Helping others to help themselves

lifestyle July 09, 2017 10:05

By The Nation

Recognising the potential in children with disabilities as well as the underprivileged, Vejdusit Foundation under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness the late Princess Galyani Vadhana recently extended its efforts to drive change and opportunity for youngsters with the launch of “Unlimited Dreams #3 Do-It-Together”, the third installment of the foundation’s successful campaign.

. This time the foundation has partnered with leading Thai fashion designers to give the children valuable experience in fashion workshops and to be part of the design process of “adaptive clothing”.

The foundation also calls for those interested in making a difference to be a part of the project through donations to support the production of adaptive clothing that will later be distributed to those in need countrywide.

“Vejdusit Foundation aims to play a key role in strengthening the capabilities and ensuring equal opportunity for children with disabilities and the underprivileged, so they can grow into quality citizens and achieve their career goals,” said Assoc Prof Ajjima Srethaputr, Secretary of Vejdusit Foundation.

“Our Unlimited Dreams 1 and 2 were very successful, not only in driving society but also inspiring the children we want to help. That success made us realise that it is very important to have great partnerships.”

“This year, Vejdusit Foundation will partner with leading Thai fashion designers, namely Sretsis, Patinya and Greyhound Original. The foundation and co-creators will provide the children with chances to work with the country’s top designers in fashion workshops and be a part of the adaptive clothing design process. The experience will help develop their creativity and production skills and we hope that it will also unleash their potential and develop into a lifelong career,” she said.

Adaptive clothing involves the changing of sewing patterns and clothing components so the garments can be easily worn, a huge milestone for these people in achieving a higher quality of life and eliminating daily restrictions. Such clothing could also be tailored for those with very limited mobility. The foundation hopes to solve the difficulties people with disabilities face when changing their clothes.

The co-creators will create adaptive clothing and train craftsmen with disabilities in production skills and sewing techniques. The clothes will later be distributed to people with physical disabilities, the elderly, and the infirm.

Those interested in making a difference for children with disabilities and underprivileged children can donate to Vejdusit Foundation’s TMB bank account number 214-2-05882-1. For more information, can to Vejdusit Foundation’s page on Facebook or #VejdusitFoundation #UnlimitedDreams.