We had a great catch up in town with The Q Foundation kids who are headed to Tech College next year. We took them out to lunch and got them fitted for their school uniforms. They are so excited to be moving on to the next milestone in their education!
It costs between $800-$1000 AUD a year per student in fees depending on the course, and it goes for three to five years.
Below is Note registering to do his mechanical apprenticeship at tech college in Ranong.
We’re so happy to be able to provide a path to a stable future for these kids. Completing these courses gives them hope and an opportunity at a different future.
If you are inspired to give to this cause, you can do so here!
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!
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.
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.
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.
I love this time of year. The celebrations, gifts, feasting, laughter and time spent with family at Christmas, and then the renewed hope that comes with the start of a new year. For many of us it’s a time filled with much joy and anticipation.
But for many others this time of year is a hard time. It’s a reminder of what they don’t have, and simply another couple of months they need to survive.
It pains me to know that there are children in the world who won’t wake up to presents at Christmas, who won’t greet the New Year with excitement, or get to experience the joy of ‘back to school’ shopping. That they won’t go to sleep with a full tummy, have the medical care they need when they don’t feel well, or even rest their head on a pillow.
It can be hard to comprehend that the basics we so often take for granted are considered luxuries for someone else.
So as we head into this time of anticipation and excitement I want to challenge you to remember what this season is all about – giving.
While it’s super fun to receive, the true gift is in giving. Ask anyone – myself included – who has given to someone in need and we’ll tell you there is no feeling like it. That joy of seeing or even just imagining their faces, it can’t be bought.
Here at The Q Foundation we’ve decided to bottle the joy this Christmas and give you the ability to share it with your loved ones through Charity Gifts.
With more and more people buying what they want, when they want throughout the year, Christmas gift shopping is becoming more challenging. So instead of hunting around the crowded shops and buying just another ‘thing’, why not honour your loved one by making a contribution in their name.
Imagine giving them a contribution like:
• New school shoes, sports shoes and socks ($50)
• 3 x School Uniforms and 1 x Sports Uniform ($100)
• A pushbike to travel to school instead of walking for miles ($100)
• School bus pass for a year ($150)
• Breakfast for 10 weeks ($200)
• Sports Equipment or School Resources ($250)
If you would like to purchase a Charity Gift for your friends and loved ones click here to donate. In the comments simply write what you would like to contribute to and the name of the person you would like to honour with your donation.
This Christmas give the gift that keeps on giving and help us continue to transform lives around the globe.
Thank you for your support!
I love this time of year. The start of a New Year brings renewal, the opportunity for reflection, a reminder to be grateful and the promise of hope.
But for some it isn’t a time full of love and laughter. For some it is a reminder of what they don’t have. From the loss of loved ones to the loss of hope that life will ever change, it can be a hard time for many.
There are children in the world who don’t wake up on Christmas Day to presents and loved ones. Who don’t greet the New Year with anticipation and fireworks or get to shop and prepare for ‘back to school’. To them it’s just another day, another time to survive.
With no safe place to lay their head, no food to eat, no clean water to drink, no medical care and in many cases no family, to them it can seem as though there is no hope or future.
But we are committed to changing this. Heading off to Thailand on Christmas Day we will be visiting Q’s village (read more about Q’s story here) bringing supplies, assistance and Christmas cheer to the children in the village.
For them this year will be different. A year of change and hope. With progress already being made in the village, water and food are now available. Shelter is being organised and many are starting to receive an education to give them a different, brighter future.
Making a difference in the world can often seem overwhelming, impossible even. But the truth is you can make a world of difference one child, one village at a time.
So when you are writing your New Year’s Resolutions or goals for this coming year remember to include some outside yourself and your family to leave your mark.
We all have the responsibility to leave this world a little better for being here. How will you do that this year?