Social Enterprise Seminar 2012.
Held at the Creekside Community Centre Vancouver in Fall 2012, the seminar attracted a group of Rose Charities enthusiasts and supporters with wide interests and areas of involvement. Rose Charities organizers believe very much in sustainability and local support and involvement for all projects and one way to achieve this is to incorporate social enterprise components wherever possible.
The meeting spanned initiatives both at the donor end as well as the field project end, as well as those which bridged both. Moderated by Rose International Members, Linda Roberts and Will Grut, the keynote speaker was Margaret Mason of Bull Housser who outlined some of the basic and most important aspects of social enterprise projects.
From the Vancouver end, the ‘Lot To Give‘ and ‘Give Group‘ programs were presented by Laura Benson and Kris Roberts respectively In principle these are based around the concept of supply of a service either online or through other sources or retail outlet with significant focus on charitable donation. With Give Group this is through real-estate transactions.
From the field, projects presented included Rose Vietnams paper flower making at Than Thien Village, a centuries old historic art which Rose Vietnam has been helping to revive. Beekeeping in coordination with the Bee World Organization in Zambia and Cambodia, brickmaking in Uganda with Dr Andrew Macnabs Brighter Smiles group, and volunteer tourism and elective student field experience trips in Cambodia. Lawrence Keenan, continually one of the main project instigators and supports in Sri Lanka, outlined the current social enterprise initiatives there, including the amazing Rose Sri Lanka microcredit program and other initiatives embracing health and food distribution.
Janine Vertone’s initiative (Ukama Arts) of import and sale of Zimbabwe sculptures , with much of the proceeds being returned for Zimbabwe school support is a project which links both the field and the donor end. The honey projects mentioned above also fit into this category as the Honey Bee Centre in Surrey will, if possible, purchase and import any honey not sold locally through its international projects. Finally Malambo Grassroots in Zambia also has several womens groups who produce handicrafts, some of which are sold in Vancouver
Following presentations were discussions on some of the challenges the projects faced, how they were planned and established as well as future projections. Interchange of ideas was beneficial and interesting and groups came away with new ideas for further development of plans for their areas.
Refreshments were kindly supplied by some of the participants (thank you Linda Roberts) and there was general agreement that the seminar was both beneficial and interesting, and should be repeated in 2013.
As the 2012 school year enters its final months, it’s time for Rose Charities Sri Lanka to begin implementing its K2K (Kid to Kid) or JET Scholarship Program for the 2013 school year. So far, 16 students from the Natpiddimunai, Annamalai, and Pandirupu areas have been identified as needing special help and support. These 16 students, ages 6-15, come from families which have been severely affected by tsunami, war, or other hardships. All are missing at least one parent, and all face great obstacles to receiving the basic necessity of a proper education.
Rose Charities has worked with community support workers, local public school administrators, and the divisional secretary’s office to identify those children with the greatest need. After background checks and verification was conducted by RCSL, 16 students and their families were brought together for a meeting on August 30th with Rose Charities Sri Lanka CEO Anthony Richard and Rose staff who implement this program. Each of these 16 students will receive continued financial and material support provided by generous overseas donors participating in the K2K program. Initially, this will include a school supply package consisting of pens, pencils, a geometry set, textbooks and exercise books, and a backpack. In addition, an educational savings account has been opened for eight of the older students with an initial deposit.
CEO Anthony Richard talked with the families about the importance of saving for a child’s educational future and of the great empowerment and success that can be attained with a quality education. He also stressed accountability for both students and parents in keeping Rose Charities up-to-date so that it can provide continued support, and in ensuring that the funds donated to the K2K program are making a real and lasting impact on children’s lives.
More information on the K2K program can be found here: http://roseeducation.wordpress.com/k2k/
We wish these students the best of luck as they enter the 2013 school year, and we look forward to many future successes!
The PPSC Rose Medical Elective Program is newly established although Rose has had experience in providing a medical elective program in the past. Our star Surgeon, Dr Nous Sarom has moved to become the Head of Surgery at the Preah Mettokelea Surgical Centre (PPSC) at the Military Hospital in Phnom Penh. Dr Sarom has had a long history with Rose and we have adapted our program to follow this wonderful surgeon and teacher. The Program is now being administered by Ms Sophak Chim who has excellent organisational skills and fantastic written English. She is managing our complicated schedule and ensuring that students receive communication from Cambodia upon receiving their email enquiries. Obviously being a new program there will be teething problems but we hope that the program will evolve to be a leading elective program in Cambodia, especially with the assistance of great feedback from the students! … read more…
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) .
While watching his dad struggling with a complex grant application for child education, his son asked why it was so difficult. His father told him that it was so difficult finding the ‘novel approaches’ the donors were looking for, explaining that so many grants now wanted to be new-thinking and different’ . His don looked confused “Whats that got to do with going to school” he said….
Bingo ! KISSS ! ‘Keep it Simple, just Send kids to School !’
The media nowadays try to get the stories which are different, unusual, sensational. Many grant panels are pulled by this process. Understandably they want the publicity (helps they themselves get needed donations). Organizations making light bulbs out of Coke bottles, computers made of of tin-cans etc attract attention.
While these fascinating projects have their place, the fact is, while of little media ‘wow’ , in the developing world, kids want, but huge numbers cant afford, to go to school. More often than not the schools are there, the kids simply cant access them for want of the pitifully small amount of money, perhaps $50 per year which is needed to support the school.
In many cases the actual school building exists (organizations sometimes build, run the school for a while then move on) and there is are teachers available who will work for the barest minimum.
The Jet-Fund is aimed at helping creating a jet-stream of kids to be able to fulfill their dreams of education to help them fly into successful and happy futures. At the moment the fund works very closely with the K2K program(s) in Sri Lanka, though it is being expanded into other parts of Asia and into Africa too.
The fund is administered by an advisory panel of school-children (currently UK) overseen by one or more members of the Rose Charities International Council. No administration costs are taken at the donor country end, though a small percentage (up to 10% absolute maximum) is permitted at the recipient end to ensure proper screening and structuring (as can be imagined demand is colossal and far far outweighs the funding available)
If you’d like to become an ‘Education Jetsetter’ please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , donation page , or DONATE DIRECTLY (via UK site) Note: enter ‘for JET Fund in ‘notes to the Organization’ at the end of the process
Any donation welcomed (however small); or select a specific level,
Jetsetter – Economy: $50 per year (1 kids to school)
Jetsetter – Business: $100 per year (2 kids to school)
Jetsetter – First Class $300 per year (6 kids to school)
Jetsetter – Exec suite $500 per year (10 kids to school)
Jetsetter – Private jet $1000 per year (20 kids to school) ( Private ROSE-Jet registration allocated.. ie. RJET2 < 2, or more,’1′ is already taken ..yippee!> )
Vancouver is known for its cherry blossoms and late-April is when they get going; profoundly fitting for this lovely event. Come and see them and come to our beautiful concert. Rutsuku Yamagishi is one of the worlds great pianists. One of Rutsukos beliefs is that performances should be live only – thus she rarely (if ever) will perform for recordings in studios..
12 determined teams battled it out last night for Quiz Contest supremacy but the real winner was Rose Charities. We raised $1500 while in the process making a lot of new friends for Rose. The 58 enthusiastic participants loved the event, the camaraderie and the continental ambiance of Cafe Simply French in Vancouver. We are already getting calls for a rematch…… so stay tuned and come and join us for the next event!
Rose Vietnam is delighted to welcome two new members to the Board.
Libby Madden has been a long time supporter of Rose projects in Vietnam. She went to Vietnam for the first time in 2003, “fell in love with the country and the people”, and has been back seven times since, visiting Rose VN projects in Ho Chi Minh City on a number of those occasions. In 2010 Rose Vietnam shifted its focus to Hue, where we now have a number of projects including building houses for the poor, education support, a school for blind adults and income generation. Libby plans to visit Hue in 2012, (and is currently learning Vietnamese!) While there she will evaluate a new community development project in Thanh Thien village.
Patrick Wolfe hails from Vancouver and has been living in Ho Chi Minh since 2007. For three years he worked at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) and was the most successful executive director ever. During his tenure he double the corporate sponsorship and increased membership by over 50%. Patrick is currently corporate marketing director for Blackberry in Vietnam. He is well known and admired in both the local Vietnamese and ex-pat communities, and will represent us well in both our fund-raising and awareness raising activities.
Libby and Patrick join Mr. Phuoc Nguyen and Ms. Han Thuc Thanh, both residents in HCMC, Louis Lap Nguyen who lives in Bellingham and Jan Johnston, who has yet to settle anywhere!