Covid-19 Response: 3 Ways to Help (and something fun!)

Donate to Care Packages

Thailand has been on lock-down since mid-March, but many industries were already heavily impacted due to the lack of tourism from China in January and February. As many families are out of work, informal free food distribution sites have popped up with long lines of 2 miles or more, highlighting concern for the level of need many are facing as well as risk of crowds gathering.

We are committed to helping our network of artisans and their surrounding communities partnered with the local church and the local authorities. Based on the needs we are finding, we have made a priority list of people with urgent needs to focus on immediately and have begun delivering care packages to these families. $30 allows us to provide a package of essential goods like rice, noodles, oil, eggs, tuna, soap, detergent, and masks with PM 2.5 filters for 1 family.

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Donate to Technology

Like many of you, our team has gotten creative in reaching out to create community in non-traditional ways – having virtual check-ins, prayer meetings and fellowship, morale-boosting activities, and monitoring mental health needs as they arise through our Thai managers.

One of our biggest struggles in maintaining communication during this time is unreliable internet in each remote home workplace. We are working to overcome this so we can continue to communicate and build each other up during this time! You can help us continue to carry out our mission of training and giving work to those in most need by giving to data plans and stronger internet bandwidth for our managers.    

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Donate to Income Generation

At Thai Village we have committed to continuing to provide salaries to all our full-time staff in the midst of massive instability in the world economy. Out in the surrounding community, we found that this is not the case.

Most of those working construction are still employed, but those relying on farming, selling, and tourism are struggling. In our manager Suay’s community, 7 out of 8 of the homes are laid off or out of steady work. Suay is the only one with a job.

We are giving income-generation projects to part-time artisans, prioritizing those who are out of work. In communities where 90% of the people are out of work, our managers are creatively sharing work (like cutting and preparing fabric for orders) with those that they can. We are now also paying part-time artisans to make high-quality masks to give away to those in need.  

Help us provide income for the unemployed by purchasing a product or by donating.

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Something Fun!

We have assigned a “Morale Team” tasked with providing interactive challenges and fun remote games to our whole team during this time (such as our online dance-off, which we’ve shared here).

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