Elgas People Helping People
Elgas is proud of its people and some of them do some really amazing and wonderful things.
We’d like to start sharing some of their stories with you.
Rod & Julie Heather
Rod Heather is the head of our Operations group.
However, during his vacations, he has worked diligently for the last 10 years, along with his wife Julie, to help underprivileged children in Thailand.
Rod and Julie do this work through the Foundation for Rehabilitation & Development of Children and Family (FORDEC).
FORDEC is a charitable organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children and poor families.
The foundation was formed on Valentine’s Day 1998 to realise and extend love, as symbolized by St. Valentine.
This is transformed into action by bringing about material and spiritual assistance to distressed people, uplifting their living condition and human dignity.
The foundation works under its principle “One’s love and concern….for all distressed”.
Julie commenced working with the foundation in support of a kindergarten, based in Bangkok, 15 years ago.
Rod joined in a few years later and they started supporting the building of infrastructure for kindergartens for underprivileged children.
This effort has grown to a number of locations with more than 200 children getting an education and preparation for future schooling.
The most recent project has been the relocation and building of the preschool at Channukrah.
This has been ongoing through many phases over the last 7 years, with the building of several new rooms and a new kitchen. The location is a shanty village, with around 500 people.
The main program is in Samut Prakarn, which is near Bangkok.
The Next Phase
Now that the infrastructure has been built, the focus has changed to the support and sponsorship of the building of a kitchen for food preparation and storage, as well as the funds to supply milk and food for the children to have every day.
Rod, Julie and their family also collect clothes for the children, which they take to them on an annual basis, when they visit
Other smaller projects include a flip flop program, to protect the feet of those who don't have any shoes and live in very rough conditions.
There is also a bicycle program to enable children to travel in country areas.
The goal is to keep enough funds in place to ensure the ongoing management of teachers, food and clothing. FORDEC is a foundation getting donations that go directly to benefit the children, as they ensure that there are not many overheads.
The director and founder used his retirement and business funds to start this great organisation.
Rod and Julie have seen from the start, where the children had health and food issues, to a preschool that now houses 200 children.
There are basic uniforms, food for their health and support for their families.
There are many Thai supporters as well as sponsorship from Japan, Italy and the US for the staff, teachers and cooks, as well as administration.
Volunteers also spend time teaching and helping with regional programs for the children.
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