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Mark Twain once wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

What Mark Train wrote is something already well known to Ashley, Pam and me (Matt), the founders of 3L Foundation. In late 2008, the three of us met at the orphanage in Pattaya and our paths converged to a combined effort. Each of us contributes something to the projects we now embark upon. Pam and Ashley have asked me to provide a blog for our families, friends and all those interested to be with us in spirit and share in our adventures. On behalf of Pam and Ashley, I welcome you to our new web page and our blog as an invitation to carry you across a threshold made of Learning, Laughing and Loving.


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3L Foundation is very proud to be fulfilling our commitment to build a new dining hall (called a ‘sala’ in Thai architectural terms) for the children of the CPDC village.

In the fall of 2008, the original CPDC campus was a temporary facility located on grounds in legal dispute. In reality, the children and their caretakers, were essentially living on land that wasn’t theirs.  The buildings were safe, but rudimentary and limited in flexibility. The shoe-string budget the CPDC had available did not permit for any typical amenities for the campus. There was no running water. The sleeping accommodations were wooden shacks with thin pads laid upon a bare plywood floor. Another open air structure in the center of the campus provided a place to study and eat. This sala had dirt floors, very little protection from the rain and wind and no electric lighting. An outdoor kitchen in a nearby shed allowed for meals to be prepared in cramped, dark conditions with a dirt floor and no refrigeration.

In the Spring of 2009, the CPDC, with the help of the Human Help Network Thailand,  was able to acquire property for a permanent  home. The entire campus was moved to the new property and work began on creating the village.  While the hope was that more appropriate and sound structures would be funded and built soon, they now at least had a safe home.


The Flip Flop Project is a unique, two part program. It’s a small gesture that carries itself for many miles- literally. Each child that enters the CPDC village to live is given a new pair of flip flops in their favorite color. For these kids,  it might be the first pair of shoes they have owned. Most certainly, the first NEW pair of shoes they have worn.

The second part of the project is an outreach program . Many people in Thailand make a living walking the streets selling peanuts, hardboiled eggs, Somtam ( a delicious Thai papaya salad), and sifting through garbage bins looking for anything they can recycle. These hardworking men, women, and children spend each and everyday on their feet, clocking miles upon miles until they sell all their inventory. For them, the bare necessities are a challenge to meet . A good pair of quality flip flops or shoes is seen as luxury, and not viable.

This is where the 3L Foundation wants to help.  We will purchase the best quality flip flops available here in Thailand, either Gambol or Kito,  and give them both to the children at the village, and throughout Pattaya.

Its just that simple. A small act of kindness.