Share your good fortune with those less fortunate by giving to one – or all – of these worthy causes.
**Note: This list will be constantly updated throughout the course of the situation. If you have a worthy cause you feel should be included on the list, please feel free to reach out to us via our contact page.
It already seems as though the Coronavirus crisis has been with us forever, and since it doesn’t show any signs of going away quietly, it’s safe to say that the impact and ramifications of Thailand’s nationwide lockdown are going to be deeply felt for quite some time. And while one of the best things we can all do to “flatten the curve” is just stay at home, there are many in the Kingdom who simply cannot afford to just wait it out. For those whose existence even before COVID-19 was hand-to-mouth, these time of low, or no employment point in one direction only… whole families going hungry.
Government authorities are making an effort to respond to this growing social catastrophe, but the plain truth is that, in a time like this, anyone with more than they need should be giving to those who have virtually nothing. In Buddhism, merit is described as “a beneficial and protective force which accumulates as a result of good deeds and acts”, and there’s never been a time in recent memory when this belief has so needed to be heeded.
Thai Red Cross Society
The Red Cross has had a long history in Thailand, and one of the organization’s founders, Henri Dunant, even has a street named after him in Bangkok. Right now, the Thai Red Cross Society has opened a KBANK current account (No. 001-1-34567-0) called ‘Thai Red Cross Society for Disaster Relief’ to allow members of the public to donate money for mask manufacturing. Another campaign, entitled ‘Daily Necessities for Fighting COVID – 19’ assembles large packages of basic food and hygiene essentials for the poor and vulnerable under home quarantine (THB 639.25 each). Finally, the Thai Red Cross reminds everyone that blood donations are still desperately needed. In fact, the current 50% decline in blood donations has affected more than 10,0000 blood diseases patients who need transfusions.
COVID Thailand Aid
COVID Thailand Aid has mobilised over 350 volunteers and raised over THB 760,000 to date to purchase care packages and basic medical supplies in Bangkok, Phuket, Samui and Surin. The goal of their crowdfunding campaign is 3 million Thai baht, which will be distributed to help people who are struggling the most during this pandemic. Your donation will help fund: 8,000 care packages for elderly, disabled people, refugees and anyone that needs assistance; 12,500 meals for the homeless and jobless; and an emergency fund for professionals on the front line and desperate cases. One hundred percent of your gift goes directly to the fund – with nothing going to anyone’s salary.
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Children in all corners of the Kingdom facing the perils associated with the Coronavirus need your help, which is why UNICEF Thailand is currently appealing for donations to support their COVID-19 outbreak response. By rushing in lifesaving supplies and providing expertise to help control the outbreak, UNICEF is in a race against time. Their online channel allows visitors to the website to make a one-time donation, but a monthly donation will deliver long-term aid that creates lasting change for children as well as addressing their immediate needs.
HELPING THE FARMERS
Feed For Farm
Farmers all over Thailand are unable to move their stock because of the lack of labour, the decreasing demand, and the absence this year of buyers (or middlemen) who normally get the produce from the farm to the table. To help alleviate this critical oversupply, a Facebook page called Feed For Farm has been set up to connect farmers across the Kingdom with buyers – that means YOU – and the range of products available includes grapes, cantaloupe, cashew nuts, longan fruit, and more. Add to that the fact that the bulk prices are unbeatable, and many farms offer free delivery, and you’ve got one less reason to order from the big supermarket chains. One of the group’s founders is Siriporn “Pan” Trachoo, a PR consultant and former hotel marketing executive. While self-isolating in her hometown she quickly realized that most farmers lacked the skills to market themselves online, and so Feed For Farm was born.
Farmer’s Market at Baan Ice
Fans of Sorn, the city’s two-Michelin-starred southern Thai restaurant, will probably know that chef Supaksorn “Ice” Jongsiri is a big supporter of local Thai farmers, and thus it’s no surprise he’s doing his part to help them during this current crisis. At Baan Ice restaurant on Thong Lor a market has been set up which will provide an opportunity for the growers who normally supply to Sorn and Baan Ice to sell their crops. This temporary facility will be run as a non-profit and is aimed strictly at supporting the nation’s hard-working agricultural backbone – the farmers! So, consider purchasing some fresh produce today, either via LINE @baanicerestaurant, or by calling 092 546 2099.
The Mercy Centre
Located in Klong Toey, Bangkok’s largest and most desperate slum, The Mercy Centre was founded nearly 50 years ago by the Irish American priest Father Joe Maier, and Sister Maria of Thailand. The pair gradually began transforming the slum, turning shacks into makeshift schoolhouses and giving the poorest of the poor living here a ray of hope. These days, Father Joe and his team toil in slums all over the city, welcoming everyone of all faiths and cultures. However, the coronavirus pandemic has halted almost all school activities and the parents of the children have no work, all of which is adding to the pressure cooker of panic. The Mercy Center is presently working together with the local Buddhist temple to prepare and distribute 300 meals each day for the poor, and your generous contribution can help keep this relief effort moving along for as long as this situation persists.
No One Hungry by Haoma
Chef Deepanker “DK” Khosla and the dedicated team at Haoma are spearheading a charitable initiative (using the tagline #noonehungry) to cook food for the jobless and the poor, turning this fine dining restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 31 into a sort of “temple of meals”. If you would like to aid in the funding of this noble initiative, Chef DK and his team are seeking donations – either monetary or donations of food staples such as rice and potatoes – so they can continue their efforts. Visit Haoma’s Go Get Funding page to find out more and to discover what you can do to help.
Serve to Safe
A team of highly skilled 5-star hotel chef volunteers from nine leading restaurants, from six hotels under AWC hotel umbrella, have come together to create Serve to Safe, a series of special à la carte menus, made with quality produce sourced from local communities and Thai farmers, which can now be delivered directly to your door. The meals are available from today until April 30th only – so don’t delay – and all proceeds from this charitable endeavour will go towards the purchase of medical tools and equipment for hospitals throughout the country. The participating restaurants include: Latest Recipe (Le Meridien); Yao and Praya Kitchen (Marriott Bangkok the Surawongse); Yamazato (The Okura Prestige); Scalini (Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok); The Allium, The Silk Road, and the House of Smooth Curry (The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok); and Akira Back (Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park).
5 Kilos of Rice, Canned Fish & Powdered Milk
A grassroots effort to help Bangkok’s needy was begun on April 18th by US native Greg Lange, who has lived in Thailand for the past 20 years and is the owner of the popular Bangkok restaurants Sunrise Tacos and Margarita Storm. He’s been involved in supporting disadvantaged children in the city’s poorest areas for some time already, but it’s abundantly clear that right now the situation has become more desperate than it’s ever been. His WeeBoon initiative ‘5 Kilos of Rice, Canned Fish & Powdered Milk’ is raising money to help those living in Bangkok’s poorest slums, and on the donations page he writes that just “120 baht will buy 5 kilo of rice and 5 cans of fish or bottle of soy sauce.”
If you visit the official WeeBoon website – “we” + “boon,” the Thai word for making merit –there are dozens of charities looking for your help, ranging from Bangkok-based charitable drives, to localized fundraising campaigns in Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and more. The site, which began about three years ago, is billed as Thailand’s first donation-based crowdfunding platform and is open to all projects for good causes, regardless of their type or scale.
Elephant Nature Park
It’s not only the people of Thailand who need your support, it’s also the animals held in captivity who run the risk of starving to death through no fault of their own. Elephants in particular are hard hit at the moment because the cost of feeding an elephant is huge and most elephant reserves rely on tourist dollars to foot the food bill. One of Chiang Mai’s most famous elephant sanctuaries is Elephant Nature Park, and they currently have a fund drive open and ready for donations (operated by the Abraham Foundation). You can also visit the donation webpage for the Save the Elephant Foundation, which looks after elephants as well as other animals in their care.
Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) is a registered foundation (No. T271/2545) and its main objectives are to rescue maltreated and/or neglected wild animals, provide sanctuary for sick and disabled animals, rehabilitate and release where possible, and to educate people – particularly children – to stop cruelty to animals. You can both donate, and find out more about their operations, by visiting their website.