This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Kwang, one of our oldest girls in The Q Foundation.
Kwang is 18 and is currently studying marketing at a university in Bangkok.
She is in her second year with a GPA of 3.11 out of a possible 4.0. She takes her studies very seriously and “loves it!”
Kwang was the first TQF kid to go onto university with the help of sponsorship from The Q Foundation.
As Kwang’s family is still in Kaper, she is sharing a room in Bangkok with her cousin. As part of her sponsorship, we provide assistance with tuition, uniforms, costs of living and textbooks.
When you sponsor a child through The Q Foundation, you are changing the life of a child like Kwang’s forever. Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
Often in life we can become so stuck looking forward that we forget to look back and see everything we have already achieved. Fortunately December gives us the reminder to do that every year as we start to plan ahead for the next 12 months.
So I’d like to take you back for a moment to where we began with The Q Foundation, to celebrate just how far we have come with your generous support.
It was in late 2014 that we established The Q Foundation to help children and at-risk youth in Kaper, one of the poorest regions in Thailand. It was five years after I first met Q, the foundations namesake who had lost his mother and father to AIDS related causes when he was eight, leaving him alone in the world.
When I took financial responsibility for Q, he was suffering from malnutrition and stunted growth. He was also illiterate, failing all subjects at school and had no safe place to stay. We were quickly able to turn things around for Q, but we also saw that Q’s story was not unique; there are thousands more children who are faced with extreme poverty and the burden of surviving on their own.
So The Q Foundation was born. Originally we started with five children, but fast-forward to now, and there are more than 60 children in our sponsor program.
What a difference three years can make!
- But that isn’t all, since we’ve started we have:
- Built two wells to supply clean drinking water to the village
- Repaired roofs and built home extensions where needed to create safe shelter
- Implemented a breakfast and lunch voucher system to ensure proper nutrition
- Implemented a sanitary napkin voucher system for the wellbeing of our sponsored girls
- Supplied all children with mattresses and bedding (many were sleeping on the floor), and hygiene packs
- Organised Bicycles, helmets & a Road Safety course to help them get to school safely
- Facilitated greater educational opportunities for kids by providing school uniforms, equipment and funding for schooling
- Come to the aid of other charities including Feed The Little Children, Covenant House, the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage in Bali and Next Generation Cambodia
- And, perhaps our proudest moment, seeing the first of our kids go onto higher education (TAFE equivalent) and the career dreams of our kids widen
And as for Q? He’s now at Tech College and has a GPA of 2.41 out of 4.
Our mission is simple and the same as when we started
To bring health, hope and happiness to children in Kaper and the world over.
Our giving is transparent
Unlike many charities 100% of funds raised goes directly to the kids. All administration and staffing costs are covered independently and we openly share how funds are used.
But our challenge is still difficult
With so many children needing help, far beyond our current sponsor list, we need to raise more awareness and support for The Q Foundation kids and projects – and we’d love your continued help.
Together we have accomplished so much in three short years. Imagine what we can accomplish together in the next three!
It’s no secret that this time of year can be difficult for many. Over the last couple of weeks we have been busy preparing and delivering a food drop to each family in The Q Foundation.
Each pack included something to nourish their bodies and something to make them smile:
• Fresh Chicken (quite a treat, families can rarely afford a whole fresh chicken)
• 30 Fresh Eggs (also something they can rarely afford)
• 10 tins of canned fish
• 10kg bag of rice
• Cooking oil, soy sauce and all the basics for cooking
• 20 meals of noodles
• Cookies (which they had never heard about! We had to explain what they were)
• Other treats for the kids
The list would be shrug worthy to many of us – we buy many of these items in our standard weekly shop without giving it a second thought. But you should have seen their faces.
Seeing a child beaming with gratitude over a bag of rice made me want to cry and smile at the same time.
While many children in the Western world will be wishing for the latest expensive gadgets, children in other parts of the world would be just as grateful – if not more for eggs, rice or chicken.
It puts life in perspective doesn’t it? There are some things in life that you cannot un-see, it changes your life forever – this for me is one of them.
I have so much gratitude for the generous souls that sponsor our kids and donate to The Q Foundation. Also, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Khwan Kj Koyphol and our tiny team on the ground that are doing so much to help these kids!
Want to bring more smiles to little faces? Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Boy, one of our oldest boys in The Q Foundation.
Boy is nearly 17 and is currently in his first year of college. He is studying to be an electrician and has two more years ahead of him before he goes on to study another two years in a higher college, which is more in line with a degree here.
To get to college in Ranong Boy travels one hour each way every day by bus. He gets up early and eats breakfast at home then has lunch at college, which is usually chicken rice.
To ensure Boy can attend college, The Q Foundation helps his family out by paying for his education, lunch and bus pass.
Boy with Bear and Boong.
During holidays, Boy works in a restaurant in Phuket to earn extra money for his family.
Boy, Q and Note at the Bike and Road Safety day last year.
When you sponsor a child through The Q Foundation, you are changing the life of a child like Boy’s forever. Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
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This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Am, one of the most driven kids in The Q Foundation kids.
Am lives in Kaper and is in Grade 11. She is eagerly looking forward to talking to her teachers this term about what she wants to study after high school.
She is a proactive, helpful and kind young woman who is actively planning ahead to create a great life for herself. After high school Am wants to get into the beauty industry.
When you sponsor a child through The Q Foundation, you are changing the life of a child like Am’s forever. Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
Winner of the prestigious and iconic 2016 Australian ‘MO Award’ for ‘Best Live Comedy Act’ and selected as an official Australian juror for the ‘2017 Eurovision Song Competition’, Jackie Loeb has maintained her reputation as one of today’s most hilarious and multi-talented Comedians while simultaneously distinguishing herself as an MC, Actor, Vocalist, Musician and loyal follower of ‘The Cats of Instagram’.
Founder of The Q Foundation, Jennifer Jefferies had this to say about Jackie.
“It’s with great excitement that we welcome Jackie as an ambassador for The Q Foundation. I approached Jackie as she has a great talent for delivering deep yet necessary messages with sensitivity and compassion, and engages her audience in a way that makes people stand up and take notice.”
What did Jackie have to say about being an ambassador for The Q Foundation?
“I am deeply honoured to be an Ambassador for ‘The Q Foundation’. I have been fortunate in that I have had access to an education, clean drinking water and to live in a country where at the end of the day I can lay my head on a pillow and know that I am safe. I believe every child should be entitled to the same life essentials. No child should have to go without food, water or an education. And children throughout the world should be able to lay their young joyful heads on a pillow and feel the same sense of safety too.”
A little more about Jackie…
Jackie has performed at events for IBM, The NSW Police Force, Finite Recruitment, Westfield, The Sydney Lord Mayor, Weight Watchers, Kids Help Line, Comedy For Cancer, The 2017 Special Olympics Ball and was thrilled and honored to host the inaugural ‘2017 Australian LGBTI Awards ’ at the Sydney Opera House.
Jackie is the only Australian comedian to be invited to perform at the famed Aspen Comedy Festival, the Dinah Shore Festival in Palm Springs and Women’s Week in Provincetown, USA.
Jackie has wowed audiences at Comedy Festivals across Australia and around the world including numerous solo comedy shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Sydney Comedy Festival, The TV1 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Hollywood Fringe Festival and The Vodacom International Comedy Festival in South Africa where Jackie was labeled “The pick of the crop”.
Jackie was a Series Regular on the award winning Television Series ‘Full Frontal’ and has made guest appearances on Studio 10, ABC Weekend News, Thank God It’s Friday on 702 and last Christmas portrayed the feminist ‘Mrs Claus’ in an online campaign for ‘ActionAid Australia’ raising awareness of gender inequality and the plight of women living in developing nations.
Jackie is a strong, loyal and vocal supporter of the LGBTQI community and has performed at many fundraising events for people living with HIV including the annual ACON Comedy Debate.
When not on stage, Jackie composes music, eats chocolate and tries to burn calories by being ‘active’ on social media.
Jackie is currently producing and directing a brand spanking new sketch comedy series ‘The Middle- Agers’, developed specifically for the neglected and forgotten demographic…middle-aged people. Coming soon to an online platform near you!
Thank you again Jackie, we are so very grateful to have your support!
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This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Note, one of the most kind-hearted, respectful and well-mannered boys you are ever likely to meet.
Featured from left to right: Boy, Q and Note
Note is fifteen years old and loves studying science.
This year he has started army cadets, and because he has done three years at school will not be called up for conscription.
With a strong sense of loyalty to his family and a good work ethic, Note cuts palm for a palm oil farm. It is hard work and he will often work eight hours straight for only 500 baht (around $20 AUD).
When you sponsor a child through The Q Foundation, you are changing the life of a child like Note’s forever. Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
We are very excited to tell you that Q, the first sponsor child through the foundation and the inspiration behind The Q Foundation’s name, has recently turned 17 and has finished high school!
At the beginning of this month he started trade college where he will train as an electrician for the next three years after passing his entrance exam with flying colours.
To study, Q needs to travel more than one hour each way to get to Ranong where the trade college is located.
Q is one of two students who will be studying at the trade college this year as part of our ongoing commitment to The Q Foundation kid’s education.
Q has also been tapping rubber trees at night over the last year to help support himself.
By sponsoring a child or family you have the opportunity to change the course of a child’s life and it is one of the most fulfilling experiences you will ever have. For less than one $1.00 per day, you can make the world of difference to a life and to a village. Sponsor a child or make a donation today.
At The Q Foundation us directors take decisions very seriously. One we made at the last board meeting was do we take on lots more children now or do more with the children we have right now. The question to make many little ripples or a giant bomb dive in the pond.
We chose to go with the dive bomb. You see in the area where our 62 kids are is very poor rural Thailand farmland. Primarily rubber tree farms and small crops. I realised on a trip there last year that the kids all said they wanted to be in the army, teachers or nurses because that’s all that’s there. They did not have bigger visions because they had no way of conceiving anything else was possible.
So putting more kids into school is awesome however their choices in their village are still so very limited. Our choice to make a huge splash means that we take the kids through their education past regular school to a trade college and beyond (which are not found in their village) so that they can gain a serious career and be able to then contribute back to their families and the village AND give hope to the other children coming through. We believe that this will also inspire those helped to go on and bring through future the next generations.
HOPE is huge. We all need to feel hope in our lives and it is one of the core values of The Q Foundation. Are there lots more children to help even just in that area…. absolutely and we will continue to grow AND focus on making giant bomb dives and resulting huge waves not just ripples.
This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Eye, a sweet little girl who will turn ten next month
Eye lives with her mother, father and two brothers in the village of Kaper.
Eye is currently in grade four and loves learning Thai.
When Eye grows up she wants to nurse.
When Eye isn’t busy at school she is busy working at home, doing everything she can to help support the family.
Could you help a child like Eye?
By sponsoring a child, you have the opportunity to change the course of a child’s life. For less than one $1.00 per day, you can make the world of difference to a life and a village. Make a donation today.