Jacob and Karly Raber talk to their PCEC audience about their foundation’s work and how they can help them give poor children in Pattaya a better chance at life.

Jacob and Karly Raber were guest speakers at the Wednesday August 3 meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club. They talked about how they gave the children of Pattaya a better chance in life. To do this, they formed the 58.12 United Foundation.

Jacob first described how he came from an Amish community in the United States and how his desire to get out of that community eventually led to their move to Thailand. They arrived in Bangkok about 6 years ago where they taught English for a year. They then decided to move to Pattaya where they continue to live with their three sons, aged 8, 6 and 3. It is their desire to help children break out of the vicious circle of poverty that brought them here.

Jacob and Karly talked about how their Foundation achieves this goal. Currently they work in two communities but hope to expand to other areas in the future. In these two communities, they formed children’s clubs to primarily educate children; not only teaching them English, but also the values ​​they will need to move on to a better life

In response to a question about how their Foundation fits in with others in Pattaya, Karly Jacobs explains that all are worthy and they also work with these organizations to help those in need.

Jacob noted that their mission is the three “E’s” – Educate, Equip and Empower. Through education, children will have the chance to get better paying jobs which they can use to support their families as well as their own children in the future. Thus, it provides the means to break the cycle of poverty they otherwise face.

Equipment involves building community relationships. This allows them to provide advice to families rather than instructions on how to improve their lives. It also involves providing rice and other items if needed. Empowerment is about giving their staff and Thai volunteers the tools to gain confidence in working to help poor families better themselves, especially children.

The Foundation has set up a Community Center. It is open to families to meet and share their experiences. The Center also offers a playground for children. Thus, the Center fosters the community relationships they need to carry out their mission.

MC Ren Lexander presents the PCEC Certificate of Appreciation to Jacob and Karly Raber for their presentation on their Foundation’s efforts to give the children of Pattaya a better chance in escaping the cycle of poverty.

Jacob and Karly appealed to their audience to help them accomplish this. They rely heavily on monetary donations, much of which comes from an affiliated organization in the United States, but it is not enough. They told their audience that while monetary donations are greatly appreciated, help can also be provided in other ways by volunteering your time or donating needed items such as food and household items. . They invited everyone to visit them and see first hand what they accomplish. For more information, Jacob suggested visiting their website at https://www.5812global.org/thailand/.

After the presentation, MC Ren Lexander updated everyone on upcoming events, followed by the PCEC Open Forum where questions are asked and answered about expat life in Thailand. For more information about the PCEC, visit their website at https://pcec.club. To view Jacob and Karly’s presentation, visit the PCEC YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-10bwSJhjg.

Member Ren Lexander conducts a post-presentation interview with Jacob Raber. To view the video on the PCEC YouTube channel, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5E8EASWtZU.