Feeding Phuket

Update posted by Honey Meek On May 16, 2020

FULL UPDATE ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN KAMALA, SURROUNDING AREAS & PHUKET. PLEASE READ IN FULL....

Good Morning Everyone, My apologies for the lack of continuous updates during the last day or so. This has been for a few reasons but I now want to give you a full update on the situation in Kamala, the surrounding areas and Phuket, as a whole.

I'm happy to say that the situation has lessened slightly here & yesterday it was announced that as of tomorrow Phuket will no longer be in lockdown. The airport is reopening, any sub districts still left closed will also reopen & people can start to go back to work. This does not immediately change the situation but it does mean there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Many of the workers in Phuket are migrant workers & many tend to come here from the North of Thailand to work in the tourist industry. As of around 10 days ago 5,000 people per day were approved to leave the island to go back to their provinces. This means there are less people on the island now than even a week ago

For the purposes of full transparency I wanted to let you know that a couple of days ago I began to notice the same faces in the queues across the 3 restaurants in Kamala who have all been distributing the free meals. This made me feel a little uncomfortable being fully aware that there are many, many people who are not being helped at this time & that the same people were being fed more than once in one day.

The situation began here a good 6-7 weeks ago & there have been many people, like myself who have been helping to raise money & feed Phuket from day one. I only started less than 2 weeks ago but having started this it has meant I have been able to make some new connections & get some good guidance on how to move forward with all your kind donations to ensure it is all spent on people who really need it & today it has been decided the strategy will change.

There are many camps around Phuket (like the one pictured below) These camps are full of workers from Northern Thailand but mainly Myanmar. One of these camps is right on my doorstep! There have been teams of volunteers driving around for weeks looking for these camps, establishing how many families & therefore people are in each camp and then instead of meals, food parcels have been put together and delivered with dry goods such as Rice, Noodles, tinned fish etc so that they can cook & eat for more than one day. Today I met someone from the camp on my doorstep & discovered it has not been visited & therefore has received no help at all & that there are 20 families living there. Right now I do not know how many people in each family or how many babies but I will go to visit later today with friends to establish this and your donations will be spent on food parcels for these families.

I believe what has been raised so far will stretch much further by doing it this way & I also believe it can go to help more than one camp.

The restaurants in Kamala are still receiving their own donations and sponsors & they are still serving more than 1,200 - 1,500 meals a day and are doing an amazing job!! The people who receive these meals are genuinely in need & they will make their own decisions on how much longer they will continue to cook the meals.

For me, for now, I believe that together we have raised enough to make a massive difference here & I feel until all of your kind donations have been spent in the correct way. No more should be sent. It is really difficult to say if the tiny improvements I am seeing are a sign of a positive change or just a lull & that a second wave will come, only time will tell !?!?!

So, I want to send a massive Thank You to each & every one of you for taking the time to share this story & to send money. A very special shout out goes to Ben Murphy who has single handedly managed to raise around 50% of the total raised so far!! One day you will meet those you've helped Ben :) A special Thanks also goes to Jane Halls for your amazing hula hoop challenge

I will continue to keep everyone updated over the coming days while we buy the goods for the food parcels, package & distribute them. As well as talk to other volunteers in other areas helping similar camps. Meantime, please do not send any more money. I will look into how I can pause the GoGetFunding page in case a second wave does come

I hope everyone is happy with this update & you will all agree on the change of strategy. Feel free to message me privately with any questions etc

Thank You

Honey x



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Update posted by Honey Meek On May 11, 2020

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Hi All, Thanks so much for the donations so far!! It has been incredible & outside of this page we have raised in excess of 100,000 Thai Baht. I just wanted to do a quick update & let you know that money is slowly starting to land & alongside Cocorico restaurant we have taken a register of babies from the ages of 0-24 months so we can start providing Baby Milk Powder & nappies. We stopped the register at 52 in one day, middle of last week until I knew the money was coming. I was going to post photos of this register till I realised it has Telephone Numbers. I'm posting some photos of children instead. This is heartbreaking!!

. The team of 9-10 girls who have been working voluntarily for around 20 days now are all currently busy cooking & parcelling the food ready for distribution to 350 people in one hour from now. Tomorrow morning we will go & buy the Baby Milk Powder & Nappies & start contacting all 52 mothers to come & collect this for their babies. I will try & update this page as much as possibly can but please check out & join the Facebook Group page as this is where you will see regular updates throughout the day, every day. Massive, massive thank you once again. Honey

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Apologies for the embarrassing error in my donation before... should have went to spec savers 👊

Lee Hewitt

Backed with ฿800.00 On May 15, 2020

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Wishing you the very best of luck raising the cash you need. Helping people in desperate need takes a special kind and what a wonderful thing to do. You's are truly wonderful people and a credit to both yourselves and Thailand. The compassion, affection and efforts you are demonstrating is nothing short of admireable and an inspiration to humanity. Keep up the amazing work, stay safe and well!

Lee Hewitt

Backed with ฿20.00 On May 15, 2020

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Well done Honey, what a wonderful thing that you are doing. So many people need help at this time. I hope my donation helps a little. Take care. Xxx

Johanna grey

Backed with ฿1500.00 On May 14, 2020

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First release of money from Facebook Fund for 5k For Kamala..now it's started releasing I will be sending the money every day..amount reached to date is €2044, Much love & well done Honey Meek, Ben Murphy ❤️

Bernadette Murphy

Backed with ฿4352.00 On May 13, 2020

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Anonymous

Backed On May 12, 2020 Amount Hidden

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Fantastic work Honey Meek..much love to you all..Ben Murphy ❤️

Bernadette Murphy

Backed with ฿11695.00 On May 12, 2020

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Anonymous

Backed with ฿500.00 On May 12, 2020

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Keep us the amazing work Honey 😘

Luke Woodcock Woodcock

Backed with ฿1000.00 On May 12, 2020

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Guest

Backed with ฿5.00 On May 12, 2020

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Amazing effort Honey and I sincerely hope that things get better for everyone soon. Hope this helps xx

Stuart Murphy

Backed with ฿2000.00 On May 10, 2020

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