January 2005 Update actions taken and results:
30.12.04 opening of special emergency bank account for relief tsunami victims
at the private initiative of the family de Fauconval in Thailand
31.12.04 first mails for donations request
01.01.05 till 13.01.05 follow-up donations, bank reports of transfers, collecting informations about needy persons, needs, affected areas etc..., visits of affected areas (Kamala, Bang Tao, Surin...), 2 meetings with Provincial Head of Schools in Phuket
14.01.05 first attribution of donation, by Mr. Boris and Mrs Marie-Pia de Fauconval, on behalf of all our generous benefactors, to 23 young tsunami-victims of 3 Phuket area's schools (victims of Phuket and Phi Phi area) :
Satree school - 7 children / Witayalai school - 7 children / Darasamuth school - 9 children
All those children lost one parent or both of them and some of their families have lost most of their belongings.
Each child has been donated a sum of 10,000 bahts (2,000 bahts x 5 months help) via their school principal, who will be managing the special account opened in each child's name.
Thanks to all our generous donators !!!
List of children affected by the tsunami, who received aid
February 2005 Update actions taken and results:
15.01.05 31.01.05: follow-up donations, bank reports of transfers, more collecting of informations about needy persons, their needs, affected areas etc
Meetings with French and Belgian Embassies, French Ministry of Tourism
Concerting with private help associations and NGO's
Withdrawal for attribution donation: purchase of boat-engines, mattresses, sleeping mats, mosquito-nets, carpentry tools, toys, baby-bottles, powder-milk, canned and fresh food, kitchenware, etc
renting of a pick-up car and joining a convoy of friends ( private help ) having several pick-ups, a truck and cars loaded with all the abovementioned supplies.
Departure in direction of Kuraburi and Khao Lak areas ( severely hit ).
Meeting with Mr Christian Patouraux, half Belgian and half French, who is our contact person on the spot.
The whole convoy goes with him to several refugee camps (survivors from Koh Pratong, villages of Koh Rah, Tapek Yoi and Tong Dab) dispatched in different locations in the Kuraburi area and to a refugee camp in Khukhak (sea gypsies Mokken survivors from Khao Lak area).
To all those families, we distribute our supplies (see our pictures).
We would like to thank our kind and helpful friends in that convoy :
Henry Her, Christian Patouraux, Thierry Buffin de Chosal, Nicolas Stoffel, Daniele Billaud, Pascal and Catherine, and our son Boris.
All our private expenses are supported by ourselves, as we pledged to do.
Our helping pictures in the 3 villages near Khao Lak
March 2005 Update actions taken and results:
Here below is the list of 36 children who lost one or both parents by the tsunami. They all come from Phi Phi Islands.
Update actions and results May and June 2005
Closer to us, we recently helped two families of our resort's employees : they lost a couple of longtail boats, some snorkeling equipments and washing machines, and thus part of their monthly income (taxi service, tour service, snorkeling rental, laundry service).
Also due to the destruction of Phi Phi's primary school, the child of one of our staff members had to be transferred to another province in Northern Thailand, in order to stay with his grandparents and be able to continue to go to school, which is bringing additional costs to be supported by that family.
The amounts of respectively 100,000 bahts and 20,000 bahts have been given to them.
On 31.05.05 an amount of 50,000 bahts has already been attributed (through the Hi Phi Phi Foundation) to a local family of Koh Phi Phi (the Arida family, about 30 members), in order to help them with the electrical wiring of their still standing house (connection to the generator) and to rebuild some temporary houses, so that they can re-occupy their family estate in Tonsai Bay (Koh Phi Phi) and restart their small businesses. An additional amount of 100,000 bahts has also been handed to them on June 24, 2005.
On 17.6.05 we handed, on behalf of our benefactors, to the Club Franco Siam (Mr. Richard Berthe) an amount of 100,000 bahts : 79,000 bahts are donated to a primary school of Phuket-Kathu district and 21,000 bahts have been handed to Mrs. Pen, who lost all her belongings and transportation means in the tsunami, in order to help her rebuy a small motorbike.
Another 200,000 bahts will be allocated soon to another needy family in Koh Phi Phi, in order to help its members to come back on their land and rebuild their house as soon as possible : 30,000 bahts have already been given and the rest will be spread over several months.
Update actions and results July-October 2005
- Late August, an additional amount of 60,000 bahts has been allocated for a secondhand longtail-boat.
- Beginning of October, another amount of 50,000 bahts has been given to some Thai families in compensation for the loss of activity and income.
- Among our friends from Koh Phi Phi, a Thai-Australian couple, Toy and Carolyn, lost their small daughter and Carolyn's sister in the tsunami, as well as their business. Together with the help of some volunteers, they took up with a great deal of courage the conception and organization of a 'memorial garden', located at the Loh Dalum Bay in Koh Phi Phi (a 800 m2 plot of land reaffected to that purpose by the owners of a small resort that has been washed away by the wave). An amount of 5,000 bahts has already been allocated as contribution in the plants, trees and ponds' setting.
Because we cannot and will not forget the tragic losses of lifes, the sorrow of the families, the tribute to our lost friends, the chain of generosity and solidarity of our relatives, pals, acquaintances worldwide, the courage of many and the hopes of all of us for a brighter and better future.