I was on the road for 5 hours visiting the Camillian Social Center Rayong with Fr. John Le SVD. There are some 80 HIV+ orphans and some female severely sick patients, mostly without or abandoned by their families.
The children are taking cocktail treatment and the shelter will take care of them until the age of 18, when they can find a job and learn to survive hopefully.
☀️ Sunshine Action donated several items during this visit, including rice, cooking oil, diapers for adults, etc.. 🙏🏻✨
The Fr. John Le SVD took me to visit several communities of asylum seekers and refugees from the Vietnamese mountain tribes. The government took their lands in Vietnam and they fought for it and now prosecuted by the police, they have to escape to Thailand seeking asylum with the UN.
The process could take many years to be recognized with the "refugee status" and the Thai government is not assisting. They are illegal workers struggling to survive doing part-time construction and maybe farming.
I visited several communities, some of them have between 10-30 families living in small rooms. The rent for each small room is between 1'500-2'500 baht (approx. HK$320-500/month), plus some extra 500 baht for water & and electricity.
I met a 73-year-old asylum seeker, who just got off from ICD detention center where he was locked up for 7 years. He is completely alone and handicapped. Sunshine Action donated a variety of food from eggs, meats, cooking oil, fish sauces, etc…
This group of people worry about their daily food, without any stable income, and can't see the future. They simply don't know what will happen next that could affect their mental health easily.
Deeply thanks to Fr. Anthony le Duc SVD in arranging the visit to the newly open M.C. House in Bangkok. In 2007, I started the first visit to the House for the dying...
The Missionaries of Charity 仁愛傳教修女會 is a Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa 德蘭修女, now known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. As of 2020, it consisted of 5,167 religious sisters.
A member of the congregation must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "Wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor".
We made the first donation in Thailand since the pandemic. Sunshine Action visited and donated food & others resources to many M.C. Houses around the World, including houses in Kenya, Chile, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, etc…
Nine SUNSHINE ACTION volunteers went to Mae Sot, Thailand donating over 75 tones of rice, dry food, bricks, cements, construction materials, basic need materials, stationery and sponsoring 3 life-saving surgeries for the heart disease patients, including the following organizations:
Mao Tao Clinic
BCMF Burmese Children Medical Fund
Eyes to Burma
KKB Kwe Kha Baung Migrant School
Refugee working and accommodation conditions
Since their nationality is not recognized by the Thai government, and these refugees have fled Myanmar for many years and no longer know whether their hometown exists, their only way to survive is to work illegally in the local area, supplying more than 200 textile factories and food supplies there. For jobs such as processing plants, the salary is only one-third of the local minimum wage, which is about HK$16. Those without job skills can only live in the garbage mountain and make a living by collecting garbage every day. Due to the extremely meager income, many children in the family who can walk have to go out to collect garbage and have no chance to go to school.
Local services carried out by Sunshine Action
We provided food to 100 families living in garbage mountains. Among them, we provided nutritional milk powder and drinks to malnourished children, hoping that they can absorb nutrients more easily. At the same time, we donated headlamps, flashlights, batteries and water boots to facilitate their "treasure hunting" in the garbage dump at night. Soap and washing powder can help them maintain personal hygiene and reduce illness.
MAO TAO CLINIC
Founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung, herself a displaced person forced to flee her homeland in 1988, has worked tirelessly for over 20 years, providing critical healthcare to the people of Burma. The Clinic’s facilities and activities continue to grow. Currently, between 400 -500 people on average come to the clinic each day, and there is a staff of about 700 providing comprehensive health services and child protection services. Total caseload exceeds 115,000 cases annually with a client number of over 75,000 per year
Other plans ***Subject to donation***
Provide solar lights for home lighting to residents of Garbage Mountain
Provide partial food support, such as rice and milk powder, to residents in the garbage mountain every month
Sponsor the cost of surgery for patients at Chiang Mai Hospital on a one-to-one basis, with a maximum limit of HK$30,000 and is limited to one-time treatment only
PLANT the PLANET - THAILAND
With the help from student-volunteers of Phu Phan Tong elementary School, we planted many Mango & Coconut trees. Each Student will adopt a tree to take care and will bring 2-3 fruit trees to be planted at their homes.
Thailand is the 5th country where we reached our global program 'Plant the Planet'.