Archive for the ‘Cambodia’ Category
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) .
NZ Physiotherapist Zoe Blair, treats a patient at Rose Cambodia Rehabilitation Centre
|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
‘Sabo’ teaching in Cambodia 2009
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