Project Chiang Mai 2013

Hey y’all!

As you may have recently discovered that we have postponed Project Myanmar this year due to the SEA Games which coincidentally will be held in Myanmar at the same time we are suppose to be there.  We came to this decision due to the fact that hotel rooms are pretty booked up, while everything else is inflated for this upcoming huge event in Southeast Asia. As a result, we reckon that our every dollar cannot be stretched as much as we expected it to be. We want our donors’ money well spent. At the same time, as all expenses are paid by the members themselves, it will be pretty costly for them as well.

Hence we have brought forward our next year’s project, which is to Chiang Mai. With God’s blessings, we managed to get contacts and information for the north western parts of Thailand, Pai District of Mae Hon Son. Pai is a village within the valley of mountains which is about 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai city. The people there are mainly from hill-tribes and have been living in poverty.

The School/Orphanage:

We have a few options actually but just to mention one of them, which is a school cum orphanage. This school has 200 kids and out of the 200 kids, there are 40 orphans, whom were made orphans overnight by irresponsible parents who dumped them in the school and didn’t come back for them. That’s how poor they are. The kids will be fed lunch in school daily and you can imagine the cost for feeding 200 kids. Their staples have been poor quality broken rice and vegetables. Meat or even noodles are rare unless some charity/volunteer groups come along and buy them lunch when they visit. So quite likely we wanna help this principal who dedicated her life to taking care of these children (especially the orphans), forgoing her own marriage and possible city life.

How You Can Help:

Contributions can be in the form of the following:

  1. Sponsor A Bag Of Rice – S$50 for 100kg of broken rice. They need basic necessities like these on top of other stuff like mosquito nets, sanitary pads, soap, milk powder.
  2. Sponsor A Lunch Of Love – We will engage a cook from an eatery in Pai to cook a simple noodle soup lunch for 200 kids and staff. Cost is around S$500 per lunch. (We were told that some kids can eat 3-4 bowls as they do not know when they will get to eat this again.)
  3. Donate A Cartridge Of Polaroid Films – We need around 25 cartridges so that each kids will get to keep a Polaroid picture taken with one or more of our members. So that they will be reminded that when they grow up, they can also help others in need.

There will be excess from these money that are donated and we will donate them to the school.

We will be organizing a Coffee Appreciation Session also, price at around S$50 per pax. Venue and date yet to be confirmed. Same thing, surplus will be donated to the school.  We will also be using our balance funds from last year to buy stationeries and snacks for the kids, and maybe donate some money also.  All spending and donors will be mentioned in this website after the whole event, just like what we did for the past few years.

Tentative Dates:

25th to 30th Dec 2013

For those who wanna join us in this expedition, we are limiting to 16pax only. Our members going this year consist of 9 pax already. All base on first-come-first-join basis. 🙂 All expenses (air tickets, accommodation, transportation, food, tour, etc) will be shared and paid out of the participant’s pocket. Funds collected will be used for the beneficiary/beneficiaries only.

So if you and your mates would like to sponsor or donate any of the above-mentioned, or if you would like to join us for this trip, please email us at cggsingapore@gmail.com. Be sure to ‘Follow Us’ here, our Twitter @caregiversgroup and our Facebook Page for further announcements for the trip and activities.

We need all the help we can get! Looking forward to hear from you guys! 🙂

Care always,

CGG Committee

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2012 EXPENDITURE & DONOR LIST

On behalf of all members and beneficiaries of Care Givers Group, I would like to thank all family, friends and partners who have donated or contributed in any way to our year of activities. We can only do so much but with your support, we can go further to reach out to more kids in need in Asia. God bless y’all!

TOTAL COLLECTED (2012) AMOUNT (SGD)
FUND BAKE $1,700.00
COOKIES OF LOVE $2,190.00
CASH DONATION $3,850.00
CARD SALES $847.00
TOTAL COLLECTION (2012) $8,587
TOTAL EXPENDITURE (2012) $5,546
BALANCE FUNDS (2012) $3,041
DONATION BROUGHT FORWARD (2011) $1,272
BALANCE FUNDS CARRY FORWARD TO 2013 $4,313

 

DONOR LIST

COOKIES SALE CARD SALES CASH DONATION FUND BAKE STUDENT SPONSORSHIP
Sharon Nai Roshe Sun Chen Nan Chia Hwee Lang Yan Yan
Rosy Ho Chua Beng Wah Xu Pei hui Roy Lim Rosalind Lim
Roy Lim Sue Yap Roy isobel li dingding
Han Joo Sharon Nai Rosaline Lee Glynis Hong
Yee Wei Ling
Aileen Wong
Lee Siew Poh SUN Chen-Nan
Dennis Cheong Penny Choo Lee Siew Poh’s mum Weng Cha
Kok Eugene
Chew Keng Wah
Dennis Cheong Ampara Aramcharoen
Kong Tuck Chee Adeline Koh Saudah H M N Diana
Tey Ju Nie Guan Leng Maxx Carmen
Koh shi ying Shermaine Tan Tai Ngiap Rosaline
Magendran Phil Quek Sze Wei Lim Peck Cheng
Lee Bing Yang Kon How Natalie Sok Gek Bay Tay Yu Ling
Deng Xinying June Amy Ng Khuang Choo Pu Lu
Zinkie Aw
HuiShi
Goh Puay Yew Zhang Jiazhen
Roshe Ye Ling Toh Lay Hong Teh Qing Li
Goh Chwee Sim Marisca Diana Chng Lay Yan Rachel Chan
Lee Siew Poh Peter Peh Pei Ru Sharon Nai
Chitra Kumar Andrew Ching Sieh Woon Ang Xiao Fang
Sue Yap
Roy
Joyce Chan Maxx Chew
Lina Nai Ong Teck Guan Sim King Huei Jonathan Seow
Julia Nai Annie Samantha Ong Shen Jau
Yvonne Wei Lin Lin Wanqing Han Joo
Cai Shiyun Jason Yap Qiuyi Rachel Tan
lance soon Grace Isaac Chua Eugene Kok
Lim Peck Cheng Juliana Keith Man Charlene Soon
Rachel Tan Andrea Chong Khai Siang Nur
Tay Yee Yan Winnie Joshua Chua Brenda Nai
Iris Wee Tiffany Samuel Choo Paul Poh
Jonathan Seow Faith Lee Peili
Zhang Nan Sunnie Amelia Lim
Elaine Neo Jane Rosalind Yeo
Diane Pek JiaSheng Chia Suwei
Teng Oon Tang Ashley Trina Gan
Adrian Leow Debbie Serene Ong
Ho Xinning Mindy John Chiah
Tan Sai Choo Eve Diana Tan
Lim Lay Huat Matthew
Sun Chen Nan Simon
Juay Shenny
Chen Hui-chi Rachael Teo
Chai Chai Hoon Christina Lee
Trina Gan Lee Siew Hua
Sim King Huei Goh Tong
Samantha Ong Iris Wee
Samuel Choo Lee Kim Kiok
Karen Ow TC Wee
Audrey Khng Wee Xin Lin
Tam Yongwei Wee Xin Hui
Jason Foo Wee Xin Min
Tay Xinyun
Chia Suwei
Tan Say Hong
Lin Qingyao
Michelle Phoo
Ching Sieh Woon
Daniel Soo
Jamie Chia
Claire Zhang
Seah Seng Chye
Terence Lim
Joyce Puah
Wong Jia Yun
Deborah Chia
Lilian

Thank you all once again and do keep a look out for our activities this year and not forgetting our annual year end trip! If you wanna join us for the trip or contribute in any way, write to us at cggsingapore@gmail.com! We would like to hear from you! 🙂

 

Care always,

Care Givers Group

Dec 2012 – Cookies Of Love Baking Day!!

After a tough 7 hours of non-stop help out from Chef Lun, we have finally done it. 3000+ cookies and 154 tubs later, we were all so tired! But it is all for a good cause and all members are just happy that the delicious cookies were all done!

For pictures of the event, please check out at http://goo.gl/79zAS!

 

With gratitude,

CGG Committee

 

Announcement Made!

Hey y’all,

Some news from one of our members about a lady using the name 爱心团 for fund raising in the name of charity in China. I found out personally as well many people are using that name as well. Hence I hereby announce that Care Givers Group will be known as 新加坡爱心团 with immediate effect, without causing any confusion or friction in our cause of charity works in the near future. 🙂

I’ve just remitted RMB$5000 yesterday to the principal of our beneficiary primary school for Project Guizhou, Project Toilet 2011, so that he will use that money to pay for the deposit for the builders for the toilet to start chopping down wood to dry and ultimately use them for the toilet. When he first told me about chopping trees down, I was like “WHAO… I hope you guys are planting back more trees for every tree you chop!” He reassured me that those guys are in the business of selling and exporting wood… their livelihood depends on it… hence planting back of trees is a MUST!

The principal also made an announcement recently to the students that CGG will be donating and building a new toilet for them and that we will be visiting them at the end of Dec. They were all so happy and excited they started moving the rocks and gravels to lay part of the foundation for the toilet’s waste bins below… things that they can help within their means. I was so touched by their actions and glad to know they are so excited about our whole visit as well! (see slideshow below)

All our participants from Singapore are also very excited about this trip, although only 7 of us vs 142 students, we hope we have more members who can commit their precious 5 annual leave days for these kids next year. While friends and relatives who cannot join us, please continue pray for our safety, pray for the kids, pray for the great teachers and principals who are so committed to their work and lastly, pray for the words that come out from our mouths which may inspire/encourage/touch those people whom we encounter with before, during and after the trip.

Thanks y’all and God bless. 🙂

Care always,

Big Roy

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Care Givers Group In China/Project Guizhou 2011

I always believe God has greater things for me to work on in the Greater China… and so I spoke. I spoke to so many people about CGG in Singapore and even attempted to set up the China team, 爱心团, in Shenzhen where I’m based, but I faced many challenges.

One of the challenges was everyone’s character was different. I met one who is a registered volunteer, super over zealous, want to do volunteer work so badly like as though she has a quota to meet! Told her we’re all working people, we can only do charity when we can like weekends. Then I think she got pissed off… Geez…

Talking about working people, that’s the next challenge. An average worker in Shenzhen, be it blue or white collar, annual leave is 4-5 days. Yes, annual paid leave. Hence it is almost impossible for them to join us in our year end trip to the poor parts of China like Guizhou, Guangxi, Heilongjiang and inner Mongolia which requires a little more time to get to these places. So for those who can join us, great! Those who can’t, they can probably help by collecting old clothes for us to distribute to the schools there or raise funds in other ways.

Then there’s another group who thinks that doing charity requires a lot of money. Let me set this right, doing charity do not need a lot of money. You can do charity in the form of individual like donating some spare cash or old clothes to some organisation, or joining a informal group like CGG to help raise funds and collect old clothes, can foods. etc. Joining in the tour to these places which are paid by yourselves are already a huge contribution to the whole charity atmosphere. The children in these areas would be emotionally touched and happy at the same time if they see us visiting them. That is why CGG insist on going to these poor areas to help Asian kids to experience the kind of hardships they go through as well as witness the giving and sharing ourselves. So that when our members talk about the work we do, they speak through their hearts as their hearts have experienced these events.

There are a lot of signs pointing towards Guizhou. Whilst other provinces and cities enjoy the luxury of tourism and agricultural advantage, places like Guizhou lacks of that. I was told the people living in the mountainous areas, rice is rare and they have roots like potatoes, sweet potatoes, tapioca, etc., for 365 days a year. So I started finding out from people who knows people from Guizhou or those who are working in Shenzhen. Hooked up with a few, who provided me with in depth information which I would never have found out myself. I also found the contacts of one of the primary schools in Congjiang area, southeast of Guizhou, which is very close to Guangxi. Check out the pics of the primary school below:

Old school gate...

Recently someone donated this new school gate... which to me is still filmsy.. but a lot better than the previous!

Typical classroom

Windows outside the classroom

The only way to keep the cold winds from entering the classrooms

Best tables and chairs in the school

Typical condition of the tables and chairs

Some are even spoilt but still being used

Teachers' Workstations...

Canteen

Toilet...

Check out the 'cubicles'... and the little hole on the plank for waste to drop onto the slope...

Plans for better classrooms with a long corridor in the near future

I strongly encourage parents viewing this to show this to your kids or primary school teachers to show to your students on how lucky they are to have such nice classrooms and studying conditions compared to these kids. Please give us your utmost support when we request for collecting old clothes or participate in any of our fund raising activities. We will make sure those donated items/cash will reach the hands of these needy kids and families.

For the trip this year to Guizhou, I really do not know what to expect, as this is poverty at it’s worst. The trip will be rough, tiring and gruesome. But I know God is watching and He is gonna path the way for us and keep us safe. Join us if you wanna make a difference. Dates will be release after our meeting this Sat. 🙂

Till then, watch this space and Facebook. 再见咯!

With gratitude,

Big Roy

SHOUT OUTS TO OUR DONORS!

Hi y’all!

This is the part where we recognise the generosity of our donors for Project Ipoh 2010. Regardless of the amount they have donated, their donations have helped in our efforts to reach out to the less fortunate kids in Asia. We’d like to shout out to the following donors:

  1. Mr. & Mrs Sng (Eugene’s parents)
  2. Lydia
  3. Eugene Lam
  4. Mdm Chong (Effie’s Mum)
  5. Iris’s Mum
  6. Erich Lee & Lilian
  7. Irene Gong
  8. Wong Su Fuen
  9. And donors from Fund Bake Project 2010 (http://wp.me/pE63z-1c)

Special thanks going out to:

  1. Stephanie from Ipoh (Helped arranged for our transportation as well as donated those cute bags for us to use as goodie bags for the kids.)
  2. gooddesignproducts (http://www.facebook.com/gooddesignproducts) – For donating gifts and products to the kids and for our funds raising efforts.

Thank you all once again and this year we will hope to have more activities to engage our friends and colleagues to know us better! Hope to see you all in these events! 🙂

 
With gratitude,
Big Roy

PROJECT IPOH 2010

This year CGG will be heading to Ipoh for our annual charity project. Will be visiting 3 homes collectively. For more details, please ‘like’ us on Facebook under Care Givers Group.

Details of the event can be found here –> http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=118396814894550