Lots of people in the kingdom need help right now.
From disrupting jobs, taking away incomes and forcing society to keep a distance, the COVID-19 outbreak is not only a global health crisis, but also a financial one — especially for the working class.
“To be honest, I don’t have any money to feed my family right now,” 56 year old Ratchani Cheausuwan told Thisrupt from her home in Bangkok’s sprawling Khlong Toei community. Tens and thousands of low-income citizens like her are in the same boat — dealing with the pandemic without a job or income to support them.
While the government is providing assistance for those affected through the website, www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com (No One Left Behind), many low-income residents do not have access to a smartphone, computer or the internet.
Thus, those who actually need the most help may not have access to the aid.
However, many foundations in the kingdom are trying to support the lower-income class by providing assistance that is efficient and fast, as well as coming up with more sustainable long-term plans.
Recently, Thisrupt called some foundations and organizations around Thailand to check in on their situation and inquire about what is needed and where.
The following is a working list. We will keep contacting organizations and foundations in the following weeks and continue updating this list.
FOUNDATION AND ORGANIZATIONS
This foundation located in Chonburi’s Bang Lamung District takes care of underprivileged children and orphans. According to a staff Thisrupt recently spoke to, the school is closed but they still have 160 orphans residing at the school, as well as staff members, with a total of about 300-400 people.
Donations can be dropped off at the school or made online here.
440 Moo 9, Sukhumvit Road km. 145
Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi
Tel: +66 (0) 38-428-717
The CCF foundation, which looks after underprivileged children, are experiencing a mask and alcohol gel shortage right now. According to a staff Thisrupt spoke to recently, they do not have enough to provide to all the children in their foundation.
CCF is looking for donations of health supplies for others in the area. They also plan on passing out masks and gels to homeless and underprivileged children in their district.
36/4 Chalermprakiat Soi 9,
Pravet Bangkok 10250
Due to the outbreak, Habitat for Humanity Thailand, which builds houses for less-fortunate communities, could not build houses for 20 families.
Concerned individuals may immediately donate money to these families affected by the cancellations via:
- Transferring money to Habitat for Humanity’s bank account 015-0-143680, Krung Thai Bank
- Visiting http://www.habitatthailand.org/th/donation/
- Visiting: give.asia/volunteerteamscannotbuildinthailand
Donations made to Habitat for Humanity Thailand are tax deductible.
Soi Sukhumvit 21, Khlong Toei Nuea,
Watthana, Bangkok 10110
Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women (APSW) is a shelter that provides basic necessities, as well as physical, mental and socio-economic rehabilitation services for women and children. The shelter looks after victims of sex and domestic abuse and HIV patients, as well as cases of unplanned pregnancies.
A staff member at APSW told Thisrupt that they are currently short on health supplies such as masks, and may only have enough through the middle of April. They could use support with funding, basic necessities, masks and hand sanitizers etc.
The shelter is not welcoming any visitors right now. But donors can notify the security guard at the front about making donations.
501/1 Thanon Dechathungkha, Si Kan,
Don Mueang, Bangkok 10210
Tel: 02 929 2222
This foundation that looks after underprivileged kids is accepting food, basic necessities and health supplies. They are in need of more dry foods, since staff are also surveying their area to pass out food to homeless children. There’s also health supplies shortage in their area.
Though the foundation is currently closed to visitors, there will be a staff in front accepting donations.
100/475 Chaeng Wattana
Soi 10 Laksi.
According to a staff member, donations have been slow for the last couple of months and the foundation is currently lacking in basic necessities, especially food. Children in their foundation are not allowed outside right now, while some staff members do not have masks.
Donations can be made at their foundation or online here.
15/20 Soi Namnungjaidiew, Moo 1,
Tiampracha Uthit Rd., Koh Sireh, T.
Rassada, A., Phuket / Koh Sireh, 83000
Located in the heart of Khlong Toei, this foundation supports low-income residents of Bangkok’s biggest slums. Many are now suffering from a lack of job and income, as well as not having access to basic health supplies like masks. They are welcoming donations of health supplies and basic necessities.
1596 Rama IV Rd,
Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
The foundation is currently working to support and encourage health workers around Bangkok and the surrounding areas. They bring lunch and gift bags with health supplies such as masks and hand sanitizers to hospitals. According to the foundation’s coordinator, donations of health supplies are welcomed.
Level 30, Bhiraj Tower at EmQuartier,
689 Sukhumvit Road (Soi 35),
Klongton Nuea, Vadhana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 02 017 2902
Place of Grace is a foundation that supports children and their families in the Mahadthai slum communities in Prawet. They also run food banks and children clubs through the week. With a huge increase in demand due to the outbreak, they would love support with their foodbank.
They also accept donations online here.
Chaloem Phrakiat Ratchakan
Thi 9 Soi 28, Dok Mai,
Prawet, Bangkok 10250
FOOD DRIVES/ ONLINE CAMPAIGNS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN
Many islands like Koh Phangan, which had heavily relied on tourism to drive the economy, have come to a complete standstill since the pandemic. Many locals and foreigners, alike, have become unemployed and are unable to return to their home countries or cities.
In Koh Phangan, several initiatives have been set up around the island to distribute food. Happy food is a community-based initiative to “feed people who can’t afford to feed themselves” during the pandemic. An estimated 2500 meals have been given out per day for the last week.
RoyRak is a Fair-trade jewellery-making initiative that employs vulnerable women in the slum community, who have struggled to get work elsewhere. There are currently seven full-time employees. However, since January all of their sales and events have been cancelled and they are unable to ship orders overseas, causing much anxiety for the RoyRak staff, who usually live from hand to mouth.
This online campaign has been set up by a foundation that supports the Khlong Toey slum communities called Urban Neighbours of Hope Thailand. On top of helping people access resources, teaching vulnerable kids, visiting prisons and more, the foundation also launched micro enterprises and non-profit businesses, which eventually became independent. RoyRak is one of their nonprofits that has been greatly affected by the pandemic.
The campaign via Socialgiver focuses on supporting front-line healthcare professionals working in rural areas with medical essentials for protecting themselves and saving lives. In their first phase, they managed to provide PPE Suits to 40 rural hospitals around Thailand that are underfunded and lacking support. In their second phase, they will be focusing on providing hospitals with waterproof gowns.
For only THB300, you can help to support a family. Covid Relief was established by a coalition of organizations including SATI Foundation, the Scholars of Sustenance and Urban Studies Lab. The campaign provides masks, soaps, hand sanitizers and basic food supplies to the most vulnerable groups in Bangkok while maintaining social distancing.
“Covid Relief uses demographics data to identify and locate the most in-need based on age and income, ensuring their efforts are targeted and have the most impact.”
Philanthropy Connections Foundation and Monsoon Tea prepares and distributes food to local communities and assists in any way they can. For example, they set up, publicize and find sponsors willing to support initiatives.
Here’s a helpful live map of crowdsource locations where food can be obtained during the outbreak. Check it out here.
FACEBOOK GROUPS PROVIDING SUPPORT
Weboon is a crowdfunding platform for social causes and personal fundraising dedicated to Thailand. Their current campaigns include Masks for the Elderly, Food for Elephants during the COVID-19 crisis and Food Donations for low-income families and orphans.
If you would like to submit your charity, foundation, project or online campaign — email firstname.lastname@example.org