Rose News for ‘Cambodia’ Category

Meet our New Physical Therapist in Cambodia

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Introducing Leang Khy! Our new trainee physiotherapist, now working part-time with us and soaking up the skills and experience of Sokny. This is a new program we are implementing in an effort to further bridge the gap between NGO and Government health service provision and education. Leang Khy is a Cambodian trained physiotherapist (Diploma of Physiotherapy from the Technical School for Medical Care) employed by Chey Chumneas Referral Hospital, but like so many physiotherapists in this country, she was not actually working as one. Instead, she works in the pharmaceutical department distributing medicine. There has previously been no government physiotherapy service functioning in this hospital.

With the Hospital Director’s support and permission, we are now supplementing Leang Khy’s (small) monthly government salary, and providing her with training to work as a physiotherapist within the hospital. She is motivated, enthusiastic, and showing great promise. Her limited, but very much improving, English is adding to the speedy progression of the Khmer language skills of foreign staff!

Leang Khy has been a wonderful, vibrant addition to the work place since commencing with us.

She and Sokny are pictured working with a stroke patient, utilizing our new blood pressure monitor, purchased with funds from CIDA.

Sokny is doing an amazing job taking Leang Khy under his wing, patiently teaching, listening, demonstrating and working collaboratively with her to improve rehabilitation services for patients at Chey Chumneas Referral Hospital.

At this stage, Leang Khy is part time and not working in the community with us, she is based in solely in the hospital. As the internship program evolves and our capacity develops, this may change.

Donate to help support Leang’s salary, enabling her to help hundreds of patients.

Access For All – Chanry’s Story

By contributor Diane Frost —

Rose Charities’ Access For All is a groundbreaking program that changes the lives of physically disabled young women in Cambodia. Through educational opportunities and disability awareness, young women like Chanry, a Kamchay Mea District of Prey Veng native, will reach her potential and become a role model in the community.

Access For All is changing lives through communal living as well as teaching life and career skills. Plucking uneducated young women whose physical disabilities force them to endure discrimination and granting scholarship awards.

Access For All began Chanry’s life anew.

Chanry began her climb unable to walk. Her devoted parents carried her to school.

Chanry, 23-years-old, remembers “I was very hurt when people in my village blamed me for making life difficult for my parents and called me a useless person.” She was determined to prove them wrong.

Chanry came to the attention of Rose Charities and was granted a scholarship.

Chanry is now living in the Access For All share house in Prey Veng town, funded by $1,200 donated to pay for the land on which the house was built and $5,200 from local community members and international friends to build the house, while studying accounting at the nearby Chea Sim Kamchay Mea University – which she can travel to easily in her wheelchair. She also has the most senior position in the household – she’s the Access For All Project Team Leader.

Chanry’s responsibilities include building greater community understanding of disabilites and the rights of the disabled. Towards this goal, the young women developed a questionnaire to take to people in various villages in Prey Veng. Despite the challenges of rural roads, Chanry travelled to Trabeak village in the district of Ba Phnom and spoke with multiple families.

These were not short visits! Each household wanted to know where Chanry came from, how she became disabled and what difficulties she faced. They knew little about people with disabilities, and said when they thought of people like her, they thought of seeing people on the road, asking for money. Chanry felt strong and confident when telling them about her life and about the discrimination she has suffered because of her disability.

Telling her story and talking about her goals has helped to change this small community’s views on disability, and Chanry is happy and proud of this achievement. This is just the beginning of a future in which Chanry hopes to be a project manager, working to improve access for people with disabilities in Cambodia, or working for an NGO helping to reduce discrimination.

It is just the beginning of a future in which Chanry hopes to be a project manager, working to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in Cambodia, or working for an NGO helping to reduce discrimination.

Community donations, such as $5,724 for High School Education sponsorship for 9 of the young women to attend Ang Doung High School and $8,789 for University Education sponsorship for 11 of the young women – Chea Sim University of Kamchey Mear makes for life changing opportunities for young women living in poverty.

Other equipment for Access for All was provided by Australian Telstra/NAB ‘Helping Hands’ program, which donated $2,000 for laptop computers.

These donations have helped get this amazing projects off the ground. The generous DIAF contribution is $20,000 for 12 months which has been amazing for establishing this project. However that is about to expire. We are in need of funds to support the running costs of this amazing project. Please donate to help us keep this project going.

International Women’s Day.. Rose Charities Celebrates.. !

Rose Charities Celebrates International Womens Day.. !

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Sri Lanka:   Young Women’s Clubs –  8 villages,   Girls sports programs ,  Women’s University Scholarship Program,  Women’s Livelihood Groups (Women’s Support and Women’s Vocational Training.     www.rosesrilanka.info (http://www NULL.rosesrilanka NULL.info/)

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Pakistan:   Frontier Primary Health Care support of  Traditional Birth Attendant training program   www.hmef.info (http://www NULL.hmef NULL.info/)

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Cambodia: ‘Access for All’  program for disabled womens education, support and vocational training   http://rosecambodia.org (http://www NULL.rosecambodia NULL.org/)

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Afghanistan:  Tabish-Rose Charities Training Women’s Health and Computer training program’s  www.hmef.info (http://www NULL.hmef NULL.info/)

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Guatemala:  Safe Motherhood women’s birth attendant and women’s health programs   www.safemotherhoodproject.org (http://www NULL.safemotherhoodproject NULL.org/)

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Zambia:  Womens income generation programs   http://malambograssroots.ca (http://malambograssroots NULL.ca/)

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Haiti:  Women’s neonatal nursing training  www.rosehaiti.info (http://www NULL.rosehaiti NULL.info/)

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World Birth aid pack
saves countless lives

We also wish to laud the women’s programs Rose  has been privileged to have supported, partnered  or planned with, in the past (and perhaps the future too!)  including  the Lumbini Program for training of Women Village Eye Screeners  www.lei.org.np (http://www NULL.lei NULL.org NULL.np/)   and the remarkable  ‘WBDI’ Organization in Samoa,  www.womeninbusiness.ws (http://www NULL.womeninbusiness NULL.ws/)  the One in Three Women Organization (Seattle)  www.oneinthreewomen.com (http://www NULL.oneinthreewomen NULL.com/) and  World Birth Aid (Seattle)  www.worldbirthaid.org (http://www NULL.worldbirthaid NULL.org/)

 

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Haiti Cholera Relief 2010.
Dr Amy Osborne

The organizers of Rose Charities also pay tribute and gratitude to the professional women volunteers (nurses, physicians, counselors, logisticians etc) who have contributed over 50% of involvement, organization and sustainability of emergency relief and ‘post-relief’ operations Rose Charities and close partners AMDA (http://amdacanada NULL.org) have played over the years.  Their magnificent work has helped tens of thousands of victims in many parts of the globe.

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Hurricane Katrina 2005
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2004 Asian Tsunami Sri Lanka
R.N.Mary Spencer
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Japan Eathquake/Tsunami 2011

Rose Charities International Meeting: Penang 2012: update…

The Rose IV Meeting in Penang, Malaysia (22nd to 25th March 2012), and hosted by the Penang Rose Charities Association (Rose Charities Malaysia)  is shaping up to be an amazing gathering of both Rose Charities , and other people the world over.
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Delegates representing projects or registered Rose groups from,  Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, UK, USA and Canada and Guatemala  will be attending.
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The ‘Hillman Fund’, a special group inside Rose Charities Canada which sponsors health education projects in Africa, Pakistan, and Cambodia will have a big presence including chair of the Hillman Committee, Dr Joanne Young of Vancouver,  Annette Borkent of the Safe Motherhood Guatemala Project, Dr Wagma Reshsteen of Primary Health Frontiers, Pakistan, and Dr Wais Aria of  The Tabish Social Health Organization, Afghanistan.
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Dr Andrew MacNab (B.C’s Childrens Hospital)  founder of African Hearts and Brighter Smiles, Uganda will be speaking on his work with Health Promoting Schools, and Rachel Green of Rose Charities USA on the topical area of Social Networking.
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AMDA International’s senior Emergency Relief Director (Mr Nithiananan) will be attending (AMDA and Rose Charities have worked very closely a number of  emergency relief operations and are very close partners) . AMDA has huge international emergency humanitarian relief experience, and is one of the foremost NGO’s in this area.
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Joanna Thomson, founder of the Rose Cambodia Rehab Center will be discussing her amazing assistance to the disabled of Cambodia,  Mr Louis Lap Nguyen co-founder of Rose Charities Vietnam,  the impressive range of Rose Vietnam projects with include sight restoration, income generation and orphanage assistance
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Rose Charities Sri Lanka with its spectrum of multi-sectorial projects, ranging from early childhood care and education, through education for all ages, including college support, micro-credit, sports for peace and vocational training will be represented by co-founder Mr Anthony Richards as well as Dr Yoga Yogendran.
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From Rose Charities New Zealand, Mrs Anne George will be representing. Rose New Zealand works closely with the Rose Cambodia Sight Center providing expertise and resources. In 2011 the Sight Centre passed the mark for patients assisted (many with sight restoring operations). Rose NZ also assists eye programs in Nepal and work in NZ itself (Anne Georges specialty) with new immigrant program(s).  Rose Australia delegates will include Sarah Miller, an expert in Cambodia programs, Rose Austalia’s main focus.
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Rose Charities Malaysia, the hosts will be very well represented, not least by Mr  Lawrence Cheah Chair of the Rose International Council.  Rose Charities Malaysia, running out of Penang assists Malaysias indigenous people (Orang Asli), help the aged programs and helth promotion in Penang.
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The meetings will work at three levels.  a) sector focus groups on specific areas (Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka,  and Health Education/Safe birthing etc ) , round-table discussion for the whole Rose network and a more formal Conference component where persons from Malaysian (and other) NGO’s and interested parties will be invited.
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Malaysia’s Penang Island, with its historic UNESCO listed George Town, is a wonderful location for the meeting, most of which will be held in the seaside Tanjung Bunga area at the Paradise Sandy Beach Hotel.
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All Rose Charities persons and other linked or interested parties are welcome.
For details, please contact Mrs Sarah Miller (Australia)    sarah@rosecharities.org.au (sarah null@null rosecharities NULL.org NULL.au)
or  Ms  Judith Peralta (Canada)     jbperalta@hotmail.com (jbperalta null@null hotmail NULL.com)
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** Note: with one or two exceptions where limited assistance has been offered, all attendees are self funding.  Conference costs have been kindly born by Rose Charities Malaysia from specifically donated sources.  No Rose Charities charitable donation funds have been used for the conference or meeting, unless specifically given by donor(s) for that purpose.

Access for All Disability Awareness Campaign

Rose Charities Access for All project in Cambodia provides housing for disabled women in close proximity to education. A unique aspect of this program is the Disability Awareness Campaign, where the residents of the home carry out a program in the surrounding villages to break stereotypes about disability. There is a lot of discrimination in Cambodia against people with disabilities. This program allows these girls to show the community what they are capable of – everything!

In December the girls were able to carry out this campaign in two locations. One was conducted at Prey Veng provincial pedagogy.  There were 116 people in attendance, 32 females and 84 males. Of these people, 18 were from District office of education, 10 were school directors,1 was from the health department, 3 from provincial dept of education, 3 from POSVY, 19 disabled students from the University, 10 Disabled students from High School and 50 Disabled teacher from Prey Veng province.

The second was a drama conducted at Svay Ath Chhun Chim Preliminary and Secondary school, to show the attendees what life is like for a disabled person, and also showing them that they are mentally capable of anything the attendees are. There were 596 (Female 307 and Male 289) participants  attended included students, teachers, school directors, Village leaders, Commune leader, POSVY, SHG’s members, Federation leader and villagers.
These outreach programs are integral to changing the stigma towards disabled persons in Cambodia. These young women have an amazing opportunity to change the way Khmer society treats future generations.

Village screening for eye disease in rural Cambodia

(http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org NULL.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/camb-screen1 NULL.jpg)The Rose Charities Sight Centre (http://rosecambodia NULL.org)  is back in action in the Villages, screening for eye disease an curable blindness.  In 2002 Rose Charities owned several vehicles and had an active outreach program but its vehicles were stolen and the Eye Centre looted of all equipment. Now however, thanks to the dedication of Drs Hang and Natalia Vra, and donors from Canada, New Zealand the UK and USA, the program is back in action again.

On this occasion, some 300 villagers were screened, and over 100 referred to the Sight Centre for sight restoration or blindness prevention .

Despite the events of 2002 the Sight Centre has treated, surgically, medically or optometrically over 100,000 Cambodians since that time, the vast majority too poor to be able to afford treatment by the medical system.

The sight center is still in need of funding for these outreach trips, please donate so we can keep them going.

Access for All resident Ka Lek receives Scholarship!

Ka Lek is studying a Bachelor Degree of Accounting at the Chea Sim University of Kamchey Mear in Prey Veng Town. She is able to attend this institution because of the Access For All project which allows women with disabilities to move in to a “Supportive Home” in the town which is in closer proximity to higher education than the girls’ home villages. Lek’s recently received a generous scholarship from  Kerrie Anson of Australia. Many other students like Lek need funding for education. University in Cambodia costs around $300 USD a year, click here to sponsor a child.

After Lek’s first year of study her family was struck by tragedy when her father died. Lek’s sister became the head of the household. She had two children and her husband soon left to remarry. Lek’s sister also died and Lek was then left to look after her sister’s two children and her mother alone. With sponsorship Lek feels like she can study and gain employment  which would provide a stable and more sustainable future for her family.

Lek was born with her left leg missing below the knee and could only crawl – at the age of 17 months her father made her an artificial leg from thread spools and kapok branches – with some difficulty, Lek managed to walk with the aid of the home-made prosthesis for 5 months. At this time, Lek’s parents heard about the Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh and made the arduous and expensive trip to the city to try to get a proper prosthesis fitted.

Lek is very proud of her prosthesis and wears it all the time, she is now not hindered by her disability and can carry water, climb trees, plant rice, fish, ride bicycles, tend cattle and go to school as well help with household chores like any other Cambodian child.

Ka Lek before her prosthesis was fitted by VI in 1997

 

 

 

 

 

Ka Lek cooking her lunch after returning from school at the Supportive Home in Prey Veng Town

Football Fundraiser Covers Approximately 83 Physical Therapy Sessions

By contributing to our Direct Clinical Costs, Rose USA will be assisting Rose Cambodia Rehabilitation Centre to provide approximately 83 therapy sessions to patients both in the hospital and out in the community.

In providing funds to contribute to this area of our work you are assisting us to improve the quality of healthcare services within the hospital and minimise the level of disability incurred through patient managment. Our physiotherapists work on the hospital wards, consulting with local Doctors and encouraging physiotherapy referrals in necessary cases.

One recent example of where our physiotherapists were instrumental in reducing disability was when a young patient who had sustained an ankle fracture and was immobile in bed in the hospital for several days, prior to being referred to physiotherapy. When physiotherapy finally attended to this young lady (a gap in services that physio took so long to reach this woman which has been addressed), she was found to have a nasty pressure sore on the heel of her foot and significant muscle deconditioning. When these issues were raised with the doctors, the response was ‘no problem’, which we at RCRC believe is a big problem! RCRC therapist went on to appropriately cast the injured leg, accomodating for the pressure sore, relieve pressure on the sore to encourage healing, and mobilised the young lady with crutches and began re-conditioning exercises. The result is that the sore healed well (these can potentially develop into very nasty wounds that fail to heal) and she was able to mobilise independently on crutches and go home safely with maximum function maintained.

Our clinical services also extend to the community, with staff providing patient-centred rehabilitation sessions in people’s homes, ensuring rehab is appropriate and beneficial and minimsing cost and difficulty for the families.

People with disabilities in Cambodia are known to experience even greater barriers to accessing health care than non-disabled Cambodians. Our way of clinical service provision aims to address these barriers and encourage better health care for all, especially those with disabilities. Our clincal work not only aims to provide quality care for Cambodians, but also to reduce and prevent disability.

Kids Enjoy the New Rubber Flooring at Rose Cambodia Rehabilitation Centre

It first began a long time ago, in May 2010, when plans for the construction of a safe therapeutic area for children and other patients with physical rehabilitative needs became a reality. Things shot off to a quick start with the construction of the roof and cement floor occuring within a month or so. In October, there was the Mural Project. Three vibrant young students with hearing impairments ventured to Takhmao from Epic Arts Kampot and worked with young people with disabilities here at the Centre to paint the amazing, bright wall mural that continues to capture the attention of all who enter the therapy area. Since then it has been slow and steady progress with more equipment gradually added to the floor area, and the wet season coming in and highlighting the need for small alterations to manage the water creeping in. This year was a particularly wet wet season, and we are really happy with how well the therapy area, given it’s open plan design, held up.
Finally, the area became ready for the safe rubber flooring to be laid. Fortunately, we were successful in receiving funds from the Direct Aid Program (DAP) at the Australian Embassy, to implement a project finishing off our building establishment and purchasing resources for the education and training of hospital staff and the community in physiotherapy and disability awareness.Rose Rehab Floor

Funds were received on the 21st October 2011 and laying of the floor began on the 26th. After a bumpy start, change in glues, cars breaking down, challenging lumps in the cement floor, workers being away, long lunches, late starts and varying shades of floor squares, we now have a wonderful, large, safe area for providing therapy for children and adults.
Money from a fundraising dinner held in Kadina, South Australia, Joanna’s (RCRC physiotherapist) hometown in early 2011, has been used to supplement the DAP funds to finish the floor area – we under-estimated the amount of rubber tiling required. These funds will also be used to tile the entrance, a cost not included in the grant proposal.
The flooring area has already proven a hit with the kids! In true Cambodian collective group therapy style, children flock into the Centre when we open the gate (funded by Kadina dinner), just to run around and play on this new, strange, soft but firm, rubber flooring, spontaneously rolling around on the floor. Fantastic for disability awareness, children and adults have been joining in on therapy sessions and getting some insight into life for those with disabilities and how they can play and join in activities too.
The flooring has created a safe environment for rehabilitation and therapy and has stimulated a great interest from the community and hospital in physiotherapy, disability and rehabilitation.
We have been invited by hospital Director, Dr Kong Chhunly, to present to hospital staff again on physiotherapy and its benefits and encourage referrals and integration of physiotherapy into the hospital system.
The development and progression of the physiotherapy area will continue – we are looking to build a storage room (we have no space for equipment such as standing frames, wheelchairs and other mobility/therapy aids), a waiting area, and will fix up the rough entrance. Many thanks to all donors, especially DAP (Australian Embassy) and the people of Kadina for these latest developments.

Ms Sopheaps new leg.. !

(http://3 NULL.bp NULL.blogspot NULL.com/--LVGHe4gSAU/Tn-SyGKgPPI/AAAAAAAAB2Q/Bookwlsvgp0/s1600/sopheap-leg1 NULL.jpg)Sopheap is a 44 year old grandmother living in a very basic house with just one room, and two outside walls. The other two walls are tarps. The wind and rain belted down for about 20 minutes while we were visiting, which was an experience in itself. Such limited shelter in those conditions. She has diabetes, a common condition in Cambodia, and as a result had her leg amputated last year. By the time Sopheap was referred to us, she was very weak and did not have enough strength to move around, or stand on one leg. She was not suitable to be fitted with a prosthesis until she had enough strength.
(http://2 NULL.bp NULL.blogspot NULL.com/-jrlfx2nyjOE/Tn-SztB6ogI/AAAAAAAAB2U/1vCOFite6pA/s1600/sopheap-leg2 NULL.jpg)Sokny worked with Sopheap and she practiced her exercises regularly at home, developing her strength. This month, we took her to Veteran’s International (VI) who assessed her and cast her for a prosthesis. Last week she was fitted with it. We followed her up at home yesterday to assess her progress and work on gait re-training. She has only had one fitting, and will need some adaptions made at her next VI appointment, but she is already doing extremely well!! She is very happy, saying she is now able to move around the village and visit her friends. She is looking forward to learning how to walk without the crutches. Great work Sopheap!!       Joanna Thomson. Rose Cambodia Rehab Centre (http://rosecambodia NULL.org/).
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