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Planning for 2018 9th Rose Charities International 20 Year Anniversary Conference Vancouver gets under way..

Planning for the 9th Rose Charities International, 20 year anniversary conference in Vancouver, Canada is now underway.    Details for anyone wishing to attend are here ..       (these details will  be updated as planning moves forward, so look back again as the event draws nearer)

The conference will be held Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April 2018 in Vancouver city, British Columbia, Canada. (details via link above)   An optional visit with an informal workshop will be held over Monday – Wednesday 22 – 24th April .   Some home-stay accommodation (staying with Rose Charities Canada members) is available but a reduced hotel rate has been negotiated also.  All Rose Charities members, supporters, and/or those genuinely interested in our work are welcome.  Please email     conference@rosecharities.ca   or rosehq@gmail.com  if you are interested in attending.

Theme will be examination of those elements which have delivered 20 years of sustained  program success to Rose Charities, how they can be maintained into the future to continue assistance in a changing world.    While the aim is a serious interchange of ideas thoughts and plans, equally and very much true to Rose Charities concept will be to provide an informal  forum of celebration where Rose Charities members worldwide can mix and enjoy each others company and together celebrate the years which have gone by.

Rose Canada April 2017 ‘Mini-Forum’ : ‘Malaria in Education / Child and Human Rights’, great success

Consultants,  Linda Robers (Charit Rose 2014) and Professor Andrew Macnab (Chari. Rose 2012) gave the first Rose Charities Canada ‘TED-style’ presentations of the new mini-forum format to great acclaim.

Andrew spoke on the success of his amazing new rapid malaria diagnosis and on-site treatment program currently implemented with wonderful  result in rural Ugandan schools.  The program is currently being assessed by the Thai Government for implementation in rural regions of their country. Andrew had just returned from consultations at Mahidol and other Thai centers with view to such development

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Linda, who is a council member of the Rose Charities International Council as well as one of Rose Charities Canada’s leading consultants, delivered an important presentation on child and human rights and ensuring their proper implementation across all Rose Charities direct and linked programs.   The superb presentation lead then to considerable audience discussion .

The new ‘mini-forum’ format had been instituted and planned by the Rose Charities Administration Committee, and now having shown to be enormously successful will be repeated.  On this occasion the forum was held in the fireside room of the United Church Centre for Peace hall  on  16th and Burrard, Vancouver, an excellent venue.

University of Leeds Photographic Exhibition chooses Rose Charities UK as target charity !

The renowned University of Leeds Photography Exhibition and Competition, has honoured Rose Charities UK for its 2017 beneficiary Charity. With programs implemented for 20 years based world wide, Rose Charities was founded initially to assist in war-torn post conflict Indo-China area of S.E Asia where programs continue in Vietnam and Cambodia to this day The Leeds photographic exhibition this year targets Asia and is known for its high standard of creative talent.

Specific program focus will be the Rose Charities Cambodia Sight restoration and blindness prevention program and the Vietnam Orphanage assist programs (two orphanages (Be Tho and Thien Phuoc )

(Images above by Megan Ellis (upper) and Rachel Miles (lower)

Throwing malaria out of Ugandan schools: the malaria hero’s !

andres-malaria1Malaria is being tackled in rural Ugandan schools with Dr Anrew Macnab’s remarkable early rapid diagnosis and treatment program delivered by trained school ‘malaria hero’s’, school staff especially trained.  Implemented by Rose Charities Canada’s  Dr Andrew and HEDA Uganda, the program is giving hugely successful, recorded results, cutting the absenteeism through sickness much hated by student and teacher alike.   Please click here to see the most recent paper on the marvellous results.

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Project Toolkit Samoa: Rose Charities NZ gets going .. !

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Caption: Rose Charities NZ chairperson, Trish Gribben examines a custom-designed “toolbox” which will carry delicate ENT instruments between Auckland and Apia, Samoa.

Project Toolkit” — ENT for Samoa

It’s for the little ones.” — Dr P.J. Faumui

Rose Charities NZ has an exciting new project – to take Ear, Nose and Throat surgery to Samoa, to help an estimated 25,000 children who need treatment.

“Project Toolkit” is the dream of a Samoan ENT surgeon who lives in Whanganui, Dr P.J. Faumui. There is no permanent ENT surgeon in Samoa and every time “PJ” (as he is affectionately known) visits his family in Samoa he conducts an ENT clinic at Apia Hospital. PJ sees about 40 or 50 patients a day but, without good medical instruments, is able to give them only very simple low-risk treatment.

So Rose Charities NZ has commited to Project Toolkit, a $45,000 set of top quality ENT instruments and the custom-designed trays which will make it possible to transport them between New Zealand and Samoa for visiting volunteer surgeons to conduct ENT clinics there. The trays, with silicone inserts to keep the instruments safe and secure, are designed to allow for sterilisation and for customs inspections.

PJ himself will head the team of volunteers, some of whom work at Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital.

Sheffmed, an Auckland-based medical equipment company is collaborating with the project. It has offered discounted prices and a vital role in maintaining and keeping the Toolkit safe when it is back from the tropical conditions of Samoa. Sheffmed will also liaise with volunteer doctors who are heading to Samoa.

Why has Rose Charities NZ, which has an international reputation for it support of eye clinics in Cambodia and Nepal, decided to focus on ENT surgery?

“Children who have untreated ear, nose and throat problems in early childhood, like “glue ear”, can be scarred for life,” says Rose chairperson Trish Gribben. “If they can’t hear well, they don’t do well at school, they become disruptive, they have behaviour problems. It’s not far-fetched to say untreated ENT problems can be a building block for an anti-social life.

“The children in Samoa are our neighbours. They deserve something better. The Kiwi Rose Trustees are really excited about PJ’s Project Toolkit. It fits Rose philosophy perfectly: Help a local person to do a grassroots project when a little effort can have a BIG impact,” says Trish.

“When I signed up with Sheffmed I asked PJ if he was thrilled,” said Trish. “His reply: “Well, it is for the little ones.”

“Rose NZ is hooked. Now we have to find the money. It is a big project for us as we are all volunteers. But we are delighted to be working with some Rotary clubs throughout New Zealand. And, through them, with the Harold Thomas Trust which is the legacy of the first New Zealander to be president of Rotary International, set up to provide health care for children in the Pacific. Harold Thomas just happens to have been my uncle — it is all a perfect fit, says Trish.

RCSL: ‘Every great achievement was once considered impossible’

Vigneswara Tamil Vidyalayam is located in Hopton, a “tea plantation” village in Lunugala town in the middle of a mountain range (about 150 km from Colombo and elevated about 750 m above the sea level).
This school was started during the British colonization period in 1938 with only one “shack” building. The persistent effort of the villagers made it possible to upgrade this school to a Secondary School (grade 1 to Grade 11) with 480 students and 30 teachers. Guided by the current principal Mr. S. Thiyagasundaram, this School became a “model School” with awards and achievements.
The Community around this school is very poor with the parents are mostly plantation labours. The main agricultural product of this community is tea. There are many beautiful tea estates in Lunugala. For generations, the majority of the villagers are labours in the tea estate. Additionally people cultivate pepper, cinnamon and cacao and do home based small business.
Presently there is awareness for education in this area. The villagers need help and support to find the resource for education. This was identified by Rose Charities Srilanka two years ago. For RCSL, it has been a new experience to work in the Hill Country.
For the last two years RCSL provides educational support. Since 2014 Rose Lanka Microcredit has also started a village group in Hopton, Lunugala with the support of AMDA. So far there are 52 active members from this village group.
This school became the main recipient of various types of support from Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit pvt ltd. For the last two years education materials, books and other supports were given to this school
This year the volley ball team of Vigneswara Tamil Vidyalayam (under 15 age group) came third place in all island level. This is a milestone in the history of this school. Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit gave volley ball, nets and shoes to those kids. Few of the boys who were achieved this were from the microcredit families of Rose Charities.
The story did not end here. Like the previous years, 8 Primary students have passed in the Grade 5 Scholarship Exams held this year. They were felicitated by Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit. Medals were awarded to these kids.
The school community is grateful for what has been done and welcome the efforts of Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit for future support.

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School support in remote N.E. Thailand

hrh-kids3The Baan Mae Ramoeng School is close to the Myanmar border and helps around 1000 children from remove areas of considerable impoverishment. Population consists of mainly subsistence farming and there are many families displaced by conflict among the local population, the majority of which are ethnically Karen people.

Rose’s close Vancouver/Richmond partner organization CIEAF (Canadian International Education Assistance Fund) set out to assist this school having identified its needs through the Royal Thailand Consulate in Vancouver, which in turn was promoting its needs from one its main support group as one of the schools (of many) supported by Thailands Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in her considerable and noteworthy spectrum of charitable assistance.

hrh-kids1The Baan Mae Ramoeng School is close to the Myanmar border and helps around 1000 children from remove areas of considerable impoverishment. Population consists of mainly subsistence farming and there are many families displaced by conflict among the local population, the majority of which are ethnically Karen people.

HRH. Princess Sirindhorn identified that many of the children at the Baan Mae Ramoeng School had to walk huge

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn makes a visit
Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn makes a visit

distances, as much as 40km each way to attend class. Dormatary facilities were badly needed. In addition need for a vocational training scheem was also noted in order to try to boost income generation for families in this very poor area.

CIEAF, Thai Consulate and Rose Charities aim to work together for fund-raising and implementation of the school upgrade program and this will start with a fundraiser at the Thai Consulate in Vancouver on September 19th.

hrh-kids4Donations are, greatly welcomed, tax-receiptable (Canada) and may be made on line here (scroll down the list of causes to Thailand after you hit the donate button)

 

 

Rose NZ Retinal Surgical training team to Rose Cambodia Eye Hospital

20150705_175911Images 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

Mike Webber (GNZM) examines a patient
Mike Webber (GNZM) examines a patient

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

Hawkes Bay Retinal Surgical Consultant Dr. Muhammad Khalid in hands-on training
Hawkes Bay Retinal Surgical Consultant Dr. Muhammad Khalid in hands-on training

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Raffles Club: ‘Night of Smiles’ : London’s most elite club opens for Ugandan kids

raffles1The Raffles Club in Chelsea, London     has numbered amongst its former members Royalty, Politicians, celebrities and several generations of established families and has welcomed everyone from Princess Margaret, Earl Snowdon and Lichfield, the world-renowned American singer Barbara Streisand to the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

In the early 70’s the club continued to enjoy the patronage of the highest levels of English society and on one occasion the Queen herself attended, together with Prince Charles and Princess Anne, for the 21st birthday party of the grandson of the Earl of Mountbatten .

Previously described as “a darkened , noisome centre of nightlife for the better-heeled Chelsea folk” the raffles3club has always provided a combination of services, from drinks to food to dancing but dinner ceased to be served in the 1980’s and has over recent years been best known for its dancing and drinks offering.

Members enjoy the club for its exclusivity and luxury, as well as its music, which lies at the core of the club and Raffles attracts some of the best acts and DJs in the world. Under the watchful eye of the club’s management the club will be celebrating nearly half a century of existence.

Smiles Uganda is a Rose Charities program in Africa  supporting poor Ugandan children’s education.This is the sixth year that events have been organized to support the program . Funds raised pay school fees for children who would not otherwise have access to education . Already the first graduate,

 Smiles Fund founder Galib Kara with sponsored kids Uganda
Happy Ugandan kids with Smiles Fund founder Galib Kara

Amos Alwa, has enrolled in Kyambogo University specializing in civil engineering!

Rose Charities UK and the Smiles Uganda program are run entirely by volunteers, so 100% of your donations go directly to benefit these incredibly worthy kids!  Gift Aid augmented donations are possible and appreciated.   It is a rare opportunity to be entertained at the legendary Raffles Club for such a relatively low entry , almost all of which will go to an amazing and hugely needed cause. Donations (including downloadable Gift Aid form)  via   https://www.justgiving.com/rosecharitiesuk

(nb Canadian donors may donate to the Smiles Fund and receive tax receipts at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rose-charities/). Click on Smiles in the drop -down menu

 raffles2This evening  event. is being held at Raffles 287 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 5EW Friday September 18th, 2015 from 7 PM to 9:30 PM . Come and enjoy a splendid cocktail party and canapé’s night with some of London’s hotteTst DJ’s. Donation to charity cover charge is 25 GBP.   Tickets are available at  www.smilesfundraiser.com   or  www.raffleschelsea.com/events    

‘Let there be Hope’ : CIEAF-Rose-AMDA Dinner for Nepal Rehabilitation.

ciaf-poster copy‘Dinner for Hope for Nepal’   CIEAF-Rose Charities Canada – AMDA Canada.  Generously hosted by the Continental Seafood Restaurant Richmond, Vancouver ..  Wed 24th June 2015  6.30 pm.     Donations and half of ticket cost  are tax receiptable (Canada).   Tickets from Continental Restaurant.   604-278-6331   Donations (not ticket sales) on line here