern Thailand Business Council and General Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Phuket Patong Beach Resort.
“We were thrilled to see the different hotels working together with us at this level; this initiative contained the largest single hotel-based collaboration on Life Bags and was a pleasure to be part of the difference this made to the communities across southern Thailand,” said Shaun Stenning, Founder of Living Waters Phuket Foundation.
Thailand is now starting to benefit from the eased entry measures, and being more ‘open’. This means that Living Waters Phuket Foundation can concentrate its efforts on more diverse and critical community efforts across Thailand; with the necessity for emergency life bags naturally coming to an end at this point.
Living Waters Phuket Foundation – Building Brighter Futures