Rotary gives poor families in Pattaya chance to earn a living

Kantana Pornchai and Supat Tiempoon give a demonstration on how to make tasty noodles with pork on their brand new noodle cart.

The Take Care Kids Foundation, a local charity backed by Rotary International District 2060 in Italy, gave South Pattaya families a chance to earn a living with the donation of food carts and cooking equipment.

The foundation’s Chanat Chalom and Petcharat Inkong presented a total of four carts to Soi Khopai Community Aug. 4 and Sept. 15 as part of the group’s “Street Food for Life” program.

The program is run in cooperation with 11 Italian Rotary Clubs: Caorle, Portogruaro, Sacile Centenario, Cividale del Friuli, Gemona Friuli Collinare, Lignano Sabbiadoro Tagliamento, Opitergino Mottense, Pordenone Alto Livenza, San Dona ‘di Piave, Tolmezzo Alto Friuli and Trieste Nord.

The scheme is aimed at single mothers and families in economic difficulties with the goal of providing an occupation to those who, due to the coronavirus pandemic, have lost nearly everything.

The Rotary-donated noodle cart gives a local family the chance to earn a living.

Take Care Kids Thailand Foundation has operated in and outside Pattaya since 2006 and was recognized officially by the Ministry of Social and Welfare in 2010. Project manager and foundation founder Juergen Lusuardi said many people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and, thus, the foundation decided to give people a chance to return to an almost normal life.

The project donates carts for the sale of fruit or hot dishes. In addition to donating the cart, foundation staff run a class on how to prepare noodle dishes on a street cart quickly and make them ready to sell.

The foundation takes donations and nominations for cart recipients at 062-482-9697.

This family wasted no time in getting their business off to a profitable start.

An elderly gentleman will now be able to make a living to support his family.

This family receives a food cart giving them a chance to sell ‘Street Food for Life.’

Community leaders give thumbs up to Rotary and the Take Care Kids Foundation for giving the people a fighting chance during the pandemic.