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…
|Amazing success for Mahatsara Students in 2012. Amongst
top in region !
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.
Rural Education Initiative
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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).
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
so virtually all of the books have been donated by international
- Sports Programs – The School is engaged in a variety of sports
teams and programs. In 2011, the Mahatsara basketball team made it to the
- 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
- 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,
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.
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..