Shaun Stenning has lived and invested in businesses in Phuket, Thailand for over 15 years prior to becoming a founding member of Living Waters Phuket. Shaun decided along with his family that during the 2019 pandemic that there was a great need for emergency relief in Phuket.
Phuket is a tourism-based island and with the shutdown of international and domestic tourism Phuket’s residents were in dire need of help. The way that Shaun decided to help was to use his business, staff, and network to pack and deliver “Life Bags” across the villages of Phuket.
This project started out in one of Shaun Stenning’s spare rooms in his house. For 12 months Shaun, his staff, and friends would pack life bags to deliver to the needy across Phuket. As the pandemic stretched into its second-year others came to help.
As a result of this the packing and delivery operation Shaun Stenning was operating grew bigger and bigger. From a few hundred life bags a day to thousands of life bags a day. The single largest pack that Shaun and his team organized was 8000 + Life Bags which provided over 120,000 daily meals.
During the 2 years that Shaun Stenning lead this Emergency Relief Effort over 1,000,000 life bags were packed and delivered across Phuket.
As the pandemic started to move towards an endemic and tourism started to recover Shaun decided that the life bag project should end and the focus of his Relief Efforts in Phuket should adjust.
This is where Living Waters Phuket was founded as a foundation that was focused on the long-term recovery of Phuket. Shaun Stenning remains involved in the foundation, but now there is a board of directors guiding the foundation in Phuket Thailand.