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Rose Charities Canada Jan 2013 Project Forum

Dr Andrew Macnab. Expert on Health promoting schools

and founder Brighter Smiles Africa

An amazing group of people attended the Jan 2013 Rose Charities Canada Project Forum of varied interests and backgrounds and organizations.  A comment from one of the participants summarized it well ‘I cant believe the amount of shere competence and expertise present in this room this evening;   The meeting was held again at Creekside Community Centre. False Creek, Vancouver

This year the format was slightly different.  instead of fixed presentations the concept was to more to generate debate, comment and constructive participation.  In the first half Will Grut of Rose International summarized the network in an individual presentation but invited the various project groups to update as their projects were presented.  In the second half a panel consisting of Dr Andrew Macnab ( www.brightersmilesafrica.ca ) ,  Dr Ruth Brighouse and Annette Borkent  (www.safemotherhoodproject.org ) facilitated discussion using aspects of their excellent projects to focus on particular issues.

Food, sushi, dips, cakes, cookies and coffee were kindly provided by some of the participants, notably Dr Diana Carter (UBC Psychiatry Dept)

Attendees concentrate on a presentation

Notable attendees in addition to those mentioned above, were  Ms Sue Ishii  www.amdacanada.org , Nicole Schouela, Honey Halpern and a team from www.standtalleducation.org  ,  Prof. Jane Roskams of the The Ha Mpiti Project/Mathabo Leadership Academy Project, Lesotho,  Liz Moss  of  Proyecto San Gerardo Costa Rica, Luke King  of Rose Madagascar   www.rosecanada.info/madagascar/  Will Grut represented Roses Cambodia and Vietnam  www.rosecambodia.org   www.rosevietnam.org  and Dr Yoga Yogendran of Rose Sri Lanka Committee  www.rosesrilanka.info . International Counsellor (original organizer of 2005 Rose Tsunami post traumatic counselling program) Yaya de Andrade ( see   http://rosecharities.blogspot.ca/2009/12/impact-of-disasters-on-children-by-dr.html )  attended as well as Emily McCance and
Pierre Etienne Banville
of the Rose Social Enterprise Committee  (see http://rosecharities.org/2012/11/social-enterprise-seminar-vancouver/ ) . The Hillman Fund www.hmef.info were well represented by  Dr Joanne Young and Mr Craig Keeting , as were International Health Initiatives, Juliette  www.internationalhealthinitiatives.com .  Dr Ellen Coburn of  www.mayanproject.org Guatemala school project contributed an excellent update.  Mrs Janice (and husband Dr David) Wensley of the Safe Motherhood Committee of Rose Charities came as did    Rose Charities Canada’s Chair, Maggie Francis and Hon Treasurer Eric Vanderluit   Accountant Kevin Simpson, (who carries out pivotal accounting  work for Rose Canada) as did a fellow accountant and Rose supporter,   Richard McCallum

Dr Ruth Brighouse and Anne Borkent of Safe Motherhood

Guatemala

The atmosphere of the meeting was stimulating, creative and constructive. Discussions ranged around many areas though focusing on transfer of training and teaching schools.  Such skills transfer is very much the focus of the projects (Birthing attendant skills Guatemala and Health Promotion in Uganda) .  The Rose Charities network is now fairly broad as well as deep and the forum allowed organizers from dispersed parts of it to meet and exchange ideas.

A big thank you to Maggie Francis (Chair Rose Charities Canada) and Linda Roberts(Rose International Hon Sec)  for much of the structuring of the meeting.

 

Talented teenager Andrew Warner to make film in Haiti..

KIDS MAKING A DIFFERENCE -Andrew Warner, aged 15, will be travelling to Port Au Prince with his mom (one of Rose Haiti Project organizers and a pediatric nurse) in March 2013 to film a documentary on sustainable giving from a teenager’s perspective. The project he will be filming involves the neonatal resuscitation course Rose Charities supports for health care workers in Haiti. Andrew speaks French and has always been interested in humanitarian work, and produced a homelessness documentary when he was 12 years old. He has been working as a tutor and madly fundraising to support this trip, from craft fairs to games nights, to slam poetry/music night fundraisers. Attached is the link for a humanitarian poem he wrote that recently won him First Place at a Youth Poetry Slam contest. If you would like to donate, please click on the Haiti project to direct your funds to this project. http://youtu.be/WG1N1JEzBbM

New Years message from the Chair

lawrence-cheah NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE FROM ROSE CHARITIES   INTERNATIONAL CHAIR

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My  dear  fellow members and volunteers of Rose Charities Chapters Worldwide

WITH the year 2012 fast drawing to a close,  WE hope  you have  achieved most of what you

Set out to do this year . Let’s just draw a veil over it and look forward to a new minted year

With opportunities for fresh hopes, innovative ideas,renewal, regeneration and challenges

Ahead.

 

I am confident  opportunities  for voluntary  service  will be in abundance beyond the door

Of tomorrow and we must  be steadfast,therefore, in our commitment to answer these needs.

SO, let us use that key to turn the lock of the door and enable us to witness how the “ PEOPLE

HELPING PEOPLE’ imperative can best become an integral part of the organisation’s future .

Mahatma Gandhi once said : Every worthwhile  accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of

Drudgery and triumph; a beginning , a struggle and a victory  “.

 

IN order for ROSE CHARITIES to conduct relevant projects and activities and to strive for more

Far reaching horizons of humanitarian service , it will be imperative that we strengthen our

Capacity to meet these ambitious goals. Membership and organizational growth is, consequently,

Essential if we are to achieve  optimium success in meeting future human needs, and strive

Confidently to accept still greater  challenges on behalf of mankind .

 

OUR potential is unlimited.WE need to recognize  all that we can accomplish once we

Commit our hearts and minds to achieving the potential of ROSE CHARITIES INTERNATIONAL

As we enter the 21st Century and move towards the World of Social Networking .

 

OVER the last 15 years , we have accumulated  an impressive  and impeccable track record

Of achievements – developing various large scale projects and activities –stretching from

Asia Pacific countries, to Africa and less developed third world nations with Canada, Australia,

New Zealand, USA and England as sponsoring countries.

 

In this 16th Anniversary year we wanted to honour and recognize the distinguished and outstanding

Leadership, dedication , commitment and contributions made by these very special pioneering

And yet never ask for anything in return.

This significant and auspicious  occasion will be a fitting moment for reflection and renewal as it

Marks the 16th Anniversary of the International NGO organization .

 

We would like to salute and applaud the overwhelming generous donations and contributions

By various multi -national corporate sponsors, Hillman Foundatiion,

Companies, organizations, government agencies,public bodies and others for constantly

Looking outward and extending a helping hand  to Society’s  less fortunate regardless of race,

Creed,religion and social standing .

 

OUR unique international voluntary organization  is only as good as the people and the multi-

task talents it has. ROSE CHARITIES have expanded and extended “ HANDS OF FRIENDSHIP’

and HOPE  across borders and countries worldwide  to join with other ROSE CHARITIES

Chapters and  Partners in implementing  truly innovative ways to promote ,build, and help to

Educate  people whose languages ,cultures , customs, and politics may differ, where goodwill,

Racial harmony ,trust and mutual respect  form the standards of civilized conduct and practices.]

 

ROSE  CHARITIES is passionate  about her work because  she believes its about making a Big

Difference ,and about creating win-win situations . NO goal is too high if you climb with care and

Confidence . The greatest reward for doing anything is the chance to do more for the less

Fortunate ,the poor , the disabled and the needy .

 

Loretta Scott once said :  “  WE CANNOT HELP EVERYONE…BUT EVERYONE CAN HELP

SOMEONE “ .

OUR accomplishments  in meeting community needs; our myriad successes in reaching the

Less fortunate around the world to give sustenance, shelter , medical benefits and facilities,

Educational learning assistance to others and our EYECARE and SIGHT amenities , for those

Poor children and the elderly,  for still greater  involvement in humanitarian  service , provides

Ample reason for each of us to take pride in our work and its membership .

 

To all our fellow members , volunteers ,helpers , well wishers, supporters and Friends of

ROSE CHARITIES , your team spirits ,dedication inspiration, and efforts  were highly

Outstanding and very much appreciated.

 

Your support was heart- warming and wonderful right from the start . We just can’t help

To express our gratitude  and sincere appreciation  and sending this “ THANKS “ MESSAGE

From the heart .

The journey is long and winding . But if we run it together . we can achieve it .

WE would like to urge you to boldly respond to reforms and aspirations of today to keep

The organization fresh,fit and relevant for the future .

 

John Wooden once said : “ DON’T LET WHAT YOU CAN’T DO STOP YOU  FROM WHAT

YOU CAN DO ‘.

 

MAY I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY IN WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY  – HAPPY NEW

YEAR 2013- and Share  the joy with those closest to us .

 

Warmest regards and Best Wishes

Lawrence Cheah

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Rose Charities at end of 2012: New Years messages from the from SGs and Chair

Greetings for these last few days of 2012, and  ‘Salut ‘ to a shiny new ‘Gregorian’ New Year!

 

2012 has been another marvellous year for Rose Charities and its programs around the world.  All Rose groups have seen either consolidation or expansion with increased services being available for the poor.

 

There is a traditional English song that is sung around their festival  of Christmas known as the ‘Twelve Days’ .  On each of the twelve days certain gifts are given. Each verse recounts a further day and a further set of gifts (often described with a gerund ie ‘a leaping’ or ‘a swimming’,  )

 

2012 for Rose Charities has seen  its own cornucopia of gifts so, in festive mood  we would like to present our own Rose  ’12 days of Christmas’ .

 

There is no order of importance in our selection; all are noteworthy.  Almost all of them demonstrate,  apart from their own achievements,   two of the main foundations of Rose Charities..  The first,  defining the   very essence of Rose Charities  is cooperation.  Cooperation and its siblings  ‘coordination’ and ‘friendship’ deliver synergistic energy far greater than the sum of individual efforts.   From its very inception, Rose Charities organizers  have  been aware of this and have always welcomed new friendships.  The results speak for themselves: over 100,000 with eye problems have been assisted,   education programs ranging from primary to tertiary in 5 countries, microcredit, social enterprise and income generation programs in 7 countries.

 

The second  founding principle  that Rose Charities pertains to is that ‘ quality’ is  more important than ‘quantity’.  Strive for, and achieve  the former and the latter will follow.  Far better to really help a few to gain  better lives than to try to eke out resources to show numbers of those being helped.  We see this time and again in Rose, in Dr Hang and Natalia Vra’s  Rose Cambodia Sight Centre,  in The Rose Cambodia Rehabilition Centre, Professor Sarom’s Rehabilitative Surgery (RCRC) in Cambodia, in  Stand Tall Education and Brighter Smiles Uganda, in Malambo Zambia,  in Vietnam, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and in  all of the successful projects and groups in the Rose network .

Here then, presented in festive spirit, and with enormous gratitude to the ‘givers’ are the Rose 12 days of Christmas….

 

THE 12 ROSE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

 1.  ‘A Partridge in-a Pear Tree ’:   Rose Charities Malaysia’s wonderful hosting of the 4th Rose Charities International Meeting in Penang.  Creative, productive, hugely enjoyable,  and a milestone in the progress of the Rose Charities network.  Planned, organized and orchestrated by Rose International Chair Mr Lawrence Cheah (Current Chair  and first Hon. Fellow of Rose Charities International)  Vince Yeoh and the other amazing members of  Rose Charities Malaysia  www.myrosecharity.org  .  Also, Rose Charities Malaysia’s exceptional projects in health delivery for the disadvantaged aboriginal people of Malaysia as well as helping the aged, and a surgical eye project (in cooperation with St Nicholas Home Penang)  www.sny.org.my  and  city-based health promotion.

 

2. ‘Two Turtle Doves ’ Rose Charities Cambodia ( Sight Centre) and Rose Charities New Zealand.  These two exemplary organizations work very closely together.  This results in a truly amazing project which continues deliver eye care and  eye surgery for well over 100,000 people since its inception. Rose NZ,  mostly through the tireless energy of Mike Webber (Rose Laureate 2009) has delivered equipment (including vehicles), funds, (for training new eye surgeons), guidance, expertise and advice. Drs Hang Vra (Rose Laureate 2007) and Natalia Vra and their team have , built, promoted and implemented programs both at the Kien Khleang Centre and  now, through outreach,  into the larger community .   www.rose-charities.org    and   www.rose-eye.info

3. ‘Three French Hens ’ :  The Rose Canada  Safe  Motherhood initiative (Hillman Fund, Safe Motherhood Guatemala, Frontier Primary Health Pakistan, Tabish Social Health Afghanistan  www.tsheo.com.af  ) 2012 saw the inauguration of a safe birthing committee, chaired by midwifery consultant Janice Wensley , to help coordinate plans and funding for the Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Pakistan safe birthing projects. Leading this group are Annette Borkent and Dr. Ruth Brighouse ‘of Safe Motherhood Guatemala ’   www.safemotherhoodproject.org  . In Afghanistan, coordination is with Dr Wais Aria of the Tabish Social Health Organization.   Afghanistan sadly sees one of the highest maternal childbirth mortalities in the world, a mother dying every two minutes in or around childbirth.

4. ‘Four Calling Birds’:   Rose Charities Vietnam   www.rosevietnam.org  and its programs continued their expansion in scope, organization and effectiveness in 2012 orchestrated both locally by Mr Nguyen , (Rose Laureate 2010)  and his Vietnam team, notably Ms Thuc,  Louis Nguyen and Jan and Bill Johnston in Canada and USA.  Support for the blind (home building and training) in Hue and community income generation in Thanh Thien by reestablishment of their paper flower cottage-industry were main targets in central Vietnam while, in Ho Ch Minh City support for the Be Tho orphanage, assisted by grants through Rose Charities UK   www.rosecharities.org.uk   from the Oliver Bonas group enabled vaccination and health programs as well as food purchase for the children. Rose Charities Vietnam never ceases to amaze with its energy and creativity in program development.

5. ‘Five Gold Rings ’  2012 saw the Uganda programs  consolidate and expand in addition to new linkages and connections coming into being.  The ’12 Days of Christmas’ song  mentions ‘five gold rings’ and the Rose network has these ! Foremost as always were the amazing Stand Tall Education www.standtalleducation.org  and  Brighter Smiles  www.brightersmilesafrica.ca  programs  with their schools, assistance to orphans, social income and health projects.  The enormous amount of assistance those projects give to children in need cannot be over-stated.  The work of the Volset  Orphanage continued and the Hillman Fund  www.hmef.info  supported  a number of students in health training and coordinated also with the Laura Case Trust UK  www.thelauracasetrust.org . The strong links with the  Heada organization were consolidated, in coordination with Stand Tall, for the training of health workers specialising in sexually transmitted diseases. It is impossible in these few short lines to properly describe the impact of all the many project components in Uganda but they are considerable, and so much of this has been constructed and orchestrated by the tireless work of Nicole Schouela and Dr Andrew Macnab (Rose Laureate 2012)  and their teams both in Uganda  and Canada.   However  on 7tth 9th March 2013 the Uganda groups will host the 5th Rose Charities International Conference ‘ Excellence in Education’  in Kampala www.rosecharities.org    where proper focus on the groundbreaking work of the Uganda organizations in the Rose network will be given appropriate attention.

6. ‘Six Geese-a-laying’:   The Rose Cambodia Rehab Centre (RCRC)  www.roserehab.org  coordinating with Rose Charities Australia www.rosecharities.org.au   has developed  into a well managed and hugely valuable project for the disabled of Cambodia.  RCRC was founded by Joanna Thomson (Rose Laureate 2011 and Rose Charities Australia trustee) who created, with her team, one of the most effective rehabilitation facilities in Cambodia today.   Physiotherapy and other rehabilitation  therapies are much needed in Cambodia and RCRC integrates the services available (including rehabilitation surgery from Dr Nous Sarom’s (Rose Laureate 2008)  ‘Operation First’ program.  RCRC also coordinates with the Cambodia Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) which is assisted by Rose Canada’s Hillman Fund  www.hmef.info  in their advanced physiotherapy training program.

7. ‘Seven Swans-a-swimming’:  Malambo Grassroots Zambia   www.malambograssroots.ca  run a spectrum of wonderful, rurally-based projects ranging from school education, to a health clinic, and women’s income groups in the Monze area of Zambia.  An exciting development of the last few months has been the planning of a joint project in commercial beekeeping with the ‘Bee World’ organization of Surrey B.C. Canada’  www.honeybeecentre.com .  This will provide income and ensure better environmental management within the area. One of Malambo’s main organizers in Canada is  international harpist Heidi Krutzen.  Heidi has been helping Zambias main music school and last year sent a container of donated musical instruments from Canada to the school. Jocelyn Banyard, Malambo’s other main Canadian organizer, travels regularly to work on the project (which was founded by her aunt) as well as organizing fund-raisers and the sourcing of equipment in Canada.  This long running project has helped  hundreds of impoverished adults and children over the many years it has been operating.

‘8. Eight Maids-a-milking’:  Rose Charities Singapore  www.rosesingapore.info   joined the Rose Charities network in early 2012 and is its newest member.  It is also one of its most active, carrying out numerous local initiatives ranging from orphanage support to assisting old folks homes. Almost every weekend a social project is undertaken in Singapore organized by founder Christina Leong and her team.  In addition to the local projects, Rose Charities Singapore has been enormously helpful in international initiatives, specifically in collecting funds and materials for emergency relief – such as in the Thai flood disaster,  and also in supplying used laptops to the Rose Charities Uganda project(s) . 

9. ‘Nine Ladies dancing’ :   Madagascar  and Guatemala  are a long way apart geographically,  but  they are linked by two marvellous school support  projects.  Guatemala’s  ‘The Mayan Project’   www.themayanproject.org  founded by Dr Ellen Coburn, has run a school for many years for children in one of the most deprived rural areas of Guatemala.  Rose Charities Madagascar provides a similar amazing service with the ‘Mahatsara School project’  for children in a very poor area of Madagascar.  In addition the Mahatsara project extends into other areas such as agriculture, health education , a nutrition program, a sports and parents association.

10. ‘Ten Lords-a-leaping’ :  Rose Charities Sri Lanka remains one of the most active in the Rose Charities network .  Led by Director Anthony Richard, and now assisted by Mr Rajeeshan,  the project has seen a spectrum of initiatives ranging from health, to education (all ages), community development, sports for peace and a microcredit programme.  This last area has been developed only through the dedicated assistance of Mr Lawrence Keenan, founder of the CSLI institute in Vancouver, whose unwavering support has been unparalleled.  Rose Charities Sri Lanka remains a huge source of pride for the Rose network – its deliverance of  initiatives to thousands  in need, and its fortitude in problem-solving are exemplary.

11. Eleven Pipesr -piping :  Rose Charities Canada’s  Haiti program has again underlined our belief that true emergency relief efforts should be long term, and not short ‘high media profile’ programs.

After initial medical/surgical relief, work has concentrated on much needed pediatric nursing training.  Missions focus on training teachers. Orchestrated by a  Rose team of Vancouver  nurses and nurse educators – principally Prof Karen Schafer, Linda Warner, Terri Lubin,  and other volunteer nurse trainers from B.C. Children’s Hospital and other Vancouver hospitals, the program has steadily continued its specialized training program.

12. Drummers drumming:  And the 12th day goes to one of the most important groups in Rose Charities network –  its ‘silent heros’.  These people manage the infrastructure and raise funds throughout the network  .  These ‘drummers’ drum steadily away in the background, largely unnoticed, but critical to keeping the Rose network alive.  Foremost of these are the Chartered Accountants,  Eric Vanderluit   www.vanderluit.com   of Rose Canada,  Jane Midgley   www.midgleys.co.nz  of Rose NZ and  Barbara Reade of Rose Charities UK  www.rosecharities.org.uk   .   Penny Kendal  (lawyer) of Rose Australia  www.rosecharities.org.au  carries out similar work for Rose Australia.  All four  donate services which would otherwise represent thousands of dollars in fees but without which proper compliance could not be made. Also in this group are those who time and again help with organizing fundraisers. The list is too large, but most of us know who they are in their own national groups and their work is hugely appreciated work.   Rose Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, USA, Australia, Canada and UK  all continue to hold fund-raising events. These events have included photographic shows, quiz-nights, dance, art and music events, dinners, street-hockey,  sale-stalls, sponsored walks, cycles and runs, dinners,  and others, all put together with hours of effort, dedication and determination.  Other supporters too – from Spain, Portugal, and France, have contributed in different and varied ways. And there are others: financial control organizers,  web-site designers (Canada’s Angela Forsyth manages a family with two children under 2 and puts together e-newsletters as well as maintaining and servicing many of the Rose websites),   Helpers with  administration work include  Judith Peralta who also does her own fund-raising events.   Malaysia sees Vince Yeoh and Lawrence Cheah (Rose International Chair),  Singapore: Christina Leong, Dickson Ho, Jessica Toh and many others.  In France,:Sumiko Berat:  Portugal: Hans and Carri Jorgensen: Spain: David Waterman: USA: Rachel Greene and Jason Rosenstock: Madagascar: Dr Emma Noble, and Luke King and Ashlee King:  Vietnam: Jan and Bill Johnston and Louis Nguyn:   Zambia, Uganda, Guatemala,  and those in our close partners, AMDA Canada.   The list simply goes on and on… and on. !    Thank you;  its you heroes that make Rose work !

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A month ago we received an unexpected email from the wonderful Canadian singer and songwriter Jessica Blake   www.jessicablakemusic.com  .  Jessica had written an amazing song ‘the More I see’   following her visit to S.E. Asisa.  She wrote to say that she was dedicating the use of the song to the work of Rose Charities.   It is a beautiful song with thoughtful, profound lyrics and we were very touched at her  spontaneous  gesture.  Jessicas gift is both a wonderful end to a great 2012 but also a fantastic beginning to 2013, now (at time of writing) only 24 hours away.

On the 7th-9th March, Rose Charities will be holding its fifth international conference in Kampala. This year the theme will be  ‘Excellence in Education’ and this theme is one which will also be the focus for the  year of 2013.  Lack of  education is the cause of  so many of  the terrible problems and suffering in the world today.  Rose Charities schools , education sponsorships, and training programs span all levels from eye surgery to early childhood (ECCE) and continue to expand.  The importance of such programs cannot be overestimated.

 

We wish you all a 2013 of happiness,  peace and  creativity.

Sarah Miller  & William Grut   (Secretaries General, Rose Charities International ) . 31stDecember 2012

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Message from the Chair

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE FROM ROSE CHARITIES

INTERNATIONAL CHAIR

=================================

My  dear  fellow members and volunteers of Rose Charities Chapters Worldwide

 

WITH the year 2012 fast drawing to a close,  WE hope  you have  achieved most of what you

Set out to do this year . Let’s just draw a veil over it and look forward to a new minted year

With opportunities for fresh hopes, innovative ideas,renewal, regeneration and challenges

Ahead.

 

I am confident  opportunities  for voluntary  service  will be in abundance beyond the door

Of tomorrow and we must  be steadfast,therefore, in our commitment to answer these needs.

SO, let us use that key to turn the lock of the door and enable us to witness how the “ PEOPLE

HELPING PEOPLE’ imperative can best become an integral part of the organisation’s future .

 

Mahatma Gandhi once said : Every worthwhile  accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of

Drudgery and triumph; a beginning , a struggle and a victory  “.

 

IN order for ROSE CHARITIES to conduct relevant projects and activities and to strive for more

Far reaching horizons of humanitarian service , it will be imperative that we strengthen our

Capacity to meet these ambitious goals. Membership and organizational growth is, consequently,

Essential if we are to achieve  optimium success in meeting future human needs, and strive

Confidently to accept still greater  challenges on behalf of mankind .

 

 

OUR potential is unlimited.WE need to recognize  all that we can accomplish once we

Commit our hearts and minds to achieving the potential of ROSE CHARITIES INTERNATIONAL

As we enter the 21st Century and move towards the World of Social Networking .

 

OVER the last 15 years , we have accumulated  an impressive  and impeccable track record

Of achievements – developing various large scale projects and activities –stretching from

Asia Pacific countries, to Africa and less developed third world nations withCanada,Australia,

New Zealand,USAandEnglandas sponsoring countries.

 

In this 16th Anniversary year we wanted to honour and recognize the distinguished and outstanding

Leadership, dedication , commitment and contributions made by these very special pioneering

And yet never ask for anything in return.

This significant and auspicious  occasion will be a fitting moment for reflection and renewal as it

Marks the 16th Anniversary of the International NGO organization .

 

We would like to salute and applaud the overwhelming generous donations and contributions

By various multi -national corporate sponsors, Hillman Foundatiion,

Companies, organizations, government agencies,public bodies and others for constantly

Looking outward and extending a helping hand  to Society’s  less fortunate regardless of race,

Creed,religion and social standing .

 

 

OUR unique international voluntary organization  is only as good as the people and the multi-

task talents it has. ROSE CHARITIES have expanded and extended “ HANDS OF FRIENDSHIP’

and HOPE  across borders and countries worldwide  to join with other ROSE CHARITIES

Chapters and  Partners in implementing  truly innovative ways to promote ,build, and help to

Educate  people whose languages ,cultures , customs, and politics may differ, where goodwill,

Racial harmony ,trust and mutual respect  form the standards of civilized conduct and practices.]

 

ROSE  CHARITIES is passionate  about her work because  she believes its about making a Big

Difference ,and about creating win-win situations . NO goal is too high if you climb with care and

Confidence . The greatest reward for doing anything is the chance to do more for the less

Fortunate ,the poor , the disabled and the needy .

 

Loretta Scott once said :  “  WE CANNOT HELP EVERYONE…BUT EVERYONE CAN HELP

SOMEONE “ .

OUR accomplishments  in meeting community needs; our myriad successes in reaching the

Less fortunate around the world to give sustenance, shelter , medical benefits and facilities,

Educational learning assistance to others and our EYECARE and SIGHT amenities , for those

Poor children and the elderly,  for still greater  involvement in humanitarian  service , provides

Ample reason for each of us to take pride in our work and its membership .

 

 

To all our fellow members , volunteers ,helpers , well wishers, supporters and Friends of

ROSE CHARITIES , your team spirits ,dedication inspiration, and efforts  were highly

Outstanding and very much appreciated.

 

Your support was heart- warming and wonderful right from the start . We just can’t help

To express our gratitude  and sincere appreciation  and sending this “ THANKS “ MESSAGE

From the heart .

The journey is long and winding . But if we run it together . we can achieve it .

WE would like to urge you to boldly respond to reforms and aspirations of today to keep

The organization fresh,fit and relevant for the future .

 

John Wooden once said : “ DON’T LET WHAT YOU CAN’T DO STOP YOU  FROM WHAT

YOU CAN DO ‘.

 

MAY I TAKE THISOPPORTUNITYIN WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY  – HAPPY NEW

YEAR 2013- and Share  the joy with those closest to us .

 

Warmest regards and Best Wishes

LawrenceCheah

 

Jessica Blake donates her lovely song ‘The more I see’ to Rose Charities work in Cambodia

Jessica Blake.... writer and singer of 'The more I see'

The beautiful singer and songwriter Jessica Blake has dedicated one of her most lovely songs to Rose Charities.  ‘The more I see’   was written during a visit by Jessica to Cambodia where she was moved by the courage of the poor battling with so much need.  Jessica discovered there of the work of Rose Charities (now around 20 years) in Cambodia and so with huge generosity dedicated this incredible song to Rose work.   Please click to listen to if and, if  you are like it and would like to honour tnd thank Jessica by donating a little to Rose Charities efforts use the donation pageof this site.  The funds will be used to help the poor of Cambodia in one of Rose’s many projects there

Christmas thoughts for Rose Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Quizzers:Thank you for supporting the Rose Charities quiz night.The funds we raised will provide continued education to the 200+ children in the Mahastara school in Madagascar, and support for the 50+ street children in the Rose VN school in Thanh Tien. We also provided Saturday lunch for approximately 30 at the Union Gospel Mission with the Quiz Night left-overs!Below is one quiz category on Vietnam that we did not get to on Quiz Night:

Question 1: How much does it cost to provide a university scholarship for a gifted Vietnamese student? (Answer: $400)

Question 2a: How many street children in Thanh Tien are receiving an education and a hot meal everyday from Rose Vietnam? (Answer: 50)

Question 2b: How much does it cost to support these children? (Answer: $25/month)

Question 3: Thanh Tien suffers extreme poverty because:

a) It was bombarded with Agent Orange in the Vietnam War.

b) It is battered by typhoons and winter storms annually.

c) It was caught in the cross-fire of the North/South armies

duringthe Tet offensive.

(A: All of the above)

Question 4: How much does it cost to provide basic vaccinations for 4 children in Vietnam? (A. $100)

Question 5: What is the cost of building a brick home for an extended family in Thanh Tien? (A. $2000*)

*Rose Vietnam receives support from a Canadian Company -PEB Steel, who have committed to providing the roofing on all construction in Thanh Tien.

Please keep these answers in mind as Christmas approaches. You can give the gift of education, sustenance or shelter in the name of a friend or family and we will send them a card on your behalf. If you, or a group of your friends, decide to support a brick home for an extended family in Thanh Tien village we will happily put your name on the home, eg — “Donated by the Dunbar Book Club, Vancouver, Canada”. Rose Charities is a registered Canadian Charity: tax receipts are issued for all donations over $25.

For more information on the Rose Vietnam please visitwww.rosevietnam.org

For more information on Rose Madagascar Mahastara please visitwww.rosemadagascar.org

Below is a detailed report of the Rose Charities Vietnam Thanh Tien community project which outlines our plan to lift this village out of poverty. If you have a moment, please read it… our goal is to raise $25,000 to make this happen. You’ll be amazed at how much we will accomplish with that much money.

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s Quiz.

Jan and Cathy

 

Rose Vietnam Community Development Project

For 400 years Thanh Tien village has been producing beautiful hand-made paper flowers. These flowers are particularly significant during the lunar new year holiday (Tet). Before the war Thanh Tien village thrived from the sale of these flowers, which were popular and much sought after throughout the country. But this village has not recovered from the devastating effects of the war, compounded by the damage wrought almost annually by typhoons and major storms.

In 2010 Rose Vietnam was approached by Thanh Tien’s Chief and village elders for support to revitalize this indigenous craft. They feel this renaissance and the related stimulus to tourism will alleviate poverty by creating employment opportunities, particularly for young people, many of whom are currently forced to leave home in search of work.

Rose Vietnam has set out a three-pronged plan to implement the project:

PHASE I

1.Refurbish the facilities where the flowers are currently made, which will also serve as a “class-room” for the flower making classes offered to tourists.  Provide funds for the local villagers to purchase quality materials for the hand-made flowers.  (This has been partially accomplished)

2.Initiate training programmes for guides / translators (ESL essential, and other languages), hospitality, marketing and accounting courses.  (Deferred for lack of funding but is a high priority).

3.Design the Welcome Center (This has been accomplished with the assistance of a local architect who donated his services).

PHASE II

1.Establish the Welcome Center, featuring a pictorial history of Thanh Tien village and the hand made flower-making tradition, as well as a coffee shop/restaurant and an outlet for visitors to purchase the flowers. (Pending).

2.Establish a Board to oversee the activities and growth of the project comprised of the village Chief, members from the local community and a representative from Rose Charities Vietnam.

PHASE III

1.Market to local, national and international travel media and operators. (Members of the Rose VN Board have personal connections with Saigon Tourism, the Saigon Times and individuals in the travel industry in Vietnam).

2. Prepare multi-language visual and written media re the history of Thanh Tien and the historic significance of the paper flowers.  This information will also be produced in Braille by the Rose Vietnam school for blind adults currently supported by Rose Vietnam.

3. Prepare press materials for local and national media.

Funding will provide ….

  1. Better quality materials (i.e. paper and dyes);
  2. An attractive Welcome Center where visitors can buy and/or learn how to make the flowers and learn about the history of this village and this craft;
  3. Training for young people in tourism/hospitality so that they can ensure the long term success of the project;
  4. Language training to act as guides and interpreters;
  5. Enrollment in accounting and business to ensure proper management; and, most importantly,
  6. Assistance with marketing and media to promote tourism to the village.

The timing for this project is serendipitous: Hue is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the central coast of Vietnam. In 2012 the Ministry of Tourism in Vietnam is promoting Hue through “National Tourism Year”. Statistics from the Vietnam National Tourism Board show that in 2011 international visitors to Vietnam reached almost six million; international arrivals in 2012 are up over 20%. Given that Hue is among the top five Vietnamese cities visited by foreign and local tourists, we can anticipate that a minimum of 15% of these tourists will visit Hue and Thanh Tien Village, which is located on the Huong River about 5km downstream from Hue and opposite the ancient town of Bao Vinh.

Through Rose Vietnam, a licensed charity in Vietnam, we have established a strong relationship with the elders and the village community and are supporting a number of projects in Thanh Tien. These include a school for blind adults, income generation programmes for the blind, a school for street children and the construction of brick homes for impoverished villagers who are either homeless or living in shacks. Rose Charities believes that a relatively conservative investment in the 400-year-old indigenous craft will lead to an improved quality of life and ultimately prosperity for this entire village.

Thank-You for your interest in our project!

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Social Enterprise Seminar – Vancouver

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.

 

RoseJet powers up Sri Lanka kids education with K2K

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!

Cambodia Medical Elective program upgraded..

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 Madagascar 2012 marked by amazing academic success !

Amazing success for Mahatsara Students in 2012. Amongst
top in region !

 

Who we are
Rose Madagascar is a small, volunteer-run group that is
committed to improving access to education in rural Madagascar. While our Canadian
Board is based in Western Canada, the heart and soul of our work lies in the
hands of our Malagasy partners who work tirelessly to improve the quality of
life in rural Madagascar.
Mahatsara
Rural Education Initiative
Our main project, the
Mahatsara Rural Education Initiative, is located in Tsarahonenana, Madagascar.
The vision for Mahatsara came from a group of community members who saw a need
for education development in their village.
In English, Mahatsara
literally means ‘getting better’, or ‘improving’ and that is exactly what the
project aims to do. Having recognized a deficiency in early childhood
education, environmental awareness, nutrition, and literacy, Rose Madagascar
teamed up with Mahatsara to start a school in their village. The school is the
first project of many in a 10 year plan that will concentrate on improving the
quality of life in rural Madagascar.
Our Objectives
  • To reach out to individuals and
    communities facing adversity.
  • To empower individuals and
    communities to improve their quality of life from within.
  • To provide children and adults
    with access to academic and vocational training to improve the standard of
    living.
  • To encourage sustainable and
    holistic development through programs that consider the environment,
    health, education, and social well-being of communities as fundamental
    principles guiding development.
Mahatsara Projects &
Achievements:
  • Quality Education – In addition to providing access to education to
    children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend school,
    Mahatsara is committed to ensuring that each child receives a quality
    education. 
News from the 2011-2012 school year – Mahatsara students have had an
amazing year of success.  We are very
proud to report that our grade 5 students were ranked amongst the top in the
region this year. The top grade on the National Examination in the Alarobia
region went to one of our students (with six other Mahatsara students scoring
in the top 10). 
In addition, all 27 Mahatsara grade 9 students passed the
difficult National Exam to receive their diplomas (we are still awaiting the
regional results to see where the students rank).
  • Community Garden Project – The school has a series of community garden plots
    that are cultivated by parents, students, and other community members. A
    portion of the harvest from each garden plot is contributed to the
    Mahatsara nutrition program.
  • Nutrition Program – The nutrition program provides lunch to
    students in an effort to ensure that each child receives at least one
    healthy meal per day. Parents volunteer at the program on a daily basis and
    students take turns bringing firewood for cooking from home each day.
  • The Mahatsara Parent’s Association – The Mahatsara Parent’s
    Association is the driving force behind the project and the school. While
    the parents of Mahatsara do not always have the ability to contribute
    financially to their children’s education, they contribute in many other
    resourceful and much needed ways.
  • Community Library – The school has a library with a small
    collection of books and educational resources. Books are very expensive in
    Madagascar
    so virtually all of the books have been donated by international
    volunteers.
  • Sports Programs – The School is engaged in a variety of sports
    teams and programs. In 2011, the Mahatsara basketball team made it to the
    regional finals.
  • Health Education – Throughout the years Mahatsara has organized
    community health education sessions at the request of community members.
    Some of the topics that have been covered include: sex education,
    nutrition training, and training on the hazards of cooking on a fire
    indoors.
  • The Mahatsara Store – The Mahatsara store sells school supplies and
    other small items to community members who can afford them. All proceeds
    are put back into the project.
  • Field Trips – The school has taken students on several field trips
    in the surrounding area. Among the most significant field trips has been a
    trip to the capital of Madagascar,
    Antananarivo
    through which older students at the school had the opportunity to see the
    capital and to tour the University. For most students, this was their
    first trip to Antananarivo

Sight-saving truck for Cambodia: with love from NZ !

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) .

The Rose Cambodia Sight Centre / Eye Clinc has now been operating since 1997, some 15 years (at the time of writing). It has treated well over 100,000 Cambodians the majority of who have been extremely poor, giving them free or low cost blindness preventing treatments or restoring sight mainly through cataract operations.
Many of the techniques for low cost eye surgery have historically been thanks to great New Zealanders such as Ray Avery or Fred Hollows so the centre carries on a  a long and distinguished NZ history
Rose Charities New Zealand’s relationship with the Cambodia Sight Centre was initiated by John Veale (Optometrist Christchurch) in the year 2000 who then introduced Mike Webber and Dr David Sabiston (retired). The three have spent over a decade working with Drs Hang (clinic co founder) and Natalia Vra suppling materials, equipment, and most importantly of all, their considerable expertise to help bring the clinic to the leading eye Centre it is today in Cambodia.
In recent years, outreach programs for village level screening and eye care promotion have played an increasingly important role. Some of the roads to the villages become almost impassable in the wet season so a strong vehicle is needed, both for access and to be able to return patients to the clinic.
The truck is a fantastic gift, so needed: it will be pivotal in the continuation and expansion of delivery of high quality eye care to poor Cambodians.   Thank you Wanganui and other generous donors !