Members provide assistance following severe flooding in Thailand
Member of the Order of Malta, Adrian Borg-Cardona provides a report on the situation in Thailand following the widespread flooding:
On Friday 4th August, 2107 a small group, compromising of two members of the Order, one aspirant and one volunteer met with Msgr. Dr. Vissanu Thanya-Anan, Deputy Secretary General, at the Catholic Bishops Conference of Thailand, Head Office, to formally present the donation of 150,000.00 Thai Baht, (A$6,000).
Msgr. Vissanu accepted our donation on behalf of all the victims of the floods regardless of faith. The donation will be sent to the Tharae Diocese in Sakorn Nakorn, one of seven provinces badly affected by the floods. The Diocese of Tharae covers 8 provinces, 25,477km2, 30 parishes, 51 priests and approximately 51, 275 Catholics, an average of 17% of the Kindgom’s population.
The relief funds will be used to supply food and fresh water to the victims, the food kitchen will be at the diocese of Tharae for those who are able to reach the centre, otherwise the food and water supply will be delivered by boat to those still badly effected by water. The Royal Thai Military is engaging in delivering food and water as well as volunteers.
The supply of hygiene equipment will be a priority as there is an estimate of 17,000 houses severely affected by water and mud. The victims will also need furniture and electric wiring to be repaired.
Everyone who can help is pitching in regardless of faith, creed, or race. The Order of Malta together with other charities, corporations and individuals are giving a helping hand to elevate the suffering.
The Members and Friends of the Order in Thailand continues of tradition in serving the Sick and the Poor.
Sadly, people in these provinces will continue to struggle for many months. So far 11 people are known to have died due to the floods and many have become sick, lost property, livestock, cars, farm machinery – the list is endless. As most effected are low income earners, the majority are not insured.
If you would like to assist the relief efforts in Thailand, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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