Rice Bags, Plastic Bottles & a Piece of String
One of the many issues that people have to deal with in the current floods, is access to food and water. The government and other organizations are out there giving out food and water to the hundreds of thousands affected by flooding, but this aid is usually only brought to the edge of the floods. So many people have to make there way through the floods, often many kilometers, to reach this aid. For the lucky few with a boat this is easy. For others they make makeshift rafts out of whatever they can find. But for many, they are stuck at home. Fearful of the dangers of wading through water that is often neck deep or deeper, especially when many cannot swim, they are unable to get access to food and water for their families. Even for some with access to a boat or temporary raft, the dangers of going out into a large body of water when they are unable to swim are great.
One of the ways that YWAM Thailand, and other organizations, are trying to meet this need, is by making and giving out life jackets to many affected by the floods. A life jacket not only makes it easier to get through the flood waters safetly, but gives it's wearer peace of mind, that even though the water may be knee deep or neck deep, if something happens, they will stay afloat.
What does it take to make a life jacket? All you need is some rice bags, plastic bottles, and a piece of string. Over the past two weeks, many volunteers from YWAM Thailand, outreach teams and the local community have spent many hours sewing together life jackets to give out to people in flooded areas.