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 . See you there !
Images from the groundbreaking June 2015 Rose Charities NZ retinal surgical training team visit toDr Vra and Natalia’s Rose Cambodia Eye Hospital. June 2015. With retinal surgeons Dr. Muhammad Khalid, from Hawkes Bay and
Dr Rob Weatherhead .
This enormously successful visit organized by ike Webber (GNZM) Optometrist of Wanganui NZ , and funded by generous NZ donors resulted in a major upgrade of retinal surgical capacity in the excellent facilities of the new international standard hospital built by Dr Vra. The original Kieng Khleang clinic remains to help meet the huge demand in Rose Cambodia’s services to the poor
Mike Webber (Rose NZ Trustee) delivers a wonderful NZ donated Topcon operating microscope to Dr Hang Vra (left) and the Rose Eye Clinic. Mike and Anne Webber brought up from NZ and assembled it on site. The donation will give considerable upgrade in the clinics remarkable services for Cambodian blind and/or in need of eye surgery. The scope was taken up to Cambodia by Mike and Anne Webber and assembled there by them on site by them.
The Rose Charities Cambodia Eye Clinic / Sight Center has treated over 100,000 patients in the last 10 years. It also runs an outreach program, taking eye screening, out to rural areas as well as promoting eye health.
The Rose Charities Cambodia Eye Clinic / Sight Center has treated over 100,000 patients in the last 10 years. It also runs an outreach program, taking eye screening, out to rural areas as well as promoting eye health. The clinic was founded in 1997 though had to be entirely re-equipped when it was looted by an expatriate orchestrated group of thieves in 2003.
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).To receive information on this book (which is raising money for the projects it includes) please join the mailing list by using this link:You can also join us on Facebook/ Unsung Heroes Cambodia.
Rose Charities NZ has donated the funds for a truck to Rose Cambodia Eye/Sight Centre for their outreach program. Collecting for the truck was primarily orchestrated by Mr Mike Webber, Optometrist and Rose Laureate 2009, of Wanganui who worked tirelessly to see the project through. In Mach 2012 a fundraser was held (
http://www.wanganuichronicle.co.nz/news/truck-in-sight-after-eye-fundraiser/1293047/) which hosted over 110 people and, thanks to the Wanganui attendees, raised over $NZ5000. The remainder was donated with huge generosity by a private NZ Foundation which specifically targets international projects which have outstanding cost effectiveness (as the Eye Centre does) .
Rose Rehab Cambodia
Author: Lee Parker
Recognizing 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.
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!
If you would like to sponsor the Rose Rehab Center in Cambodia, please make a donation through Canada Helps. PLease Select Rose Rehab from the drop down menu. Thank-you for your support!
|Dr David ‘Sabo’ Sabiston|
Rose Charities International has conferred Dr David ‘Sabo’ Sabiston with its top ‘Honourary Fellowship’ title. The title is only considered for persons who have had many many years of outstanding charitable efforts in their past, not only for Rose Charities but in any sphere or with any other organization too. Dr Sabiston of Hamilton, New Zealand, is a most worthy recipient of the title having had a lifetime of helping others worldwide, Africa to the Pacific Islands in both the delivery and teaching of ophthalmic surgery.
Over the past 10 years Sabo has been helping the Rose Charities Cambodia Sight Centre, both as a Rose Charities New Zealand board member and then continuing after retirement. The Cambodian operative eye unit was in dire need of assistance in 2002 (having recently been looted of all its equipment by thieves). John Veale of Chritchurch (optometry) generously traveled to the center around that time then introduced it to Sabo and Mr Mike Webber (optometry), who then proceeded, year after year, to assist its re-establishment and re-equipping. With this input the centre has (2012) now treated over 100,000 poor Cambodians and has grown, Directed by one of its founders, Dr Hang Vra, to its position as Cambodia’s foremost eye facility. The efforts of Sabo in this work, in teaching, raising resources and being always being available as a bastion of support has been completely outstanding. Thousands Cambodians have had their lives restored as a direct result.
|Mrs Anne George receives
Fellowship title award
on behalf of Sabo in
Penang March 2012
Recently, Dame Silvia Cartwright (Patron of Rose Charities New Zealand and Ex. Governor General of New Zealand) specifically wrote to praise the work of the clinic.
Both Sabo and Mike Webber are also worthy recipients of the New Zealand ‘Order of Merit’ – one of the highest civilian awards New Zealand offers.
The Rose Charities Fellowship honours Rose Charities in equal measure to the recipient. All members of the network are proud and hounoured by Dr Sabiston accepting this title. The award ceremony was performed at the IVth Rose Charities International Meeting Penang in March 2012. Sadly, Sabo was unable to attend himself through health reasons, but Ms Anne George of Rose Charities was able to accept on Sabo’s behalf and also read out some much appreciated words from Sabo carried over from New Zealand
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
Pakistan: Frontier Primary Health Care support of Traditional Birth Attendant training program www.hmef.info
Cambodia: ‘Access for All’ program for disabled womens education, support and vocational training http://rosecambodia.org
Afghanistan: Tabish-Rose Charities Training Women’s Health and Computer training program’s www.hmef.info
Guatemala: Safe Motherhood women’s birth attendant and women’s health programs www.safemotherhoodproject.org
Zambia: Womens income generation programs http://malambograssroots.ca
Haiti: Women’s neonatal nursing training www.rosehaiti.info
|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 and the remarkable ‘WBDI’ Organization in Samoa, www.womeninbusiness.ws the One in Three Women Organization (Seattle) www.oneinthreewomen.com and World Birth Aid (Seattle) www.worldbirthaid.org
|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 have played over the years. Their magnificent work has helped tens of thousands of victims in many parts of the globe.
|Hurricane Katrina 2005