Ensuring the wellbeing of children through social welfare.
“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”
– John D. Rockfeller, Jr.
More than three million children in Thailand do not live with their parents. This can have a significant impact on their emotional health, physical wellbeing and development. Often, this is due to internal migration where parents move closer to the cities for employment opportunities to support their families, but for some, it is due to death or abandonment.
In these cases, children are generally left with their elderly grandparents who are not physically or financially able to care for them. Instead, children are forced to become the providers, losing out on their childhood and dropping out of school as young as 12 years old to work to support their families.
This is what makes the work of The Q Foundation so important. We provide the necessary financial support and aid that can allow kids to stay kids, gain an education and have the hope of a better life. To do this, we provide several services for the children we sponsor, including:
When The Q Foundation sponsors a child, their basic needs are met. This includes daily meals, personal hygiene items, their education, books, uniforms, transport and clothes. For families who are struggling to put food on the table, this is a huge relief.
Financial aid is given in the form of a voucher system for meals and hygiene products that can be redeemed at shops or through direct purchases made by The Q Foundation on behalf of the children. This guarantees that money goes to meeting the needs of The Q Foundation kids.
Monthly welfare checks
Every month The Q Foundation team does a welfare check of the kids. It takes 2-3 days to visit The Q Foundation kids as they are spread over a 120km area – and that’s just the younger kids. It’s another 130km round trip to see the kids in Tech College.
Our team on the ground does this trip once a month to check on the kids to make sure they have their food and personal needs vouchers. During this time they also identify an additional needs they have, like home maintenance issues, clothing or school uniforms required as an example.
New mattresses and warm bedding
During our early welfare visits, we discovered that many of The Q Foundation kids had no bed to sleep in and were lying on plastic sheets on the ground. To ensure each child had a safe and comfortable place to sleep, we launched “Operation Goodnight”, which supplied each of The Q Foundation kids with a mattress and warm bedding.
Pushbikes and road safety training
With transport often a challenge in getting kids to school, each child has been given a pushbike and helmet. They have also participated in a road safety course. The roads in Kaper can be hazardous, particularly in the wet season, and despite the number of accidents on the streets, helmets are rarely used. Through the road safety course, the kids have learned about the importance of wearing helmets and the road rules that keep them safe.
To ensure kids get opportunities to escape their reality, have some much-needed fun and build friendships, we also organise social events. Social activities have included group meals, beach days, bike days and sporting activities.
Help us break the cycle of poverty by joining our giving community
Together we can change the life of a child forever. Help us bring hope, health and happiness to the children in Kaper by joining our giving community. All funds raised go directly towards a child’s education, welfare and basic needs.
You might recall the story on Boong and her family from a little earlier this year (if not you can read it here Breaking the