For Life simply exists to bring LIFE to the hundreds of disabled and abandoned children living in Thailand.
Ways you can help
We need your help in order to make a lasting difference to the lives of these children. It has been so encouraging to see how much things have already changed. However, there is still a long way to go!
Here are a few simple ways in which you can help.
1. Donate: By giving money to For Life you WILL change the lives of children who have been abandoned and live in poverty. Please consider giving, as it makes such a huge difference.
2. Raise Awareness: Its simple! The more people know about the situation the closer we get to solving it and there are many ways in which you can help raise awareness.
3. Go! Volunteers can make an incredible difference in the children's lives. You may volunteer on either a short-term (approx 3 months) or long term basis.
4. CCD are currently looking for a fundraising and development officer to work for them in Thailand. Interested? Go to ways you can help for more details.
For Life simply exists to bring life to the hundreds of disabled children living in Thailand. These children are abandoned, living in poverty, malnourished and uncared for. With your help, we seek to change their situation, for life!
There are over 2000 abandoned disabled children living in the wards of a government institution located in Pakkred, Thailand. The scene there is one of utter despair.
Each of the 'wards' has just 2-4 care-givers. Subsequently these carers only have enough time to feed, change nappies and give quick showers to the 60-70 children in their charge. Thus, these children exist, unstimulated, rarely touched and unloved.
For Life was started in May 2004 by James & Esther Treasure, and Lydia & Henry George. After several trips out to the orphanages in Thailand, we were moved to do something to help their situation. For Life has the following aims and values:
Our offices are based near Waterloo, London, but we spend time in different parts of the country training CCD volunteers, speaking at schools and events to raise awareness for the situation in Thailand. Our primary focus is to raise funds for CCD, and to act as a base to co-ordinate supporters, adoption families and ex-volunteers.
For Life Trustees:
Dr Rob George - Chairman
Mr Ian Stedman
Mrs Susannah Doyle
Mr Henry George
Mr James Treasure
For Life Team:
Our For Life team is expanding! We now have four For Life workers who all give their time for free. Having voluntary workers is wonderful because more money can go direct to the work in Thailand. We are so grateful to every member of the team, and to all those to put in time and effort to make the charity run smoothly.
FOR LIFE HISTORY
For Life has now been going for nearly three years. Here's a brief look at what we have been up to..
Oct 2003 - Lydia Nash wins £16,000 on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and gives it to CCD in Thailand to help them finish building Rainbow House.
Dec 2003 - Sky News fly Lydia out to Thailand to film a documentary about the work of CCD.
Jan 2004 - Documentary is aired. Approximately £30,000 more is donated by members of the public to CCD as a result of Sky News and other newspaper articles.
Feb 2004 - Starfish Trust donate £100,000 to CCD to buy the land which is now called Lydia Garden.
Mar 2004 - Rainbow House is opened.
May 2004 - For Life begins with trustees James and Esther Treasure, Henry George and Lydia Nash (now George!).
Aug 2004 - For Life sign a partnership agreement with CCD to represent them here in the UK, providing funds, raising awareness and training volunteers.
Nov 2004 - For Life begins training volunteers for Tearfund.
Mar 2005 - Total raised since Oct 2003 reaches a quarter of million pounds.
May 2005 - Chris and Jennie Orange record ‘Emmanuel’ and decide to give every penny donated to For Life. The total reached so far is over £12,000.
Oct 2005 - Thai Gala Dinner! £21,000 is raised for For Life in one night by Kate and Astrid in Henley!
Jan 2006 - Mark Scutt records ‘Relentless’ and gives all profits from sales to For Life.
Apr 2006 - For Life takes on half of CCDs Programme budget for 2007.
May 2006 - HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY TO FOR LIFE!
HOW WE BEGAN - THE LYDIA GEORGE STORY
I was working as a waitress in 'The Orchard' bar and restaurant, when the producer of 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' approached me to appear on a 'freshers and professors' special. I was auditioned on camera, and thought nothing more of it, until I had a phone call a few weeks later saying I had been successful, and that filming was in a week! The wonderful thing about it all was that I had been praying about a way of raising some money for CCD before this opportunity came up.
When I left CCD in September 2003, after volunteering there for 6 months in my GAP year, they were very short of money, and were struggling to finance the finishing of the new Rainbow Rehabilitation centre. Wasan, the director, had even spent all his own life savings in an attempt to finish the project - such was his level of commitment. I myself, had nothing to give them.
When the 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' opening came along I knew, therefore, that it was a gift from God, and that if I was to win any money, I should give it all away.
To my surprise, I ended up on the hot seat opposite Chris Tarrant after winning 'Fastest finger first'. I won £32,000 along with the professor, which worked out as £16,000 each. I said on air that I would give it away, and that’s what I did.
CCD were able to complete the building project, and the first ever purpose-built rehabilitation centre for disabled children was officially opened on 27th March 2004.
As a result of this, the Daily Telegraph did an article on my story, and then many more of the press became interested. Sky News approached me to make a documentary called 'Giving it away', which was filmed during my Christmas Holidays from university. Through these and various other media sources, about £30,000 was donated to CCD.
I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of the public and the number of people who were genuinely moved when they saw the conditions of the orphanage on television.
My expectations were blown once again when Starfish Trust, a Bristol-based charity, contacted me to say they would like to donate to CCD, which enabled them to buy some land adjacent to the rainbow centre. Their donation was in total about £100,000, the largest donation to CCD ever!!!
Following this, I was nominated for and won a 'Pride of Britain' Special award. Again, something good came out of my profile, and a little girl called Scrawny was adopted (to see Scrawny’s story, click here).
Inspired by unsung heroes and their achievements, I was stirred up once again to try to do the utmost for the abandoned disabled children in Thailand. This prompted me, along with James and Esther Treasure, and Henry George, to start 'For Life'.
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