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Rose Charities is partnering with Hearts and Hands Cambodia(HHC) in an exciting new project, which both supports HHC’s Daycare Centre near Battambang and launches a new sustainable beekeeping initiative in this community.

For over ten years, HHC has provided care, love and support to 75-100 local children who are among the poorest from eight villages surrounding the Centre. As families struggle with local unemployment and lack of financial resources, they know that their children receive the best care at the Children’s Centre: two healthy meals daily, preschool education (the first ever in the region), personal hygiene (bath time, teeth-brushing, clean clothes), medical
attention and a wonderful safe place to play and be themselves – normal children.

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Rose Charities found HHC through our mutual interest in improving Cambodian livelihoods by supporting bee populations and honey production. Whilst volunteering at the Rose Charities Rehabilitation Centre in Phnom Penh, Rose Vietnam Director Jan Johnston took time out to make contacts with beekeepers in Cambodia. Her research took her twice across Cambodia and eventually to the doorstep of Hearts and Hands Cambodia. HHC founder, Christine Wagner, had been working to get a bee project going in the region for years in order to provide stable income opportunities for the parents of the children. (The area is the agricultural heart of Cambodia and home to a large bee population, despite poor handling methods used by local farmers that frequently result in the death of the bees.)

On return to Canada, Jan contacted Surrey’s Honeybee Centre, the hub for CEO John Gibeau’s Bee World Project (http://www NULL.beeworldproject, a not-for-profit organization that assists people from the poorer regions of the world to improve their quality of life through beekeeping. As Bee World Project had already launched a project in Cambodia (in nearby Pursat), they were keen to consider another and sent an expert to Battambang (http://www NULL.beeworldproject to determine project viability.

Meanwhile, Jan continued the hunt for funding and in July was rewarded with a Bee World donor commitment for the entire bee project plus matching funding to help sustain Daycare Centre operations for the next year! In early 2013, a Bee World Project instructor will travel to Battambang to spend one month training up to 30 farmers from the eight surrounding villages. In addition, the older children attending the Sobbhana Daycare Centre will begin to learn beekeeping in order to provide training for potential livelihood opportunities in the future.

beekeeping (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.jpg)This is the first of three phases that BWP is committing to the region over the next decade. Securing a beekeeping project will assist families to increase their earnings and eventually the families will be able to contribute to the cost of the care for their children. The Centre, when not in use by the daycare, will be perfect as a central meeting place for the beekeeping villagers.

The mutual objective of Rose Charities and the Bee World Project is to create a self-sustaining beekeeping economy in Battambang that will supply badly needed income as well as increased nutrition through the consumption of honey and additional fruit and vegetables benefiting from the increased pollination that the bees provide. Please click to donate tab to help this great project.

Access for All – Under One Roof

By contributor Diane Frost —

Do you ever dream of what is possible beyond your doorstep? Corrugated steel might not look like a beginning in the developed world. But, in Prey Veng, Cambodia, steel is hope and self-sufficiency. One look at the breathtaking vistas of rice paddies and it is easy to see that these women have united, in one year’s time, over what can build lives as their natural talents gain the right of education via Access For All, a campaign of Rose Charities International. (http://rosecharities

Twenty inspirational young women, who were referred to Access For All, dream of making lives for themselves out of the skills they gain from working in the household. The household is special too, because the province of Prey Veng offers few choices to women living with challenges that their disabilities have handed them. Yet, they successfully strive to learn to use computers, become apt administrators and disability awareness ambassadors, all the while being valued members of a close-knit family of ladies rising above poverty.

Referred to Access For All by their own loving families and non-profit global organization (NGO) Veterans International, and a fine combination of support from donor dollars, grants and volunteerism the goal for these women is self-support.

Rose Charities’ plan is to educate women such as Chanry through scholarships to Chea Sim Kamchay Mea University where she learned the discipline of accounting and be able to run a business. A project team leader for Access For All now, Chanry said would like to work for a NGO upon completion of her accounting degree.

They attend high-school and University classes majoring in such pragmatic subjects as English, accounting and urban development. Having recently built a new bathroom for $700, the mission would benefit from an in-house teacher of information technology, Japanese and English, and all the more laptop computers, the better than the lone two in use in the office.

These women’s dream of being a part of society, in their homeland where they would have otherwise languished, and the virtues of work and education are providing answers to the challenges of disability and poverty in the gains of fellowship and self-confidence.

Joining the circle of celebrating their brightest New Year yet, they are welcome at the table, at last.


Improvements at Stand Tall Education


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Each year we allocate some funds towards school improvements. Coming soon is new construction by one of our Stand Tall fathers. He’s building us a guard house, a goat house and a washing station. Two goats will join us at Stand Tall once completed.

In August during school break, we’ll be hiring some of our students to paint the classroom blocks under the guidance of our PTA head who is also a painter by profession. The kids will earn some money and develop new skills and our classrooms will look fresh and clean.

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We’ve restocked our chicken coop with 200 new chicks that are growing fast. In six months our hens will be producing eggs and our cocks will be sold off for food. Sale of eggs goes to sustain our chicken rearing project.

A vegetable garden is in the making at Stand Tall. We’ve cleared an area for a garden and planted a variety of vegetables which will be used to supplement and add some tasty variety to our lunch program. Thank you to Mesach for coming to Stand Tall and sharing his knowledge of agriculture with us.

If you would like to help Stand Tall Education and their work in Uganda, please donate (http://rosecharities online or through check. Thank-you for your support!

Medical Student Electives in Cambodia – new program

 Rose Charities system for medical electives in Cambodia has been restructured (July 2012)


Operation FIRST has now been absorbed into the PPSC Surgery Center in Phnom Penh which also delivers free surgery to the poor, and is directed again by the hugely experienced maxillofacial and rehabilitative surgeon Dr Nous Sarom  ( (http://www NULL.cambodiasurgery

Medical electives will now me more structured with their base being at PPSC but with the option to spend time (if available) at the Rose Sight Centre (http://www NULL.rose-eye (eye surgery, optometry), and  the Rose Cambodia Rehab Centre (http://www NULL.roserehab (physio-therapy, pain-clinic etc). Other centres may be available by special arrangement ie pediatrics, infectious disease etc, but the main focus is rehabilitative medicine and surgery (including eye surgery).

There may be opportunity for community visits: eye, or physio-therapy village screening visits.

As previously the electives are best suited to those interested equally in the cultural experience and health care in a uniquely fascinating part of the world.  Students with initiative to take opportunities will tend to gain more as usually a little bit of effort in communication goes a long way.

Both Dr Nous Sarom and Dr Hang Vra (ophthalmic surgery) are highly acclaimed surgeons with international as well as considerable local experience (huge case numbers). The range of pathologies also seen in Cambodia can be quite astounding.

There will be a weekly administration charge ($US 90) which will go to help the project work and support of the elective staff.   Accommodation can also be arranged (at a discount).

Students should apply early. In order to make sure that students have a enjoyable and interesting elective, numbers are limited to around 4 at a given time and some months (usually northern hemisphere summer) are usually in fairly high demand!

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Restoring lives though surgery in Cambodia

Dr Sarom (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.jpg)The lives which children and adults suffer through disability can be terrible. A baby born with a cleft lip or palate cannot breast feed properly, a woman blinded and burned horribly by deliberately thrown acid has a lifetime of pain in front of her, a man with of four limbs blasted away by a landmine has a future of crawling and begging.

Rehabilitation for those who suffer must work as a spectrum of may forms, physical to psychological. Often though the first step is Rehabilitative Surgery. From its founding in 1998, Rose Charities has been intimately associated with providing rehabilitative surgery for those in Cambodia (http://rosecharities in need and this work continues to this day. The work includes: sight restoration and other rehab surgical techniques such as cleft lip or palate, burns (including deliberately afflicted acid burns), land-mine injury and many other deformities and malformations. Many of the problems have arisen from the various forms of conflict injury from Cambodia’s sad and troubled past.

Rose Charities and the people of Cambodia are fortunate to have Dr Nous Sarom’s expertise to help them. Dr Sarom is a world expert in rehab surgery and was part of the original Rose Charities team set up in 1998. He then moved on to form his own Rose supported program:‘PPSC – Operation First’ (http://www NULL.cambodiasurgery and knowledge of the quality of his work spread rapidly in Cambodia and overseas. With huge experience both internationally and within Cambodia, Dr Sarom has given life changing surgery to thousands of disabled Cambodians in Rose Charities supported centers and outreach programs.

Dr. Sarom (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.jpg)Operating now from the PPSC Centre in Phnom Penh, Dr Sarom’s teaching, treatment and outreach programs continue to provide rehab surgery, free to the poor, which bring real, life changing results to many people suffering from disability. It is hard to estimate the numbers that Dr Sarom has assisted as they are magnified by the teaching he has given to many surgeons who themselves carry on the techniques. They would however range to many thousands.

Dr Sarom is Cambodia’s representative on the Rose Charities International Council and we are incredibly lucky to have him as an integral part of Rose Charities work in Cambodia.

If you would like to help the Surgery centre in Cambodia, please visit our donation page (http://rosecharities  All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. Operation FIRST – PPSC is a member-project of Rose Charities International. Thank-you for your support!

RCRC Senior Therapist gets training at Curtain University

Sokny, RCRC’s Senior Physiotherapist, put his hand up for a 4 day training course in Cervical Spine and Shoulder Conditions Management from 21 – 24 June 2012. Twenty-six enthusiastic Cambodian physiotherapists from government hospitals, private clinics and NGOs attended the hands-on training program. Two physiotherapy lecturers came from Curtin University in Western Australia, accompanied by four final year physiotherapy students.

Sokny took his turn as a patient and commented that the program had been very valuable, and worth giving up his weekend for days three and four of the program. Sokny will ensure that he passes on his learning to RCRC physios Kanha and Leangkhy.

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Computer Donated to Kids in Uganda

Delivering computers in Uganda (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.jpg)Computer lesson for Doreen (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.jpg)Computers at African Hearts School (http://www NULL.rosecanada NULL.jpg)The computers generously donated by Rose Singapore for use in Uganda have been delivered and are already in use. Delivery to the African Hearts Primary school took place on the last day of term. As the photo shows the children were excited and immediately began to get acquainted; a formal computer instruction program will begin next term. Another recipient was Doreen, a high school student who receives educational sponsorship from Rose Canada, and who ‘blogs’ regularly for Rose about life in Uganda. The gift of these computers will make it possible for a great many children to acquire computer skills and learn the benefits of access to the web.


If you would like to help support this project, please donate (http://rosecharities to Rose Charities and note  “Brighter Smiles”. We could also use more computers, please let us know if you have gently used laptops for us. All donations over $25 receive a tax receipt. Thank-you so much for your donation!

Our Physical Therapy Center in Cambodia starts Chronic Pain Group

Recognising that many people suffer from chronic pain, we thought of starting a group exercise program. Six of RCRC’s physiotherapy patients were invited to join a therapeutic exercise class, designed to help with chronic pain. They had  back pain, knee problems, and neck pain; and one woman had been receiving treatment following a leg fracture.  Ranging in age from their 20s to their late 50s, they were all keen and last Thursday the first class got underway, making good use of our soft flooring in the Therapy Area.

Led by Zoe, our regular volunteer physiotherapist, and assisted by Kanha our staff physiotherapist, the women worked through a series of exercises designed to help relieve their pain, and strengthen their physical condition.

(http://www NULL.roserehab NULL.jpg)The Chronic Pain Group – with RCRC physiotherapist Kanha (centre, in orange)

After the 75 minute session the women were happy to have participated; they enjoyed the program, even the soreness from using their muscles intensively, and are keen to return for the next class in a week’s time. Following Zoe’s initial instruction, Kanha will take over running the class from next week.  Another first for RCRC physiotherapy!


By Dr. Mutabazi Uganda Health and Education

Health and Development Agency Uganda is privileged to have been given an opportunity by Hillman Medical Education Fund (http://www NULL.rosecanada of Rose Charities to scale-up Impact Through Peers Project to Stand Tall Education Centre (http://rosecharities, a no-fee primary school in Kampala Uganda with pupils aged between 9-17 years from poor backgrounds. This is expected to start in May 2012.

The project will be implemented in two phases: Phase I will involve training of Peer Group Trainers (PGTs) who will be selected from the teaching staff of Stand Stall. The PGTs will be trained in Facilitation Skills including Energizers for Workshops, Leadership Skills, Body Changes in Adolescence, Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections among adolescents, Gender and Sexuality, Hygiene & Sanitation, Career Planning , Environmental protection among others. The training shall be interactive and learner-driven and devoid of the traditional lecture approaches.

The trained PGTs will then train Peer Group Educators who shall be selected by their classmates. This will be followed by the creation of Peer Group Clubs at Stand Tall Education Centre.

Phase II: The clubs shall continue to give messages about the above topics in form of poems, drama shows, role plays and health education talks. With the overarching goal of doing more with less, HEADA Uganda has decided to use the Stand Tall Education Centre teaching staff as the PGTs.

HEADA Uganda strives to empower adolescents with information as they sail through the rugged terrain of a continuum of body changes and believes that “an Adolescent with the right Information is an Empowered one” and welcomes support towards this endeavor.

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 (http://rosecharities to help support Leang’s salary, enabling her to help hundreds of patients.

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