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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Miumiu

I was not intending to give anybody money.
I am just going to give a bag of second hand childrens clothes.
I dont think the syndicate(if it exists) will be interested in taking these, from them.


[ Edit: Edited at Oct 30, 2006 11:40 PM by Mel. ]

12. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

Havn't come across amputations, yet, in Thailand where beggers are concernd but a lot of the street children are controlled by organised crime, it's a big thing in Thailand Mel.

13. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

That bit about not giving to the poor is usually the advice given about street beggars. Many of the beggars on the streets - supposedly - are pawns/members of some sort of begging mafia. The actual beggars get very little of the money they collect, or so the story goes, but the bosses of these rings keep the bulk of the money.
But giving money to people in a poor community, as Mel wants to do, is a perfectly good way of helping them. I still haven't called the Duang Prateep Foundation to ask where they are exactly located. I'll try one day this week! But I'm guessing they are fairly close to the Klong Toey subway station. But from that point it may be further than walking distance. More details later.

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Draggons, i still dont see what this has got to do with me, and my giving away my second hand bag of childrens clothes.


15. Posted by salesian (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

I agree with Vegas Mike. Things are dirt cheap in Thailand and there are poor people in parts of Germany who can benefit from the German clothes. I feel really sorry for the poor in parts of Thailand and especially India (i'm half Goan....other bit's Irish) but one things always stands out. The fact that they are so happy with so little. I sometimes wonder who's best off. Another point is how many of your clothes made for Germany's climate would be suitable for Thai kids?
Good luck,

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Thanks Buzzard.

That would be great, if u would tell me the subway station.
But I am flying, on Thursday, so before then, if possible.
They did email, and offer to collect the kiddy clothes, from my hotel, but i would like to visit them and at least get a glimpse of Klong Toey.
I am just bringing them, some of my daughters clothes, and not any money. Just a small donation, but I will bring them some, everytime i visit Thailand. Because i dont want to carry a lot of stuff, while travelling.


17. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

Mel, I just called and got some more information about the location of Duang Prateep Foundation. The closest subway station is the Klong Toey station on Rama IV Road, but the foundation is still a very long walk from that point. The woman that I talked suggested taking a taxi. They are located on Art Narong Road, which runs off Rama IV Road. They are near the Customs Department and the Din Daeng Pier at Klong Toey Port. She also used the word "Jet-Sip Rai" to describe the location. I hope that helps!

18. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting Mel.

Hello Pfeiffer

"Kevin", "Kevin Pfeiffer", or "Mr. Pfeiffer" (if you must), please!

But still plenty get thrown, in the garbage.

Pull them, out. Some of my favourite things to wear have come out of the trash in our building.

Have fun with your bag of clothes and the poor in Bangkok. :)

Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 1, 2006 1:02 AM by pfeiffer ]

19. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Dont worry Salesian
I have been in Thailand, before.
All the clohtes i am bringing are suitable for the climate.


20. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Thanks very much Buzzard.
I will go to Klong Toey subway station. We have plenty of time, so walking will be no problem. And i can always, as they suggested, take a taxi, if it is getting to be too long a walk.