Project to Help Flood Victims is Completed

We distributed 2,100 Flood Relief Packs through this project

The original goal of the Flood Relief Packs Project was to provide 2,000 families, who suffered because of the floods, with rice, instant noodles, sardines, cooking oil, fish sauce, salt, sugar, medicine, a flashlight and batteries.  Although modifications had to be made, the project has been completed successfully.

After the first 1,000 packs were prepared and delivered to flood victims in several communities, the water began receding.  The time for cleaning homes and businesses was beginning, so the project team decided to make a change for the remaining packs.  Cleaning supplies were purchased and another 1,000 packs were assembled.

The houses in Ruam Gua Community in Tawee Wattana District in Bangkok had been flooded for 4 months.  When our team arrived there on December 22, the area finally was dry and the residents were beginning the big task of throwing out destroyed furniture and personal items, sweeping away trash and trying to remove the mold from the floors and walls of their homes.  They were very happy that we could provide Flood Relief Packs of cleaning supplies to all 672 families in their area.  The packs contained a pail, a brush, 3 sponges with cleaning pads, a container of cleaning liquid, 2 bottles of mosquito repellant, 2 pair of rubber gloves, a dozen cloth masks, 3 cleaning cloths and a container of skin balm.

On December 26 our team traveled to Tahan Bok Community and distributed cleaning packs to 300 families. The remaining 28 packs were given to the victims in the neighborhood around our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand office, who had been volunteering to help us with this project.

After delivering all 1,000 cleaning packs, we had some project money left. So we purchased more cleaning supplies and were able to deliver an extra 100 packs to more victims in Tahan Bok Community.

Our thanks to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis and the Garuna Foundation for providing the funding for this project.  We thank God for the opportunity to help a total of 2,100 families who suffered from the flooding.

We’re happy that this project made it possible for us to get to know a number of our neighbors, who very generously volunteered their time and energy to help us assemble and distribute the Flood Relief Packs.  In the weeks ahead we look forward to following up with some of the communities we helped.

We also want to thank all of you, who donated money to this project and who have been praying for us and the Thai people affected by the worst flooding in Thailand in more than 50 years.  We very much appreciate your support and partnership in our ministry.

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Another 500 Families Receive Flood Relief Packs

We're thankful to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Garuna Foundation for funding this project

After some delays in getting supplies for the second distribution of Flood Relief Packs, we were able to help flood victims in two more communities on Saturday, December 10.  Once again the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff are very thankful for the large number of volunteers who came on Friday, December 9 to help prepare the packs.  Even with so much help, it still took about five hours to place all of the items into another 500 packs.

Because there was still quite a lot of water in their area, the residents of Ladpladuk community in Bangbuathong District had to come out to the main road to receive their packs from us Saturday morning.  Even the big trucks that the Royal Thai Army so generously provided weren’t able to drive all the way into their village.  Although they had received donations from the King’s Pack, the provincial government and the Thai Red Cross during the past few months, they still were in need of help.  In spite of the fact that we caused a small traffic jam because we had to distribute the packs along the main road, we were able to help 200 families.

After lunch our team traveled to Bangpood Village at Wat Goo.  After giving Flood Relief Packs to 263 families, the community leader gave us a short tour of the neighborhood.  We were very impressed by the long ribbon of wooden walkways they had built and by the huge dike of sandbags that ran through the area.  Bangpood Village had definitely been hit hard by the floods.  Not only did the water level reach nearly 2 meters (more than 6½ feet), but their homes were flooded for 4 months.  Just recently were they able to walk on dry ground again, even though some water still remains in low-lying areas and in the ground floor of some houses.

After spending some time together, the community leader asked the LHMT director to return to Bangpood community with her staff to conduct some special activities on Children’s Day in January 2012.  We thank God that we were able to provide Flood Relief Packs to the residents and for the invitation to do ministry among them on Children’s Day.  We look forward to seeing them again.

We still had 147 Flood Relief Packs left, so we decided to help two other groups of flood victims.  Some of our LHMT staff, Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church members, students in the English classes at the church and other families in the neighborhood surrounding our LHMT office are still recovering from the floods.  We are providing 47 packs for those families.

Just across the road from our LHMT office and the church/English center is a stand for motorcycle taxis.  While the roads were flooded, the motorcycle taxi drivers weren’t able to use their motorcycles.  Some of them were without any income until the roads were dry again.  Others earned a little money by walking through the flooded streets, pulling small boats that were carrying a few people and some supplies.

Our LHMT staff identified motorcycle taxi drivers whose homes were damaged in the floods.  We gave Flood Relief Packs to the families of 100 of those motorcycle taxi drivers.

We’re very grateful to LCMS World Relief, Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Garuna Foundation for donating the funding for this project.  We also want to thank the LCMS missionaries, Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation Thailand director and staff, Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church members and people from the shops near our LHMT office for volunteering their time and energy to help assemble and distribute the Flood Relief Packs.

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Flood Victims Appreciate Receiving Flood Relief Packs

Our team worked well together assembling the flood relief packs

On Saturday, November 26 we packed the first 500 bags for the Flood Relief Packs.  About 12 people helped, including Mrs. Gunya NaThalang (our Lutheran Hour Ministries Asia Counselor), our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) staff, our 2 LCMS long term volunteers, several members of Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church, a few students from the English classes and some neighbors who run shops near our LHMT office.

Most of the people in that group also helped deliver 390 packs to flood victims on Sunday, November 27.  With the generous free assistance of 2 big Royal Thai Army trucks we were able to carry our team and packs to three locations.  The community leader we worked with did a very good job of organizing the distribution in each place, so that every family that was supposed to receive a pack got one with no problem.

Our first stop was at Wat Baw School, where we gave packs to the families of 50 teachers who were victims of the floods.

Next we went to Village 5 in Bang Ta Nai sub-district in Pak Kret District that has been under water for more than two months.  The water there is still nearly 120 centimeters (4 feet) deep.  The people had to come to the meeting point in small boats to collect their packs.  We helped 220 families there.

Then we went to Village 4 in Bang Ta Nai sub-district, where we gave packs to 120 families.

Some of the people told us that they had received some help before, but they got only individual box lunches and small packs with just a few items inside.  They had never been given packs with so many helpful things, as they received from us.  On Monday the local organizer, Teacher Wanwalee, called to thank us and to tell us that many people had contacted her and said how much they appreciated the Flood Relief Packs and that they enjoyed meeting our team.

Everyone on our team had a good time working together and giving our time and energy to help these flood victims.  Spending the day working together was a good opportunity for us to continue getting to know our neighbors better.

They all said that they’re eager to help us again when we receive the supplies for the next 500 Flood Relief Packs.

Next week we will go to Lad Pla Duk community in Bang Bua Tong district to distribute the rest of the packs that we were able to purchase for the first phase of the Flood Relief Packs project.

We are experiencing some delays in ordering the supplies for the next 500 packs, but we pray that we’ll be able to distribute those soon.

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