A look back at 5 years: Numbers and Highlights

JC06About 5 years ago, my friend Mike and I had the idea of starting an organization that would enable ordinary people to transform refugees lives in Bangkok, Thailand. As I imagined the model in my head, I remember thinking that if people’s hearts opened to refugees, we could change the world.

For the past 5 years, it has been my joy to see so many people’s hearts open on a scale I never imagined. We now support approximately 300 refugees, provide about 40 educational scholarships, and partner with 5 different churches in Bangkok. We also currently have approximately 90 refugees on our waitlist. (Click here to see how We Want to End the List)

Check out the numbers and highlights below to see the difference people are making. (We use June to May, since that is our fiscal year, for accounting purposes)

June 2009- May 2010

Highlights:

  • Mike and Chris meet Dilan
  • Newsong community helps to provide food and shelter to Dilan and his family
  • Chris leaves Bangkok

Numbers:

  • Bangkok Church partners: 1
  • Refugees: 4
  • Educational scholarships: 0

June 2010- May 2011

Highlights:

Numbers

  • Bangkok church partners: 1
  • Refugees: 12
  • Educational scholarships: 0

 

June 2011- May 2012

Highlights

  • Life Raft is officially incorporated in Virginia
  • Life Raft obtains 501(c)3 status
  • Life Raft gets a website and a logo

 Numbers

  • Bangkok Church partners: 1
  • Refugees: 12
  • Educational scholarships: 0

June 2012-May 2013

Highlights

 

Numbers

  • Bangkok church partners: 1
  • Refugees: 60
  • Educational Scholarships: 2

 

June 2013-May 2014

Highlights

 

Numbers

  • Bangkok church partners: 2
  • Refugees: 100
  • Educational Scholarships: 7

 June 2014-May 2015

Highlights

 Numbers

  • Bangkok church partners 5
  • Refugees: 250
  • Educational Scholarships: 30

Since the end May 2015, we have supported around 50 new refugees, and provided 8 new educational scholarships. Thank you all for enabling us to make this difference! We would love to have you join us, as we take more steps to transform lives in Bangkok.