One of the owners of our school, Khun Taya Teepsuwan, has initiated a brilliant new project with some friends. ‘Saveเรา Saveหมอ’ (‘Save Us, Save Doctors’) aims to support the doctors and nurses working on the front line of this pandemic. There are various components to their work; all of which will bolster much-needed medical supplies.
The first part of the project has involved hand-making 5000 cloth masks. High demand has left a national shortage of masks. By producing cloth masks for people in the community, more surgical / medical masks can be available for the doctors who need them so crucially. Volunteers have been making and distributing cloth masks to non-medical workers who need them most. For example, motorbike and car taxi drivers, garbage collectors and many more. This production and distribution will continue for as long as there is a shortage of masks.
The second part of the project is an art auction to raise money in support of doctors and nurses. The group behind the project asked 5 famous artists to draw pictures and put them up for auction. So far they have raised 165,000 THB from the auction and have used those funds (in addition to other donations) to buy important medical equipment, such as PPE suits, face shields and N95 masks. These have all been donated to Rama hospital.
The third component to this incredible project has been creating the ‘Hero Bags’. Many doctors are spending night and day in hospital: eating, sleeping and working tirelessly . The ‘Hero Bags’ offer survival kits for individual use including many necessary items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving kits, cutlery, tumblers, pillows, blankets, towels, shampoo and shower gels, sanitizers and energy bars. With many donations already contributed, initially the team plan to create 500 ‘Hero Bags’.
Khun Taya and friends, plus the wonderful volunteers, intend to continue these different projects within the ‘Save Us, Save Doctors’ campaign for as long as we are in this crisis. Now, more than ever, we need to help each other to help this country.
If you would like to donate to the project please see the bank details below.