Radiating Love and Care
RADION INTERNATIONAL is a relief and development agency that works in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Thailand; reaching street children, abused womenfolk and broken families.
We are dedicated to serving vulnerable & marginalised communities, empowering them to overcome poverty and social oppression.
Our vision is to be the catalyst for change, transforming broken lives so they can in turn touch others. RADION is currently the only Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) serving this tribal community of 14,000 villagers.
RADION has come a long way since our beginnings in 2007, started by two foolhardy (and some say foolish) Singaporeans who acted upon their compassion for the marginalised. What began simply with an act of feeding 5000 Hmong refugees locked up in a military outpost gradually became a social movement to care for the impoverished Hmong community in Thailand by providing jobs for destitute womenfolk, a shelter for abused children and emotional comfort for the neglected old.
Income generation opportunities for the Hmong is still limited. While Bangkok attracts many visitors and this has helped the Hmong community to slowly develop cultural tourism, farming land is scarce and overworked, in the hill areas where the Hmong live.
RADION is formed out of two words – “RADIATING MISSIONS”. Yes, we are on a mission to serve the poor and marginalised, radiating love and care. It is our vision to see our beneficiaries ‘pay it forward’ by doing likewise for their own communities.
In the past five years, we have established ourselves amongst the Hmong community in Phetchabun. Our outreach efforts to this group of people, included setting up micro-businesses to create jobs for destitute womenfolk, running a home for children from families torn by drug or alcohol abuse and conducting regular visits to the most needy households.
In Singapore, we have also worked to raise awareness of the social and economic conditions of the Hmongs in Thailand through campaigns like our upcoming Project LIVES 2012 – an annual campaign to gather humanitarian relief items for the poorest of poor in the Hmong community. In doing so, we hope to empower the Singapore public to look beyond the comforts of home, and lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate.
Project LIVES 2012
At RADION, we believe that every life matters. Hence we give the best we can to bring help to as many people as we can despite our size. However as much as we try, the scope of our reach is ultimately limited to the size of the help we get. Hence, we need YOU!
Somebody once said, “Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.”
In light of this saying, I’d like to urge you to a response – to give of your time, your resources, and even yourself, turning them into instruments of love and hope, so that others may simply live.
Project Lives 2012 is around the corner, and we are rallying all the help and support we can get. This October, we are inviting friends, associates, the corporate sector and members of the public to join us in the simple act of giving hope. We aim to fill boxes of blankers, clothes, food and medical supplies, loading them in a 40-foot container that will be dispatched to the hill tribesmen in Northern Thailand who are bracing themselves for an intense three-month cold spell from October to December (when temperatures plummet to 3 degrees celsius).
This is not yet another project or community program; it is a call to action! It is a time when as fellow humans, we make a stand for the weak, to aid the poor, and offer strength and hope to the lives who need them most.
Since Project LIVES began, we have managed, with help from donors and volunteers, to deliver aid to impoverished villagers who would otherwise suffer needlessly, or even die – simply because they cannot afford warm clothes or a blanket. You can be the helping hand to them!
How You Can Help
This campaign, RADION is looking for the following relief items:
1. Warm Clothes (ie Jackets, blankets, children/infant wear etc)
2. Hygiene Items (ie soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush etc)
3. Canned or Dried food items with at least 6 months towards expiry
4. Medical supplies
5. Used mobile phones (which will be sold to help offset shipping costs)
We definitely need volunteers to support us to:
1. Help with packing
2. Set up and Man our Collection Points
3. Assist with Loading the 40 Foot Container
To know how YOU can be a part of this life-changing effort, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Project LIVES
Besides Project LIVES, RADION also has a few ongoing projects and events that you may be interested to find out more about.
The STREETKIDS! (STK) program is a 24/7 rehabilitation shelter for children between the ages of 6 to 16 who come from vulnerable and substance abuse backgrounds.
There is a considerable amount of children in the Hmong community who loiter the streets and have either come from abused backgrounds, or gotten themselves involved in glue sniffing, theft and street gangs. Over time, these children-at-risk become outcast from their own society, facing rejection from family, school and neighbors.
Children-at-risk are categorized in 2 ways:
1. Children who are addicted to drugs or those who come abused backgrounds.
2. Vulnerable children from dysfunctional families or families with a history of vice.
We have currently 15 children under our care across two shelters in Chiangmai and in Phetchabun. RADION is currently looking for child sponsors. To find out how, please click here.
Every 3 months, we organize at least one trip for teams who are interested in humanitarian work. Over the years we have received student teams, faith-based organizations, as well as non-religious groups. Find out more here!
Medical Outreach Trips
If you are a doctor or medical student who is keen on applying your skills for a good cause, you could form a team of doctors to join us in extending medical outreach to the local village community in Khek Noi, Phetchabun. Our recent partners were medical students from the NUS School of Medicine.Find out more here!