EVENT: “3 Peaks 4 Life”
DETAILS: Climbing the UK’s 3 highest peaks (Ben Nevis, Mt. Snowden and Scaffel Pike) in 24 hours
TEAM: 10 climbers, 2 guides, 1 driver
DATE: Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2013
We have teamed up with a couple of fellow For Life supporters (and hill-climbers) to arrange a fantastic challenge and fundraising event. This is a fantastic experience for team-members and has the potential to raise a lot of money for the children in Thailand. We still have some places available. If you are interested in taking part, please email email@example.com for more details.]]>
THREE PEAK CHALLENGE IN AID OF FOR LIFE
Congratulations to the team and THANK YOU to the organisers. The 3 Peaks 4 Life challenge raised over £3,000 for For Life.
06 March 2013 by Jessica Rowland:
”To raise money for For Life (in connection with the LeedsRAG Thailand project) I decided to have a tea party. Me and some of my friends made cupcakes, cookies, savoury muffins, and cakes galore. We invited lots of our friends to drop in throughout saturday afternoon and enjoy as much cake/tea/coffee as they wanted for a three pound donation. It was such a lovely afternoon and lots of people came, I made just over £100!”
We have now officially begun fundraising for the building of Vision House, our new residential home for abandoned disabled Thai children. This home will bring security, comfort and independence to these children and the Vocational Training Centre attached will equip them with the skills they need for a bright future.
Contribute to the building of Vision House today by ‘Buying a brick’ for just £5 and help us build a home for these needy children.
Ken’s Grandmother explained to the staff that she and her family were worried about Ken’s development and were eager to do as much as possible to help his physcial strength and his social schools so that one day he would be able to go to a local primary school. Ken was attending the children’s hospital once a month for a one hour rehabilitation session. Ken’s family were concerned that this was too little and that at the current rate of his development, a mainstream Thai school would not accept him into classes with other children his age.
Ken’s mother and grandmother decided to contact CCD for advice. Ken’s family, like most Thai families are Buddhist and had never been involved with a Christian organisation but this didn’t stop them from being welcomed with open arms. Ken’s grandmothers says, ‘We were worried that CCD might not accept us. But when the time came it was not an issue at all. We were treated exactly the same way as those who were Christain and we have always felt accepted and valued. ’
Ken was enrolled into Rainbow House daycare – a part of CCD’s Community-Based rehabilitation in the Bangkok and Nonthaburi area which is serving more and more people from the local community. When he started Ken was the youngest child in the group and he received a lot of care and attention from CCD staff and volunteers who were eager to help him develop his communication skills. His family soon noticed that Ken’s talking was becoming clearer and his language more advanced. CCD also provided regular physiotherapy for Ken, which was a great relief to his family who were concerned that his weak leg muscles may affect his walking for the rest of his life.
Ken attended Rainbow Daycare until he was three and then, following advice from CCD, his family successfully moved him to a local school. CCD encourage mainstream schooling wherever possibled for disabled children for the sake of their greater integration into Thai society. Ken is now thriving and is socialising with new friends and progressing academically. His family are still in regular contact with CCD and are very thankful for the time and love they have given to Ken.]]>
Officially opened in March 2004, Rainbow House now has around 30 full-time residents aged 0-20. They each have their own bed, their own toothbrush, their own set of clothes; their own little life. CCD staff look after the children day and night, and are always available to give them the individual attention they need.
The love that the children receive at Rainbow House helps them get over the restrictions of their disabilities and reach their full potential. Almost all of them are able to go to school and get a normal education. At the Government Homes this is not possible due to lack of staff and funds. The problem sadly gets worse when the children reach adulthood without any basic life skills and are not able to join society. Most children are unable to leave the homes at the age of 18 because they have no way of earning an income, nor the ability to live independantly: the homes just get more and more crowded. Independent living and confidence building are important values imparted to the residents of Rainbow House.
Rainbow House also teaches the children about family life. CCD are continuously searching for the parents of the abandoned children with the aim of reuniting them with their children. The hope is that when the parents see that their child is growing into their full potential as a person, with CCD’s support and guidance, many children will be sent back to their natural parents. If the parents are not found, or if they are unable to take care of the child, CCD begins to look for adoptive parents in Thailand or overseas, who can give them a second chance in life.
Rainbow House is a great model of how to care for and bring up abandoned disabled children. Although the conditions are still appalling, the Government homes have greatly improved over the past few years as a direct result of the example that CCD is continually making through Rainbow House. Things are getting better, but there is still a long way to go. Donate now and be a part of it!
While the residents are at school, Rainbow House becomes a daycare centre for children from the Government Homes. New facilities are being added all the time to meet the wide variety of abilities:
|The Sensory Room is especially for children with severe learning difficulties to come and learn in ways that are suited to them.||The Library gives children the chance for private reading and hanging-out.|
In April 2006 a brand new outdoor facility was opened next to Rainbow House. Lydia’s garden was so named by the Starfish Trust of the UK who gave CCD £100,000 to purchase and build on the land after seeing Lydia’s Story (see about us) on Sky News in 2004.
The gardens are an extension of Rainbow House, serving both the residents and the children from the Government Homes.
With plenty of outdoor room, the children can now enjoy being outside in safety and security. There is a basketball court, football pitch, vegetable garden, cafe, swimming pool (fitted wih water jets for hydrotherapy), and much more. Many of the children from the Government homes have never seen grass or plants: you can imagine how exciting a daytrip to Lydia’s Gardens is for them!
|The Hill is a great new place for hide and seek with its secret tunnels!||Hundreds of Plants line the paths of the garden.|