October 2020

 October 2020

 Dear friends and supporters,

 In the western countries of North America, October through December are months of thanksgiving – months when we look at our blessings and give thanks. This month I give special thanks for the developments at the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. With the onset of the Covid virus, Cambodia, like all nations, went through a trying time. The impact on the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital was dramatic as the pandemic took hold of the people. Very few patients were willing to take a risk of going to a hospital. Initially, our response was also dramatic – we closed the laboratory, put our staff on half pay and took measures to protect the financial viability through a very trying three months.

 Those fearful months are past and we are moving forward. I am extremely thankful to the staff for standing with us - so very grateful that everyone is back on full pay. I am extremely thankful to the hospital management team for bearing through the tough time and re-opening the laboratory. I am extremely thankful for my co-founders, Phavi and Sieng for finding a kind benefactor to secure the immediate financial needs of the hospital.

 What does all this mean? It is with much pleasure and humbleness that I am able to share with each of you the opening of the maternity, surgical and ICU components – components that will enable Nokor Tep Hospital to be open 24/7. This will begin before the end of November.

 We have hired the necessary staff for this work to happen – from obstetricians, gynecologist, surgeons, anesthesiologist, nurses and support staff – sufficient to enable us to do our work fully.

Our units are almost fully outfitted – delivery, surgical and ICU units. The proper oxygen and gas lines are operational; ensuring clean, purified areas for specialized work. We have received the gift of an ambulance – a gift that will enable us to move our patients safely – a gift that will enable us to do outreach to villages in far flung areas. We have received and continue to receive life giving equipment from our Australian supporters – gifts that enable us to function well.

 We are so thankful to each of you who have made this possible through your financial, emotional, practical and spiritual support. None of this would have happened without you.

 

 The patients have returned and the numbers are growing. A partner organization called SHE have recently sponsored 100 poor women from outlying villages to come and be diagnosed and treated. How good is that! 

 

 We are aware that to grow and become fully sustainable, to do our vision of reaching out to all women, we still need your help. In this season of thanksgiving we would ask you to stand with us in the following ways:

 

 For those of you who would like to stand with us on an annual basis become an Executive Supporter:

It is the time of thanksgiving – a time when I thank my God for my fellow founders; for the hospital management staff; for each of you who have made this all possible. How good is that:

 Janne Ritskes

 

To make donations: Please specify Nokor Tep Hospital and which gift you have chosen

 CanadaThe link for Canada is  https://tabitha.ca/donate-now/

 UK – The Link for the UK: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/tabitha-cambodia

 Australia – The Link for Australia: https://tabithaaustralia.org.au/donate-now/

 USA – Currently Tabitha USA is unable to receive donations for Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. We are looking for volunteers to assist us to set up a separate charity for the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. If you are interested please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the meantime, for all Americans who would like to donate – please donate through Canada 

 

 

 

September 2020

Dear friends and partners,

 

Good morning to each of you. As life continues to be challenging during this Covid pandemic – Tabitha Canada Foundation decided to help out Tabitha Cambodia with a special fundraiser – it’s a Virtual Mission from Canada to Cambodia. How good this is!

Life in Cambodia is harsh as more than 60% have lost their jobs – there is no government social support to help our families. Tabitha Cambodia continues with savings, wells and schools – hoping that our other programs of house building and cottage industry will return in the year 2021.

Tabitha Canada has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 which will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor so the new goal is $20,000.00 – goal to walk is 13659 km of which over 1000 km have been achieved.

I personally have set a goal to raise $100,000 internationally by asking each of you to join us in this mission. I would like to see us walk to Cambodia and back. Tabitha Cambodia hearing of this mission decided to sign up – 40 of the staff, family and friends have begun the process. For many of you who have come – you know Heng, Apo, Thary, Sina and so many of our staff. How very good this is!

In order to facilitate the process for each of you – I ask that you make an initial donation through Tabitha Canada – see instructions below – after that please send donations through your local foundations. Come and Join us!

I thank my God for Tabitha Canada and their unfailing support – I thank my God for each of our foundations – people who volunteer their time and effort on behalf of the people in Cambodia. I thank my God for all our staff in Cambodia – their willingness to work hard and unfailingly doing this difficult time. I thank my God for each of you who have stood with us and continue to stand with us. How good that is!!

Janne Ritskes

 

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Tabitha Australia:                 https://tabithaaustralia.org.au/

Tabitha USA:                        https://www.tabithausa.org/

Tabitha Singapore:               http://www.tabithasingapore.com/

 Tabitha UK:                         https://www.tabitha-cambodia.org.uk/

 

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