Rose News for ‘General interest’ Category
(http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.net/archives/918/smile-kids1) The 8th Rose Charities International Meeting is being held in Kampala Uganda on Friday 15th April 2016 with a later optional workshop session at Mbarara on Monday 18th April.
Rose Charities now has a 20 year history of sustainable program development and management with close to 100% success. The secrets of these achievements have become clear and will be presented and discussed at the meeting along with other topics. (see the program below).
All who are interested are welcome. Attendance is free and includes lunch and morning and afternoon session refreshments. Registration however is necessary(so we know numbers) by emailing RoseConference@yahoo.com (RoseConference null@null yahoo NULL.com) . See you there !
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Rose Charities International Network:
2014 End of Year Review.
2014 for Rose Charities has been marked both by consolidation in which the well established projects have steadily moved forwards with new initiatives, plans and their implementation, and a considerable delivery of emergency relief for the Philippines. The moves towards increased self sustainability have made progress in a number of areas, notably with the Sri Lanka Medicare program including now a specialised Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) Centre, Cambodia, where Drs Vra and Natalia Heng’s Rose Charities Eye Centre now operates also from their newly built clinic and caters for both the paying, to cover costs, and the poor. Projecto San Gerado Costa Rica’s community programs incorporating tourist and local produce are, now as part of Rose Charities Canada an impressive example of what can be achieved.
Sri Lanka was very active in 2014, continuing to lead the way in microcredit initiatives. It has had to reduce its preschool program due to lack of funding but still manages to run the new cut-down program in this hugely essential area. ( www.rosesrilanka.info )
Rose Charities Sri Lanka wonderfully hosted the 2014 Rose VI International Conference which was a huge success allowing international delegates (UK, Canada, USA, NZ, Cambodia, Japan) and Sri Lanka guests to network, discuss and witness the excellent programs in their area. In addition many of the children in the area worked hard to give delegates marvellous entertainment of dancing and singing which was hugely appreciated by all.
2014 was actually the 10th year after the terrible Asian tsunami of 2004 and it is a true tribute to the energy, charity and dedication of Anthony Richard and his team that so much has been achieved in that time. Over these years, programs have included child and adult health care, post traumatic child counselling, sports for peace and education for all ages, from pre-school to higher education. Poverty reduction through micro-credit and vocational training are now noteworthy as well as special development programs for women.
One of the most notable achievements of 2014 was the re-birth of the Rose Cambodia Rehab Centre (RCRC) ( www.roserehab.org ) which was in final stages of closure though lack of funds. This was also one of the major successes of the Sri Lanka Rose VI conference when Ms Sophak Chim (RCRC Cambodia) discussed issues with a very supportive Rose Charities USA team (Rachel Greene, Arnold Sanchez, Dianne Johnston). Ms Sophak showed that despite the difficulties of physiotherapy being well accepted in Cambodia, the demand for the clinic’s services were on the increase. Rose USA agreed to continue and expand support assisted by Canada and the UK. Previously the main support had come from Rose Australia (the main original founder of RCRC) but this organisation has had to go into a reorganisation phase (possibly with a view to disbanding) due to lack of funding and director base. RCRC has now continued to be successful under new Director Ms Chhouen Putheary. (Ms Sophak continues to advise),
Informal linkage of RCRC with Professor Nous Saroms’s Rehabilitation Surgery department in the PPSC medical centre ( www.cambodiasurgery.info ) continues both in cross-referrals and consultations. In addition PPSC takes many elective medical students who often write to Rose Charities asking for placements.
The Hillman Fund of Rose Charities Canada has also continued its support for physiotherapy treatment and training in Cambodia through assistance to the Cambodia Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) , as well as assisting in eye surgeon training at the Rose Eye Clinic. ( www.rose-eye.info ) . The Eye clinic has now treated some two hundred thousand patients which will rise to close to a quarter of a million within the next year and a half. It carries out both treatment and training and runs a peripheral outreach program. It is amazing to see where this project has gone from both its origin in 1997 as well as its disaster of 2003 when it was 99% looted of all equipment and gutted by thieves. A huge amount of success has been due to the input and assistance, material, teaching, and consultative assistance of Rose Charities New Zealand, ( www.rose-charities.org ) notably Mike Webber and John Veale. Also of great assistance in the development of the clinic and earlier outreach program(s) with IRIS Cambodia (founded by same founder(s) of Rose ) has been Dr Basant Raj Sharma. ‘Basant’ has taken the past few years to open now his own surgical eye clinic in South Nepal which will include a charity treatment component. Rose NZ will be assisting with this program.
Rose Charities Malaysia ( www.myrosecharity.org ) and Rose Charities Singapore ( www.rosesingapore.info ) have continued their impressive programs of local assistance with health clinics, assisting seniors and children’s programs and delivering health services (Rose Malaysia ) to the indigenous ‘Orang Asli’ people in rural areas. Both organisations set wonderful examples of organisations very well integrated to directly helping those in need in their own regions and have impressive memberships of many volunteers prepared to give their time and efforts for others. Rose Charities in Vietnam with its outstanding history of aid programs both with community development and blind home assistance in the Hue area and orphanage support through Rose Charities UK ( www.rosecharities.org.uk ). Rose Vietnam is currently undergoing restructuring but has potential to carry on its work into the future.
The typhoon Haiyan disaster, although in Nov 2013, carried on its effects into 2014 as did Rose Charities efforts to provide assistance. This was achieved on a considerable scale for Rose Charities with direct assistance (medical team lead by Dr Collin Yong in Negros), and indirect though support to partners such as AMDA medical team(s). All phases of the disaster were assisted from immediate health issues through provision of emergency water purification and solar lighting. The work also included rebuilding the health clinic, the walkway access and a number of fishing boats. The island of Negros, Cebu and Leyete were assisted and this has continued to the present time now with support for a newly designed, typhoon-proof home building program with the ‘Movement for Liveable Cebu’ organisation. These homes have now proved their worth by withstanding the much more recent typhoon Haguput. To support this work considerable funds were raised in Vancouver and Richmond working in conjunction with several groups and charitable individuals, one of the most noteworthy being Mr Alan Yong, cousin of Dr Collin Yong.
While Rose Charities is not primarily an emergency relief organisation we have nevertheless been able to provide considerable assistance over the years during major catastrophes, invariably working on advice and in conjunction with local groups on the ground who have requested assistance. With no budget for advertising and promotion it is probable that well over a million dollars has been raised for the disasters we have been involved with, but more importantly, programs continue to this day in Haiti (sports and community assistance) Tohoku (Japan) (AMDA Health Clinic) and, Sri Lanka (see above) and (as mentioned above) the Philippines. What is more, these assistance programs have been invariably without large, expensive infrastructure and working at grassroots level with virtually all donated funds being spent on crucial basic needs.
One area which illustrates this approach is Rose’s assistance to the current ‘Ebola’ crisis. While the current epidemic is in West Africa the disease is endemic in other parts of Africa and has the potential to spread seriously. Early diagnosis, case handling and treatment is essential to increase survival chances and Rose Charities through the Hillman Fund is now supporting a Ebola health training program in Uganda together with Makere University, both in rural and urban Ugandan areas. Dr Andrew Macnab (Brighter Smiles) and the Hillman Fund, with the HEADA Organisation has also initiated a schoolchild early malaria diagnosis program run by the schools themselves. Early results indicate a considerable reduction in school absentee time generated traditionally by the disease.
The problem of safe birthing and motherhood world-wide is a huge one. The want of education, hygiene, medications and trained helpers claims a heavy toll in mortality. In some countries, such as Afghanistan, a maternal and/or neonatal child death occurs every few minutes. Rose Charities Canada is focusing on this challenge with the formation of its Safe Motherhood and Birthing committee which is partly supported by the Hillman Fund and linking with Rose Charities UK ( www.rosecharities.org.uk ) . Programs now include the impressive Guatemala Safe Motherhood ( www.safemotherhoodproject.org ) training project for local Comadronas (birth attendants) founded by Annette Borkent and Dr Ruth Brighouse. There is also a joint initiative in Pakistan with the Frontier Primary Health Organization and a linked program in Afghanistan with Tabish Health and Community Organisation. In this last case recent progress has now resulted in the first two trained community nurses working in one of the main refugee and displaced persons camps near Kabul. One possible future linkage of this committee is to assist with a new RCRC (Cambodia) incipient birth assistance program.
It would be impossible to end this brief review of the Rose Charities International Network programs, without mention of one of its largest areas: education. World Rose groups support primary schools in Madagascar (Rose Madagascar), Zambia (Malambo Grassroots), Uganda (4 schools – Stand Tall Education ( www.standtalleducation.org ) , Volset, and Brighter Smiles (2), ( www.brightersmilesafrica.ca ), Guatemala (Mayan Project of Dr Ellen Coburn www.mayanproject.org ) and Sri Lanka. In addition there are child education support programs in Uganda (Smiles Uganda founded by Mr Galib Kara), Cambodia and Sri Lanka, and a pre-school program in Sri Lanka also. There is higher education support in Uganda, Zambia and Sri Lanka. In the case of Sri Lanka, these programs have produced many graduates including those in medicine, engineering and law. Advanced training programs are sponsored by the Hillman Fund in Uganda and have included ETATS (Emergency Medicine Training program) as well as advanced GP training. In Cambodia students were assisted in accountancy training and now at the Rose Charities Eye clinic there is training of eye surgeons (assisted by Rose NZ and the Hillman Fund). The full title of the Hillman Fund is the ‘Hillman Medical Education Fund’ and this indicates the importance which is put on training by this Rose group. Many special ‘Hillman scholars’ have been supported over the years for advanced and/or postgraduate training. Earlier mentioned too has been the training of midwives and birth attendants. Vocational training programs in Sri Lanka and Uganda (Brighter Smiles) have helped many to find employment in all areas and there is in-house training in the Rose Sri Lanka head office in the management of programs including micro-credit and business planning. A novel peer-to-peer training program is also supported in Uganda.
Left to the end, but perhaps the most important element of all is fund-raising. None of the spectrum of great Rose projects mentioned could exist without the funding. Once again Rose persons continue to show themselves to be stars holding a panoply of the most varied, enjoyable and energetic fund-raising initiatives. New Zealand to New York, Cambodia to Costa Rica, Uganda to Guatemala, Zambia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines -all have, and continue to hold, events and occasions to raise funds. Rose’s very close partner organisation AMDA, in conjunction with Rose, has for the last 3 years held emergency relief fundraisers in Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver bringing in incredible virtuosos from Japan to play alongside local experts. Athletes ride for funds in the international Vancouver-Whistler Granfondo bicycle race. Events have included sponsored walks in Malaysia, musical evenings in New Zealand, ‘bling’ sales in Vancouver, street hockey tournaments in New York city, a ‘Bollywood dance training and performance evening in Vancouver and sponsored scrabble evenings. Rose Charities Australia even at one stage held a paper aeroplane- making and distance flying competition (one of the events I had a great personal enjoyment in attending) . For all these initiatives and also to our accounting teams who year after year assist with the so important baseline work to keep the organizations going – Bravo !… and a huge thank you.
It is very difficult in a limited ‘thumbnail’ report to present anywhere near enough information of the scale, achievements and diversity of the full Rose network. The above is really only a glimpse over its surface. The bottom line however is that all the programs and achievement are due to one overriding factor. That is the amazing people that Rose Charities is fortunate to be associated with. The network is not a centralised unit; it is, in fact simply a vehicle to help move forward the amazing work of individuals and their own groups of project supporters. The ‘Charity Rose’ award is, every year, awarded to one recipient only. There is no mandate for the awardees to be kept within Rose Charities, yet every year to date, this happens. The reason for this is that when it comes to assessment and vote for the recipient, the achievement and dedication of Rose persons invariably are simply the most outstanding proposed within and without the organisation !
No doubt 2015 will have its ups and downs. In an increasingly wealth-polarised world, however, the need for aid and assistance will not be diminishing. Rose programs will be needed more than ever. In addition the environmental changes of global warming may sadly mean increased natural disaster frequency and severity. Rose Charities now has a track record and experience level generated over its 15 years in formal existence. We are an organisation focused on the most direct assistance we can possibly give with the absolute minimum spent on admin costs. Every time disaster strikes we see many big charity organisations taking up large tracts of expensive media coverage, and most carry out excellent (though often very expensive) programs. Yet time and again, such as in Sri Lanka, Haiti and Tohoku, a year or more after the event, the smaller, grassroots Rose supported programs remain and continue to tend to those who have been affected by the event.
The 7th Rose Charities International Meeting 2015 will be held in the Proyecto San Gerado Costa Rica program site. (March 8 – 10 2015) – see ( www.rosecharities.info/events/rose7-info-pack.zip ) As with all meetings it is a huge opportunity to witness the projects and initiatives and speak to those who run them. In addition there are often amazing presentations of local culture that the average person will simply never witness. No donor money is ever spent on these meetings (unless specifically requested for that use) and delegates all pay their own transport and accommodation. They are informal and always prove a superb forum for networking and exchange of ideas. The meetings are not restricted to Rose personnel and anyone genuinely interested is invited to attend.
Rose Charities People and Programs span many ‘New Years’ – Lunar, Khmer, Hindu, Gregorian etc. The last of these however is now. So for this Gregorian New Year 2014/2015 let me take the opportunity to say ‘Bravo’ to all and everyone, givers, receivers (invariably the same thing), whatever involvement level. Its you that makes everything happen. You are magnificent and have my unparalleled praise and unreserved thanks.
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31 December 2014
(http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/sri-landslide14 NULL.jpg)Rose Lanka Micro credit and Rose Charities Sri Lanka have been working on a Project in Hopton Village, Lunugala, Badulla District since the beginning of this year 2014. The above Koslanda land slide happened near our project area in the same District.
On 29.10.2014 at 7.30 am, the above Land slide happened after heavy monsoon rains, engulfed about 140 houses in Badulla District. 302 bodies were found up to now and believed more than 100 people missing as per information given by the Disaster Management Ministry, Srilanka.
Bad weather is also hampering the rescue operations. Also there is still a threat of further land slide and a group of 500 Army and Air force personal are assisting with rescue operations.
More that100 people are still missing. Some school children were in the school during this time and they are safe but many children became orphans. Some husbands lost their wives, children and family members. Most of the houses and Temples have been buried in 09 Meter(30’) in Mud. Affected people are in School Refugee camps and urgently in need of cloth,food,water,milk food for infants etc.
Rose Lanka Micro Credit Managing Director and staff had an urgent meeting with all staff of Rose Charities Srilanka and decided to collect some cloth, food items etc. from our members and public to help the Land slide refugees.
Donations gratefully accepted (Donations page) (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.info/donate-emergency-response/) (please write ‘Srilanka landslide’ in the ‘additional comment’s box on the donation page)
Building Sustainable Communities: Rose Charities Meeting and Workshop: March 2014: Costa Rica: all welcome !
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Thanks to all of our supporters for coming out to our fundraisers in December! Together, we were able to raise over $13,000.
A special thanks to Liza De Guia from Food Curated (http://foodcurated NULL.com) and Curtiss Calleo and all the Gastronauts (http://www NULL.gastronauts NULL.net/new-york/) for all their support putting together the Foodraiser (http://food-raiser NULL.org). These funds purchased 98 water filters and 372 solar lights to some of the hardest hit areas of the Philippines. To learn more about the water and solar filters, please check out our partner site, Kopernik (http://kopernik NULL.info/project/the-philippines-typhoon-emergency-response-six). Additionally, we worked with a local community group to supply 18 temporary housing kits to affected families in the Cebu City area. Although most mainstream media coverage in the area has stopped – there are still many families in need in the Philippines, please donate to help us continue to provide shelter, fresh water and light to those areas.
(http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/a4 NULL.jpg)On the Vancouver CBC morning program hosted by Rick Cluff today (20 Nov 2013) there was a discussion on what to look for in an aid organization helping now in relief activities. A representative from the excellent Canadian ‘Charities Watch’ organization gave three criteria. They could have taken directly from Rose Charities and were as follows
1) Local network: Look for organizations with local involvments and networks prior to the crisis. Rose Charities was founded for work in S.E. Asia. Contacts and local networks within the Philippines have been present for years, especially through Rose Charities Director Dr Collin Yong, who has carried out multiple medical missions there prior to the crisis and has many local contacts. Within days of the current crisis occurring food was being delivered (while the media in Vancouver were continuing to discuss that ‘food was not getting through’ in north Negros Island, one of the worst hit areas, organized by Rose partners in the North Bacolod Rotary Club. . In addition local networking in S.E.Asia resulted in a hugely generous donation by an Indonesian Alternative Community Technology organization (Kopernik) of 100 large water filtration units which were directly send to the area. Now, Dr Yong himself is there working again with local counterparts, on a combined Rose Charities / Bacolod Rotary Medical missions, travelling by boat to the many outlying islands which to date have been almost untouched by assistance.
(http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/pakquake-pirzada-2 NULL.jpg)2) Experience: Look for organizations with experience in a specific area; Rose Charities volunteers have huge experience in overseas assistance. The whole organization was founded predominantly by field workers disillusioned with the waste, inefficiency and sadly, often frank dishonesty in the ‘aid industry;’ Rose Charities Canada’s volunteers include nurses, doctors, and other health professionals, engineers, accountants, financial managers, lawyers etc. Members from all walks of life and the majority with experience of work overseas in the whole spectrum of activities from immediate emergency to long term. Rose Charities is particularly strong with medical and health care, especially paediatric as many of its members work in this field, several a with the B.C. Children’s Hospital. Unlike some other organizations the organizers of Rose Charities see little demarcation as to what constitutes emergency relief. Millions of children and adults dying from treatable disease, poverty, conflict is equally an emergency to natural environmental disaster. The aim of Rose Charities is simply to help all to whatever degree it is able.
3) Look for track record. Look for organizations with a good track record in humanitarian relief: Rose Charities has a noteworthy track record in humanitarian assistance. These include assistance to Sri Lanka and Indonesia (Tsunami 2004), Pakistan (Earthquake Kashmir 2005), Hurricane Katrina USA 2005, Indonesia Volcano 2009), Sichuan (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/katrina1 NULL.jpg)Earthquake and Myanmar typhoon 2008, Haiti Earthquake 2010 Japan Tohoku Tsunami 2011, Pakistan flood 2012. The common denominator with Rose involvement has been policy of immediately, on the disaster occurring, activating, linking, co-ordinating, or finding local networks which can be supported to provide immediate assistance. This policy allows also the flexibility which can ensure assistance can actually get to areas which may be politically or logistically difficult for other organizations. Only secondarily, and if requested, suggested by the local counterpart is a team directly sent. Where teams have been sent however it has been with the policy of not simply rushing in and out in a matter of months, but staying, funding permitting to help the long-term rebuilding of the
area. In Sri Lanka 2005 for example, in the weeks after the tsunami there were dozens of organizations who arrived after Rose Charities team to work in the same area. However, 6 month later around 80 percent of them had departed, a year almost all of them and now, 10 years later Rose remains the only one. In the 10 years however, multiple community support programs have been carried out, including education, medical, poverty reduction etc. In Haiti, program support continues in the area of paediatric nursing training (the nursing training facilities having been destroyed by the earthquake). In Tohoku, work continues through close partners AMDA Japan and the medical center this group has established.
The ‘Charities Watch’ criteria fit Rose exactly. However Rose Charities organizers would add two more
4) Length of mission. As discussed above, many organizations seem to rush in (often with great expense ) distribute a lot of materials (much of which often is not needed, cannot get to the area through logistics difficulties etc. ) stay for a short while then depart very quickly. This can result in actually generating more hardship when supplies and medical services which the community start to depend on, are simply cut off again. Rose Charities aims wherever possible to ‘stay the course’ and help communities rebuild. Two years after the 2004 Asian Tsuanmi, there were still people in some areas living in tents. The effects of disaster don’t just to away in a few months.
5) Cost effectiveness. In Sri Lanka 2005 whole hotel floors were being hired by organizations in Colombo. Huge amounts were spent on logistics, salaries of ‘experts’, special transport (rented aircraft etc.). Rose Charities volunteers, are just that, volunteers. They are unpaid donating their time and expertise. While some airfares and some living costs (at local cost levels) are paid for rapid emergency missions, in general Rose Charities operations they are not (volunteers pay their own). Admin. costs are minimal. There are some bank transfer charges, and some low bookkeeping costs (though other accounting is generously donated). In short, Rose Charities is incredibly cost effective. It is no exaggeration, and easily demonstrable that Rose Charities has achieved in emergency situations an equivalent or more than many other organizations spending 10 or 20 times more
6) Reliabiltiy: There are many ways to convey information and it is natural for all organizations to want to put the best (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/mary-er-sl NULL.jpg)light on their work possible. However sometimes this means that the information is presented about what is actually being carried out in the field may not correlate with reality. This is not necessarily deliberate, it can be hard for information to get back through various channels and way-stations and remain in its natural form. In addition there is great pressure to ‘get first’ on air and put over a good picture. There are no simple ways to know whether what is being said is really true or not but it is a very good idea to ask questions where possible. Rose Charities tries to get publicity too, because it does help to promote our work and elicit donations. In Rose however if we are assisting an emergency we know that (as outlined above) we already have our delivery mechanism in the field with a local network, so that whatever donors kindly give, big or small, will be fed directly into that mechanism to be implemented cost-effectively, where it is needed.
We are proud to announce that we have been featured in new book that is being released shortly. ‘Unsung Heroes Cambodia: People and Projects Making a Difference’ is a non-profit book that is a collection of inspirational stories about NGO’s that also raises awareness about the complex issues surrounding voluntourism. It offers practical tips for anyone interested in helping whether by donating time, money or equipment. It also is filled with stunning photography that presents a side of Cambodia that is heartfelt and unique (in the large format book – an ebook version will also be available for travelers).(http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org NULL.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/unsung-heros-pic1 NULL.jpeg)(http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org NULL.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/unsung-heros-pic2 NULL.jpeg)To receive information on this book (which is raising money for the projects it includes) please join the mailing list by using this link:https://xl129.infusionsoft.com/app/form/fb-sign-up-unsung-heroes-cambodia (https://xl129 NULL.infusionsoft NULL.com/app/form/fb-sign-up-unsung-heroes-cambodia)You can also join us on Facebook/ Unsung Heroes Cambodia.
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Around 2 hours drive away from Kampala along a rutted non paved road near the village of Mukono, Uganda, lies the Volset School. The school gives education to some 160 kids, most of them from very deprived backgrounds. The school does great work and the kids are happy, but is still very poor and is in need of many resources. Nevertheless it does manage to get some assistance, including through Rose Charities and that way manages to keep going .
The shool identifies its most pressing needs as 1) sponsorship for students, 2) refurbishment and construction of more teaching space, 3) establishing a more secure water supply (probably a bore-hole), finding one or two used donated computers to teach computer skills.
Despite hardships, Directors Lydia Nansukusa, and Festus Bazira never give up hope. Festus explained his vision for the school to me. These are our ‘Diplomats of the Future’ he said of his kids..
(http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/andres-warner NULL.jpg)KIDS MAKING A DIFFERENCE -Andrew Warner, aged 15, will be travelling to Port Au Prince with his mom (one of Rose Haiti Project organizers and a pediatric nurse) in March 2013 to film a documentary on sustainable giving from a teenager’s perspective. The project he will be filming involves the neonatal resuscitation course Rose Charities supports for health care workers in Haiti. Andrew speaks French and has always been interested in humanitarian work, and produced a homelessness documentary when he was 12 years old. He has been working as a tutor and madly fundraising to support this trip, from craft fairs to games nights, to slam poetry/music night fundraisers. Attached is the link for a humanitarian poem he wrote that recently won him First Place at a Youth Poetry Slam contest. If you would like to donate, please click on the Haiti project to direct your funds to this project. http://youtu.be/WG1N1JEzBbM (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/l NULL.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fyoutu NULL.be%2FWG1N1JEzBbM&h=8AQECjEll&s=1)
Greetings for these last few days of 2012, and ‘Salut ‘ to a shiny new ‘Gregorian’ New Year!
2012 has been another marvellous year for Rose Charities and its programs around the world. All Rose groups have seen either consolidation or expansion with increased services being available for the poor.
There is a traditional English song that is sung around their festival of Christmas known as the ‘Twelve Days’ . On each of the twelve days certain gifts are given. Each verse recounts a further day and a further set of gifts (often described with a gerund ie ‘a leaping’ or ‘a swimming’, )
2012 for Rose Charities has seen its own cornucopia of gifts so, in festive mood we would like to present our own Rose ’12 days of Christmas’ .
There is no order of importance in our selection; all are noteworthy. Almost all of them demonstrate, apart from their own achievements, two of the main foundations of Rose Charities.. The first, defining the very essence of Rose Charities is cooperation. Cooperation and its siblings ‘coordination’ and ‘friendship’ deliver synergistic energy far greater than the sum of individual efforts. From its very inception, Rose Charities organizers have been aware of this and have always welcomed new friendships. The results speak for themselves: over 100,000 with eye problems have been assisted, education programs ranging from primary to tertiary in 5 countries, microcredit, social enterprise and income generation programs in 7 countries.
The second founding principle that Rose Charities pertains to is that ‘ quality’ is more important than ‘quantity’. Strive for, and achieve the former and the latter will follow. Far better to really help a few to gain better lives than to try to eke out resources to show numbers of those being helped. We see this time and again in Rose, in Dr Hang and Natalia Vra’s Rose Cambodia Sight Centre, in The Rose Cambodia Rehabilition Centre, Professor Sarom’s Rehabilitative Surgery (RCRC) in Cambodia, in Stand Tall Education and Brighter Smiles Uganda, in Malambo Zambia, in Vietnam, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and in all of the successful projects and groups in the Rose network .
Here then, presented in festive spirit, and with enormous gratitude to the ‘givers’ are the Rose 12 days of Christmas….
THE 12 ROSE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
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1. ‘A Partridge in-a Pear Tree ’: Rose Charities Malaysia’s wonderful hosting of the 4th Rose Charities International Meeting in Penang. Creative, productive, hugely enjoyable, and a milestone in the progress of the Rose Charities network. Planned, organized and orchestrated by Rose International Chair Mr Lawrence Cheah (Current Chair and first Hon. Fellow of Rose Charities International) Vince Yeoh and the other amazing members of Rose Charities Malaysia www.myrosecharity.org (http://www NULL.myrosecharity NULL.org/) . Also, Rose Charities Malaysia’s exceptional projects in health delivery for the disadvantaged aboriginal people of Malaysia as well as helping the aged, and a surgical eye project (in cooperation with St Nicholas Home Penang) www.sny.org.my and city-based health promotion.
2. ‘Two Turtle Doves ’ : Rose Charities Cambodia ( Sight Centre) and Rose Charities New Zealand. These two exemplary organizations work very closely together. This results in a truly amazing project which continues deliver eye care and eye surgery for well over 100,000 people since its inception. Rose NZ, mostly through the tireless energy of Mike Webber (Rose Laureate 2009) has delivered equipment (including vehicles), funds, (for training new eye surgeons), guidance, expertise and advice. Drs Hang Vra (Rose Laureate 2007) and Natalia Vra and their team have , built, promoted and implemented programs both at the Kien Khleang Centre and now, through outreach, into the larger community . www.rose-charities.org (http://www NULL.rose-charities NULL.org) and www.rose-eye.info (http://www NULL.rose-eye NULL.info/)
3. ‘Three French Hens ’ : The Rose Canada Safe Motherhood initiative (Hillman Fund, Safe Motherhood Guatemala, Frontier Primary Health Pakistan, Tabish Social Health Afghanistan www.tsheo.com.af (http://www NULL.tsheo NULL.com NULL.af/) ) 2012 saw the inauguration of a safe birthing committee, chaired by midwifery consultant Janice Wensley , to help coordinate plans and funding for the Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Pakistan safe birthing projects. Leading this group are Annette Borkent and Dr. Ruth Brighouse ‘of Safe Motherhood Guatemala ’ www.safemotherhoodproject.org (http://www NULL.safemotherhoodproject NULL.org/) . In Afghanistan, coordination is with Dr Wais Aria of the Tabish Social Health Organization. Afghanistan sadly sees one of the highest maternal childbirth mortalities in the world, a mother dying every two minutes in or around childbirth.
4. ‘Four Calling Birds’: Rose Charities Vietnam www.rosevietnam.org (http://www NULL.rosevietnam NULL.org/) and its programs continued their expansion in scope, organization and effectiveness in 2012 orchestrated both locally by Mr Nguyen , (Rose Laureate 2010) and his Vietnam team, notably Ms Thuc, Louis Nguyen and Jan and Bill Johnston in Canada and USA. Support for the blind (home building and training) in Hue and community income generation in Thanh Thien by reestablishment of their paper flower cottage-industry were main targets in central Vietnam while, in Ho Ch Minh City support for the Be Tho orphanage, assisted by grants through Rose Charities UK www.rosecharities.org.uk (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org NULL.uk/) from the Oliver Bonas group enabled vaccination and health programs as well as food purchase for the children. Rose Charities Vietnam never ceases to amaze with its energy and creativity in program development.
5. ‘Five Gold Rings ’ 2012 saw the Uganda programs consolidate and expand in addition to new linkages and connections coming into being. The ’12 Days of Christmas’ song mentions ‘five gold rings’ and the Rose network has these ! Foremost as always were the amazing Stand Tall Education www.standtalleducation.org (http://www NULL.standtalleducation NULL.org/) and Brighter Smiles www.brightersmilesafrica.ca (http://www NULL.brightersmilesafrica NULL.ca/) programs with their schools, assistance to orphans, social income and health projects. The enormous amount of assistance those projects give to children in need cannot be over-stated. The work of the Volset Orphanage continued and the Hillman Fund www.hmef.info (http://www NULL.hmef NULL.info/) supported a number of students in health training and coordinated also with the Laura Case Trust UK www.thelauracasetrust.org (http://www NULL.thelauracasetrust NULL.org/) . The strong links with the Heada (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.info/heada-teams-up-with-stand-tall/) organization were consolidated, in coordination with Stand Tall, for the training of health workers specialising in sexually transmitted diseases. It is impossible in these few short lines to properly describe the impact of all the many project components in Uganda but they are considerable, and so much of this has been constructed and orchestrated by the tireless work of Nicole Schouela and Dr Andrew Macnab (Rose Laureate 2012) and their teams both in Uganda and Canada. However on 7tth 9th March 2013 the Uganda groups will host the 5th Rose Charities International Conference ‘ Excellence in Education’ in Kampala www.rosecharities.org (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org/) where proper focus on the groundbreaking work of the Uganda organizations in the Rose network will be given appropriate attention.
6. ‘Six Geese-a-laying’: The Rose Cambodia Rehab Centre (RCRC) www.roserehab.org (http://www NULL.roserehab NULL.org/) coordinating with Rose Charities Australia www.rosecharities.org.au (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org NULL.au/) has developed into a well managed and hugely valuable project for the disabled of Cambodia. RCRC was founded by Joanna Thomson (Rose Laureate 2011 and Rose Charities Australia trustee) who created, with her team, one of the most effective rehabilitation facilities in Cambodia today. Physiotherapy and other rehabilitation therapies are much needed in Cambodia and RCRC integrates the services available (including rehabilitation surgery from Dr Nous Sarom’s (Rose Laureate 2008) ‘Operation First’ program. RCRC also coordinates with the Cambodia Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) which is assisted by Rose Canada’s Hillman Fund www.hmef.info (http://www NULL.hmef NULL.info/) in their advanced physiotherapy training program.
7. ‘Seven Swans-a-swimming’: Malambo Grassroots Zambia www.malambograssroots.ca (http://www NULL.malambograssroots NULL.ca/) run a spectrum of wonderful, rurally-based projects ranging from school education, to a health clinic, and women’s income groups in the Monze area of Zambia. An exciting development of the last few months has been the planning of a joint project in commercial beekeeping with the ‘Bee World’ organization of Surrey B.C. Canada’ www.honeybeecentre.com (http://www NULL.honeybeecentre NULL.com/) . This will provide income and ensure better environmental management within the area. One of Malambo’s main organizers in Canada is international harpist Heidi Krutzen. Heidi has been helping Zambias main music school and last year sent a container of donated musical instruments from Canada to the school. Jocelyn Banyard, Malambo’s other main Canadian organizer, travels regularly to work on the project (which was founded by her aunt) as well as organizing fund-raisers and the sourcing of equipment in Canada. This long running project has helped hundreds of impoverished adults and children over the many years it has been operating.
‘8. Eight Maids-a-milking’: Rose Charities Singapore www.rosesingapore.info (http://www NULL.rosesingapore NULL.info/) joined the Rose Charities network in early 2012 and is its newest member. It is also one of its most active, carrying out numerous local initiatives ranging from orphanage support to assisting old folks homes. Almost every weekend a social project is undertaken in Singapore organized by founder Christina Leong and her team. In addition to the local projects, Rose Charities Singapore has been enormously helpful in international initiatives, specifically in collecting funds and materials for emergency relief – such as in the Thai flood disaster, and also in supplying used laptops to the Rose Charities Uganda project(s) .
9. ‘Nine Ladies dancing’ : Madagascar and Guatemala are a long way apart geographically, but they are linked by two marvellous school support projects. Guatemala’s ‘The Mayan Project’ www.themayanproject.org (http://www NULL.themayanproject NULL.org/) founded by Dr Ellen Coburn, has run a school for many years for children in one of the most deprived rural areas of Guatemala. Rose Charities Madagascar provides a similar amazing service with the ‘Mahatsara School project’ for children in a very poor area of Madagascar. In addition the Mahatsara project extends into other areas such as agriculture, health education , a nutrition program, a sports and parents association.
10. ‘Ten Lords-a-leaping’ : Rose Charities Sri Lanka remains one of the most active in the Rose Charities network . Led by Director Anthony Richard, and now assisted by Mr Rajeeshan, the project has seen a spectrum of initiatives ranging from health, to education (all ages), community development, sports for peace and a microcredit programme. This last area has been developed only through the dedicated assistance of Mr Lawrence Keenan, founder of the CSLI institute in Vancouver, whose unwavering support has been unparalleled. Rose Charities Sri Lanka remains a huge source of pride for the Rose network – its deliverance of initiatives to thousands in need, and its fortitude in problem-solving are exemplary.
11. Eleven Pipesr -piping : Rose Charities Canada’s Haiti program has again underlined our belief that true emergency relief efforts should be long term, and not short ‘high media profile’ programs.
After initial medical/surgical relief, work has concentrated on much needed pediatric nursing training. Missions focus on training teachers. Orchestrated by a Rose team of Vancouver nurses and nurse educators – principally Prof Karen Schafer, Linda Warner, Terri Lubin, and other volunteer nurse trainers from B.C. Children’s Hospital and other Vancouver hospitals, the program has steadily continued its specialized training program.
12. Drummers drumming: And the 12th day goes to one of the most important groups in Rose Charities network – its ‘silent heros’. These people manage the infrastructure and raise funds throughout the network . These ‘drummers’ drum steadily away in the background, largely unnoticed, but critical to keeping the Rose network alive. Foremost of these are the Chartered Accountants, Eric Vanderluit www.vanderluit.com (http://www NULL.vanderluit NULL.com/) of Rose Canada, Jane Midgley www.midgleys.co.nz (http://www NULL.midgleys NULL.co NULL.nz/) of Rose NZ and Barbara Reade of Rose Charities UK www.rosecharities.org.uk (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org NULL.uk/) . Penny Kendal (lawyer) of Rose Australia www.rosecharities.org.au (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.org NULL.au/) carries out similar work for Rose Australia. All four donate services which would otherwise represent thousands of dollars in fees but without which proper compliance could not be made. Also in this group are those who time and again help with organizing fundraisers. The list is too large, but most of us know who they are in their own national groups and their work is hugely appreciated work. Rose Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, USA, Australia, Canada and UK all continue to hold fund-raising events. These events have included photographic shows, quiz-nights, dance, art and music events, dinners, street-hockey, sale-stalls, sponsored walks, cycles and runs, dinners, and others, all put together with hours of effort, dedication and determination. Other supporters too – from Spain, Portugal, and France, have contributed in different and varied ways. And there are others: financial control organizers, web-site designers (Canada’s Angela Forsyth manages a family with two children under 2 and puts together e-newsletters as well as maintaining and servicing many of the Rose websites), Helpers with administration work include Judith Peralta who also does her own fund-raising events. Malaysia sees Vince Yeoh and Lawrence Cheah (Rose International Chair), Singapore: Christina Leong, Dickson Ho, Jessica Toh and many others. In France,:Sumiko Berat: Portugal: Hans and Carri Jorgensen: Spain: David Waterman: USA: Rachel Greene and Jason Rosenstock: Madagascar: Dr Emma Noble, and Luke King and Ashlee King: Vietnam: Jan and Bill Johnston and Louis Nguyn: Zambia, Uganda, Guatemala, and those in our close partners, AMDA Canada. The list simply goes on and on… and on. ! Thank you; its you heroes that make Rose work !
A month ago we received an unexpected email from the wonderful Canadian singer and songwriter Jessica Blake www.jessicablakemusic.com (http://www NULL.jessicablakemusic NULL.com/) . Jessica had written an amazing song ‘the More I see’ (http://www NULL.rosecharities NULL.info/jessica-blake-more-i-see NULL.mp3) following her visit to S.E. Asisa. She wrote to say that she was dedicating the use of the song to the work of Rose Charities. It is a beautiful song with thoughtful, profound lyrics and we were very touched at her spontaneous gesture. Jessicas gift is both a wonderful end to a great 2012 but also a fantastic beginning to 2013, now (at time of writing) only 24 hours away.
On the 7th-9th March, Rose Charities will be holding its fifth international conference in Kampala. This year the theme will be ‘Excellence in Education’ and this theme is one which will also be the focus for the year of 2013. Lack of education is the cause of so many of the terrible problems and suffering in the world today. Rose Charities schools , education sponsorships, and training programs span all levels from eye surgery to early childhood (ECCE) and continue to expand. The importance of such programs cannot be overestimated.
We wish you all a 2013 of happiness, peace and creativity.
Sarah Miller & William Grut (Secretaries General, Rose Charities International ) . 31stDecember 2012