Parts of Bangkok has been flooded for over three weeks. If you’re lucky, and in the minority then you are still dry. This, however, depends largely on the power of the pumps. Yes, inner Bangkok is dry for the moment because the water pumps are working full time to keep the water level at bay. Lets hope the pumps do not break down. Anyways, I’ve been asked by some readers as to where they can volunteer their help and their time to doing something for the flood victims? A lot of you may already be helping, but here is a short compilation for those who have just arrived in town or just want to help.
1. Thai Red Cross: http://www.redcross.or.th/ Here you can donate your money, goods, time and even your blood to help flood victims. You can even donate online. It’s located on Henri Dunant Road not too far from Siam and I think the nearest MRT (underground station) is Lumpini. (Please check) They are open from early morning until late at night. You can even help with field work if you want to witness the flood first hand.
2. Central Retail: In front of Central World (CTW) on the Rajdamri side you can volunteer to help pack food for flood victims. I read that it is open every Monday, from noon to 18.00hours, but I have also seen them packing on weekends so you could go and see if you are passing by the area.
3. Wat Pathum: Located between Siam Paragon and Central World, I saw the temple also has a small relief area helping prepare and distribute food to flood victims. Just stop by and help
4. Chulalongkorn University: Help at the main Sala is always needed to help pack relief packages for flood victims. Other departments are also helping, so you could just stop by anyone that suits your taste.
5. Adhoc Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/#!/adhockitchen This one is great, because it was started by a group of friends who really want to have an impact on helping the flood victims. Everything is done with the heart and you can be assured the money and food go directly to flood victims. In operation everyday, except Fridays at Bandara Suites. Check on their FB page for more details.
6. UniDog Thailand: https://www.facebook.com/unidog Help dogs that have been left behind at home by their home owners. This non-profit organization helps provide dogs with food and even find homes for them. If you are an animal lover then this join this community. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
7. You can go front line. I am haven’t yet been to the front line, but I am quite sure that if you went to where there is water, there are bound to be people helping. So just bring along your boots, your energy, along with your heart. A helping hand is always much appreciated.
8. Evacuation Centres: There are several evacuation centers now in Bangkok and they all need help distributing goods, taking care of people or even providing support for families with children.
You can also follow news and flood reports in English at this FB page: https://www.facebook.com/thfloodengver They will occasionally post where help is needed. You can also ask them for more details.
If you want to listen to news coverage: Professor Seri gives a synopsis every evening on TV channelThai BPS. They post the clips online so you can follow the updates: https://www.facebook.com/thfloodengver
Have a good weekend everyone! Take care and stay safe! Oh, if you know of other places where one can go help, please share. Thank you.