How to help those affected by the Thailand floods


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7 thoughts on “How to help those affected by the Thailand floods

  1. My initial feeling when approached for money in Thailand, money for what I am told is a 'good cause', is to ask myself if this is a scam. In Pattaya right now there are several large stands with people and displays, seeking flood money. How can I be sure that the money will go to where it should go? I am not the only farang with the same thought.

  2. It is a big worry and a big problem and I have seen no on try to solve it.
    The last flood it was said that 10% of money donated made it to the victims. I am afraid I believe 10% at best

  3. Indeed. This is a problem. And this is perhaps an argument for collecting needed goods, rather than money. In terms of donating money, I think it's important to be clear exactly who money is being raised for. But then, which organisations do we trust? Which should we trust? These are valid, necessary questions.

    Also, I know that for Plan at least there wasn't any funding gap, so the money was already there and Plan didn't need to set up a specific appeal for Thailand. It's a different case entirely in Pakistan, where there is a huge funding gap, for example.

    It's important to ask if orgs actually need money for their relief efforts in Thailand. If you recall, with Japan, people were raising money for orgs that had already come out and said they didn't need it!

    The Red Cross tends to be the org of choice for donations here, but I haven't seen the Red Cross, or any other org actually, say X amount of money is needed for them to do what they need to do specifically related to the floods.

    Money raised for "flood victims", even if it all goes to an org supporting flood victims, doesn't go instantly straight into a kitty set aside for this specific disaster. I think I'm right in saying this, unless someone can correct me here. Donations are therefore part of an ongoing process of supporting an orgs work, in disaster response or otherwise.

    Might we therefore argue that doing nothing could be the best option in some cases? But that's not going to be the answer that satisfies people's desire to help.

    Of course, I'm not saying don't donate to organisations like Plan, World Vision, STC, Action Aid, etc. All of those orgs do disaster response and if donations suddenly dry up then it will be a problem for the bigger picture.

    But perhaps this is delving into another issue entirely. Is it the wording that's wrong? Is it the perception of how disaster response works? Is it misleading for me or anyone else to say: "This is how you can help people affected by the flooding in Thailand"? As of October 18, the Thai Red Cross website clearly states: "The Thai Red Cross has not issued any international appeal for donations."

  4. There are two foundations helping poor kids that have been affected by the floods.

    Mercy Centre (run by Father Joe Maier) – he has made an appeal for funds. See details and updates on his site here:
    http://www.mercycentre.org

    SET Foundation – both their office and the director's home office were flooded in Nakhon Sawan. I haven't seen any appeals for donations but I'm sure they could use it just to get back on their feet! http://www.thaistudentcharity.org/

  5. Great post!

    One comment @Lara: there is hardly any "poor kids" in Thailand and everybody deserves the help they need whatever their situations. That's patronising and Thai would find it offensive. The motto is no longer "women and children first".

  6. @ Roger – these are organisations that are well established and work at the grass roots in helping people. I mention them because I have long been aware of their work & they are certainly in need of help.

    Sorry that my narrow interest in helping children get an education offends you (and I guess all the 'Thai' for which you are the self-appointed spokesman).

    Instead of sniping at me perhaps you could offer some suggestions of your own & add something of value to the conversation.

  7. @Lara: I am not snipping at you, I am merely correcting you. Your interest in helping children is certainly appreciated and valuated but you have to consider who actullay needs to be helped in order for your work and time to have an effect.

    Snipping at me won't make your help more efficient, thinking about what your help will accomplish will.

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