TEST YOURSELF: Help me, help you

Photo courtesy of Covid Thailand Aid
Photo courtesy of Covid Thailand Aid

Lending a hand to those who need it most

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Thailand’s semi-lockdown after the third wave hit us hard. Many Thais are struggling to earn a living or have no access to social welfare. Here are some ways you can help during these difficult times.

Hot Meals For Communities
BKK Community Help is serving hot meals to Bangkok communities and giving essential kits, which include canned food, drinks, care packages and much more. Be a part of their team by helping them pack and deliver at Art Hostel on Sukhumvit 40. Delivery hours for hot meals are from 10-11am for lunch and 3-4pm for dinner. For those who want to donate lunch or dinner boxes, note that they will accept chicken or vegetarian meals only. These can be delivered to the community's kitchen at House 23 (Sunrise Tacos office, next to Galleria 10 Hotel) on Sukhumvit 10.
Visit fb.com/BkkCommunityHelp.

Covid Thailand Aid fund
Covid Thailand Aid helps vulnerable groups across Thailand by distributing essential kits for the elderly, disabled, low-income families and other needy people. The foundation also reserves an emergency fund for staff and their families who are at risk, working at medical sites and dealing with Covid directly.
Visit fb.com/covidthailandaid and bit.ly/COVIDthailandaid2021.

Spread The Love
Socialgiver's new campaign "Spread The Love" on Facebook is aimed at collecting funds for those who have Covid-19 or have been negatively affected by it, but cannot reach online media for help. You can be a part of it by posting and sharing stories of people who need help via the campaign post in the comment section. The page receives the requests from Monday to Friday. After the stories are verified, four people a week will receive between B1,000-B5,000 in financial help.
Visit fb.com/socialgiver and ddl.socialgiver.com/ddl/spreadthelove to donate.

Rescue Kitchen
Scholars of Sustenance Foundation has come up with the Rescue Kitchen campaign for people in need while they are trying to solve the food waste problem. Leftover meats and vegetables that are in good condition will be gathered from markets and transported to community rescue kitchens where volunteers use them to prepare hot meals.
Visit fb.com/sosfoundationthai and bit.ly/sosthailandcovid to donate.

Roadside Patient Project fund
The Mirror Foundation is providing financial aid for the homeless who cannot access government social welfare with B1,000 per person in cash. The foundation has discovered that the homeless are unable to register a bank account for organisations to transfer living expenses to them. What's worse, a chance for them to access government benefits using an ID card is also impossible since they have no permanent address.
Visit fb.com/mirrorf.

Section 1: Write the correct answer in the space provided.
1. Which venue on Sukhumvit 40 does BKK Community Help use? …………….
2. Which meat does BKK Community Help accept donations of? …………….
3. What is the maximum amount of help Spread The Love gives? …………….
4. Where does Rescue Kitchen find its food? …………….
5. Who cannot get a bank account?…………..
6. What is impossible to get without a permanent address? …………….

Section 2: Read the following passage. Then, fill in the blanks with the correct words from the choices given.
Rajavithi Hospital Foundation's Taxi Hero is …7… free transport for Covid-infected patients or …8… people, who have trouble getting to the hospital. The service covers Bangkok and …9… provinces, and …10… between 9am-7pm.
7. __A. offer             __B. offer                __C. offering
8. __A. risky                 __B. at-risk               __C. risk
9. __A. next            __B. close               __C. adjacent
10. __A. operated            __B. operate                __C. operates

Section 3: Find words that match the following definitions.
11. money, food, medicine or other supplies that are given to people or countries who need them ……………
12. a set of activities planned to achieve something such as social change……………
13. proved that something is true ……………
14. payments given by the government to people in need …………

Answers: 1. Art Hostel. 2. chicken. 3. B5,000. 4. markets. 5. the homeless. 6. government benefits. 7. c. 8. b. 9. c. 10. c. 11. aid. 12. campaign. 13. verified. 14. benefits.

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