South of Thailand, in Takuapa, is a congregation
that knew the effects of a natural cataclysm. A lot of
the families’ members that suffered from the
December 2004 tsunami as well as the survivors were
helped by the LCC (the Lutheran Church-Canada).
community was a centre for bodies’ identification
and for emergency efforts. It was the time for the
children of the Lutheran Church from Takuapa Sahatay
to help by donating about 300 baht to the Haiti
majority of the church’s members are poor, living at
the subsistence level, but their gesture is a proof
of their love experienced from Lord and His Son, as
the president of the Lutheran Church Canada,
Reverend Robert Bugbee said.
donation came form the churches’ members who
attended a convention of the Igelsia Luterana Sinodo
de Nicaragua, at a short time after the big
earthquake from Haiti. Many of the
members received help from the Lutheran Church, in 1998,
after the hurricane Mitch.
president of the church said that the people respond
to the others’ needs with generosity when they
understand the sacrifice of His own Son, by God, to
give us a new life and forgiveness.
donations for Haiti came also from some special
friends. A boy of 7 years called Peter and his
friends PlaiKacha and Plai Yodyeam (24 and 14 years
old) dedicated their time and energy to collect
donations for the Haitian victims. The three friends
collected money in Bangkok, in some white baskets
with the red crosses painted on them. About $21.000
(700.000 baht) were raised and donated to the Red
Cross Society’s Haiti Relief Fund from Thailand,
surpassing the donation of the Thai government.
you don’t know is that the three friends are
elephants, living with other 150 pachyderms in
Ayutthaya, at 50 miles in the Bangkok’s north, in a
This is not the
only help offered by the Thai elephants; they also moved the
toppled trees after floods, saved cars from water, cleared
was removed and bodies were recovered in the south
of Thailand, by tuskers, 5 years ago, after a huge
tsunami that devastated the shore close to the
Indian Ocean. A Royal Elephant Kraal and Village,
Ewa Narkiewicz from Australia said that the
elephants can help with their force and intelligence
but also can provide an important moral help.
animals are a visible and important part of
Thailand, spiritually and culturally. Peter
attracted a lot of attention while collecting the
money for Haiti, being happy to be spoiled with
sugar cane. A sort of racist Thailand donation for
Haiti consisted in 50.000 bottles with cream that
whitens the skin.
came from the Thailand’s government as a respond to the
international criticism regarding the $20.000 donated by
this country to Haiti. Kasit Piromya, the foreign minister
said that the people of Haiti have a very dark skin and this
is one of the reasons of their poverty.