Give a Little, Make the Difference!

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AIM AND OBJECTIVE:
Give a Little, Make the difference is aimed to clean, recycle and refurbish the used shoes and/clothes and distribute amongst the people who cannot afford proper clothing and/ a decent pair of shoes.

PURPOSE:
To enhance the dignity and quality of life for individuals and families and to provide basic necessities (clothes and shoes)

INSPIRATION:
You don’t need a reason to be kind,  
“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”           - Sam Levenson

DESCRIBTION:
We have observed that most of the students (college) dumping their clothes/shoes in the trash once it is out of fashion. Or in certain cases the clothes simply rest ideally in corners of the closet or remain on the clothe hangers outside the dorms (on the staircase). Apparently, these clothes/shoes don’t seem to serve any purpose for them, so we will ask for donation (provided they are willing) and distribute it to the people who cannot afford new clothes/shoes. Thereby we can meet the need of the poor with the clothes or shoes we collect. In doing so, we are providing an alternative to make the best use of what they don’t want. Because we never know, one’s trash could be another’s luxury.
“No one has become poor by giving”  -  Anne Frank

We neither have to go hungry nor walk bare feet to give something to the poor. We have a lot of used and unused clothes that may not have any use to us, but to someone out there it would mean so much. And heeding to the call of the needy, we have come up with this simple project.

In addition we will also collect the waste papers (used ‘lecture notes’ and ‘handouts’) from the students after their exams and sell it to the recycling companies. Probably that will be a kind gesture to our mother earth and a great service to protect the already depleting scarce natural resources. The money collected from the sale of waste papers will be used to purchase books and pencils (stationaries) for the kids in the Remote Villages. This project will definitely promote the concept of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and practicing these 3R's would help in saving our energy and protecting our environment.

WHY DONATION?
“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer”   -  Mahatma Gandhi

The more we are able to give of our talents, skills and time to a cause in which we believe, the more others will connect with us.  These connections in all their forms and complexity enrich our lives. And make us realize the extent of their need and will spell out that our contributions are an echo of a much larger cause. And at the end of the day we feel humbled, inspired and satisfied all at once.

TARGET GROUP:
Mae Tah Wao, Thasongyang, Tak Province, Thailand.

FINANCE OR BUDGET:
This is solely a charity event so we won’t initiate programs that would require huge investment. Rather we will go with the donations both ‘in kind’ and ‘cash’. The transportation, food and lodging expenses to go and disturb the cloths will be born from the individuals who volunteer to go with us.

RESPONSIBLE PERSON:
Dorji Penjor
Mobile Phone: 0843599208

EFFECT OF THE PROJECT:
Understand the significance of simple gestures
To bring smiles on the face of the donors and the beneficiaries
Encourage and inculcate the practice of three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle)
To promote the concept of environmental protection

PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT:
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up”   - John Holmes
A group of students with common hope and aspiration came together with all the best intentions to serve the needs of the poor. We have documented our vision and strategies after a long deliberation with the best of our abilities. And we bet this is in the best interest of the poor and contributions in any kind would be used meaningfully.
Distributing clothes to the students of Save Haven Learning Center
A total of sixteen students and two staff from Shinawatra University visited Save Haven Learning Center, Mae Tah Wao Village, Tha Song Yang District, Tak Province, North of Thailand during the long holidays of 20th to 23rd July 2013. Transportation and food was funded by Shinawatra University.
We have donated clothes and shoes (both new and old), toiletries, books and stationaries no less than 500 KG to the students of Save Haven Learning Center and the people of Mae Tah Wao and nearby villages. Besides the donation, we also taught English and Mathematics lessons to the school children.
A dedicated member of the Project, Lhakpa Dorji, who also went for the trip, said, “we had the first hand experience exploring the lifestyle of the needy and we are encouraged to work harder knowing their hardship.

THE FUTURE OF THE PROJECT:
As a kind gesture and understanding the plight of the needy ones, this initiative would go a long way in cultivating the sense of giving and helping. We are now geared up for an extensive research on how we can best benefit the needy ones. And once we get enough data and information, we would do a little bit of marketing in order to familiarize the people about this project. We would approach the donors. In doing so we will prepare presentations (video’s and pictures and data) on how the poor can be benefited with the contributions and support.

“The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams but in active charity and in willingness service.”          - Henry Wadsworth


Dorji Penjor

Coordinator
Distributing clothes and shoes to the children and people of
Mae Tah Wao, Tak province, Thailand
Happy children with their new outfits! 

Even the rain couldn't stop us from giving. there is no end to giving!
Look at the classroom of this school children
Save Haven Learning Center
Photo session with the school kids 
P.S.  If you want to donate your used clothes/shoes please do contact me through the address provided. We accept 'donations in kind' and 'Cash/Credit card' (lol). Looking forward to your support. 

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Dorji Penjor

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