I am a survivor of the 2004 Tsunami and live in Khao Lak 30 kilometres north of Home and Life.
Five months after recovering from the Tsunami I returned to Khao Lak to do my best to help with the reconstruction. I am a qualified structural engineer and ran my own construction company for 25 years in England.
When I returned I joined the Thai led Tsunami Volunteer Centre (TVC) in Khao Lak, as an un-paid volunteer, first as a team leader teaching young volunteers construction skills and after six months was appointed Projects Director controlling construction (328 houses for local people), furniture making (over 1400 pieces of furniture), a longtail boat factory, and an education de-partment teaching English in local schools. (We lost 70% of the English speaking Thais because they were working in the resorts which were destroyed). Over 7,000 foreign volunteers came to help in the first three years.
I first became involved with Home and Life in October 2006 when Khun Root requested help from TVC to construct the first buildings. After visiting the site with a Thai officer three days later I put a team in place to help to build the first dormitories and kitchen before the children arrived. I remained very close to Home and Life during my time with the TVC rendering help wherever possible.
I am not a member of Rotary but have been an English Freemason for many years and have re-cently been elected as treasurer of the local Phuket Lodge for a third term. I have no business interests in Thailand and am “technically” retired.
In late 2007 the TVC closed as its work was done and I formed my own volunteer project. Fun4Kids,
< www.fun4kidsinthailand.org >. The mission statement of Fun4Kids is to help local children orphaned or traumatised by the Tsunami. The work we carry out can be seen on the website including a lot at Home and Life.
I was very pleased to be invited to the board as I have known Root and Rosa for a long time and totally respect what they are doing for the children, Home and life is not an orphanage it is an extended family