The latest news from the M2030xCOVID19 campaign highlights several COVID-19 response projects from an M2030 partner in Thailand.
The Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation, a pioneering partner of M2030, has partnered with its parent group, the DTGO Group of Companies, to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis in Thailand. Through a wide variety of relief projects, the Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation and DTGO have assisted hospitals and frontline medical workers, as well as low income people whose livelihoods have been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation and DTGO have contributed over 50 million Thai baht towards these relief efforts.
Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation has collaborated with many partners to implement COVID-19 relief projects. Partners have included the Buddharaksa Foundation, the Buddharaksa Family Association, and the DTGO Group of Companies, including Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC), Whizdom Society, 1.6 Development, Dees Supreme, Shellhut Entertainment, and Brites Company. The various assistance projects have been implemented under the concept of “Hearts United, with Love and Care for Every Aspect of Thai Society, to Get Through This Together.”
The assistance projects have been designed to target two groups of recipients. First, healthcare workers who are fighting the pandemic on the frontline have been given top priority. To this end, Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation and DTGO Group of Companies have donated 100,000 surgical masks, 30,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 20,000 KN95 masks, 20,000 face shields, 10,000 raincoats, and 2,000 safety goggles to support Thailand’s frontline health staff at 86 hospitals nationwide. DTGO’s Shellhut Entertainment also contributed 40,000 face shields assembled by staff volunteers.
Additionally, DTGO’s Obodroid, an MQDC joint venture company, has collaborated with the “CU ROBO COVID” team at Chulalongkorn University to develop “Pinto.” Pinto is a robot assistant to physicians and nurses that allows remote patient care, reducing the risks of infections for medical personnel. Pinto is now operating in 10 hospitals around the country, and enables hospital staff to deliver food, medicine and medical supplies to COVID-19 patients using a remote-controlled cart. The Pinto cart is also equipped with a camera and video screen, allowing staff and patients to interact over video chat.
The second target group of Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation and DTGO’s projects are people on low incomes whose livelihoods have been affected by measures to prevent the outbreak. This group includes informal employees and street food vendors who are fundamental to the wellbeing of society. Several projects have reached out to a diverse group of people such as daily-wage and informal workers, Buddhist monks, and elderly people nationwide:
- Through “DTGO Hearts United,” DTGO employees have contributed part of their salary, through Buddharaksa Foundation, to substitute lost income of daily-wage and informal workers, among others, who have been financially affected by Covid-19.
- Through the “Food for Hope” project, DTGO’s Mulberry Grove and 1.6 Development have engaged local restaurants to prepare lunch boxes for 140 households of unemployed and elderly people in Bangkok. Since April 13th, these communities behind Thong Lo Police Station and Soi Charoen Suk (Khlong Toei) have been receiving freshly cooked food.
- Through the “Food Offering for Buddhist Monks” project, DTGO’s Whizdom Society has been providing breakfast and lunch to Buddhist monks at Samphanthawong, Moli Lokyaram Ratchaworawihan and Rama 9 temples in the absence of alms gathering.
- Through the “Dietary Supplement for Elderly People with Low Immunity” project, DTGO’s “The Aspen Tree” has delivered relief supply bags containing food, consumer goods, face masks, and dietary supplements to elderly people in care homes.
- In a similar vein, through the “MQDC Giving Against COVID-19” project, DTGO’s MQDC is providing relief supply bags containing essential goods and sanitation products to 1,687 households affected by the pandemic. Recipients include residents and Buddhist monks living in communities near the company’s real estate project sites in Phra Khanong and Khlong San districts.
Additionally, in a project that benefits both the environment and the people who have lost income, DTGO’s MQDC Forestias’ “Forest for Life” project is providing seedlings to people, in collaboration with government agencies and communities, to grow into plants and trees to create a forest city and to generate income for the growers.
“DTGO and its associated charities are aware of the urgent need for everyone to help each other to get everyone through the crisis, so we are joining forces to accelerate the delivery of assistance to various sectors in Thai society,” said Dr. Wit Soontaranun, Director of Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation.
The concerted effort made by Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation and the DTGO Group of Companies is key to ensuring that communities stay healthy until social distancing is no longer needed. Through a wide variety of projects, the Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation is demonstrating how foundations and businesses can work together to make a difference in the fight against COVID-19.