Dear Friends and Partners,

Much has happened with the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital this past week. We have made the transition to the new mission running the hospital as a Covid Hospital for Cambodia. Over the past 12 months, Cambodia has been spared from the pandemic but in the recent month the virus has taken hold of the country in an unrelenting way. The Cambodian government under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, searched for the means to treat the people of Cambodia affected by the virus. In that search, the Prime Minister asked us founders for permission to use Nokor Tep Hospital for the use of a Covid hospital.

For us, as Founders of the hospital, we know that we contributed to the urgent call of the nation to save lives of people affected by the Covid 19 virus. It is a miracle hospital in so very many ways for which I thank my God. The Prime Minister has requested that we sell these facilities to the government so that after the pandemic the hospital will become a public hospital, a hospital to be used by all Cambodians. This has always been our vision, a place of healing, of comfort, of hearing the people of Cambodia.

And the miracle continues, for the Prime Minister and the Government of Cambodia have requested that we, as Founders, do not forget or leave our vision behind for the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. Our new vision is to purchase land and then build a new Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital, complete with equipment for the women of Cambodia. The sale of the hospital is under negotiation for this vision to occur.

Your donations and faith in us have resulted in a public hospital and a speciality hospital for women. An unbelievable gift! We are grateful for the trust and respect shown to us by each of you, our partners. We are grateful for the trust and respect shown to us by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and the government of Cambodia in encouraging us to rebuild the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital.

We have learned much in the building of Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital and we take these lessons with us in the construction and functioning of the new hospital. I thank my God for His mercy and grace through all of this. I ask that you stand with us and rejoice as together we stand with the people of Cambodia. How humbled I am by that gift.

Stay tuned as we will continually update you on the new hospital and your role in standing with us in this honor.

On behalf of my co-founders Phavi and Sieng, we wish each of you to stay safe in this year of the Covid.

Janne

Our Official Statement from Nokor Tep Foundation is Attached

 

Dear friends and partners,

 

Receiving two updates in one week from Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital is a bit of a record. My co-founders received a call from Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen a little over 24 hours ago asking that Nokor Tep Hospital be used as the Covid hospital for Cambodia. There has been a recent community spread of the virus, probably a variant strain as the spread is rapid. The first two deaths of the corona virus occurred in the past day, while no one died of the virus during the past year.

 

This past year, Cambodia has suffered smaller clusters of the virus, always brought in by someone coming from overseas. This past week, it has become community spread as 4 foreigners escaped from a Covid hotel and travelled to markets, restaurants and bars within the city. Despite the lockdown of the city, the virus is spreading at an alarming rate.

 

There are now several hundred people ill with the virus. They are being treated in various hotels and public hospitals throughout the city which is proving to be a difficult situation. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the Cambodian government started searching for an ideal location in which to keep and treat all persons with the virus. In that search they came to Nokor Tep Hospital.

 

The Prime Minister has assigned the task of running the Covid hospital to the military. Dr. Dara, who heads this military mission believed that Nokor Tep was the miracle hospital for it is large enough to accommodate 500 patients and can be easily isolated so that only medical personnel and Covid patients can enter the hospital. Nokor Tep is their miracle.

 

We have made an agreement with the Prime Minister and the Cambodian government to allow them to use Nokor Tep as their main Covid 19 hospital for as long as it is needed. All of our staff may volunteer to work within the military if they so wish to do so. It is volunteer in the sense that the staff choose whether or not to stay. If they stay they will be paid a full salary.

 

The transition has begun as the military bring in the 500 beds and accompanying needs for patients. The military medical team are delighted that operations and deliveries can occur if patients come suffering from an additional issue such as appendicitis or a woman may be pregnant and need to deliver her baby, as the hospital is already equipped to do so. After two weeks of transition, Nokor Tep staff, founders and top-level management may no longer enter the hospital grounds until the epidemic has ceased in order to contain the spread of the virus.

 

Once the epidemic is over, Nokor Tep will be handed back to us co-founders and we will resume normal operations as a hospital and as per our vision. The government and the Prime Minister have assured us that payment will be made for use of the hospital as well as immediately having all staff and founders receiving the very limited Covid vaccination.

 

Our vision to bring hope and care to Cambodians has moved to a higher level in a way none of us could have foreseen. Nokor Tep means the community of compassion to all people, regardless of status.  As Dr. Dara has told us, we have moved to a higher level of compassion, an unbelievable gift to the people of Cambodia.

 

For us as founders and top management of Nokor Tep Hospital our vision over the coming months is to ensure that we are ready to open our doors to everyone, full time when the hospital is handed back to us. In light of this, we will need to continue and increase our fund raising so that we are able to hire and train all who need to be trained for this happening.

 

I encourage all of you to participate in the Virtual Ridethon for Nokor Tep beginning March 15. Do register and join people world-wide for this event. In May a second virtual event will begin. I will send you the information at a later date.

 

I thank my God that Nokor Tep Hospital is now being used to alleviate and help so many who are suffering from the Covid pandemic. I thank my God that our vision of healing is now extended to all Cambodians who are suffering from the virus. I thank all of you who have been a part of this miracle, of this City of Compassion. It can’t get any better.

 

Janne

 Dear friends and partners,

  It is with great pleasure that I write to all of you today. The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected the vast majority of people within Cambodia.  Many have no longer any source of spendable income as the tourism and garment industries have been hit hard. A direct result is that many people are unable to afford health care.

  In direct response to this COVID-19 and health crisis, we, Nokor Tep Hospital have revised our vision to open the hospital to all people; men, women and children with women’s issues remaining our specialty.  Our patients often do not have the funds needed to fully cover their costs, so Nokor Tep has been using our Solidarity Fund (A specific fund to help people with low income) to offset costs that patients cannot afford. This fund is now running low.

 We have done a number of procedures over the past several months, procedures that have alleviated the pain and suffering of a number of patients. We've had breast fibroma surgery, anal fistula removals, breast abscess surgery, partial penectomy (due to cancerous growth), etc. How very thankful we are that we were able to perform these procedures.

Many of the patients were unable to fully pay for these services, so we covered the costs with our Solidarity Fund. I shared this with several friends of mine, Bruce Ford, Doug Perris and Pinaki Ray. Their response to our needs and to the needs of our patients was to come up with a Virtual Mission of Riding Twice Around the World or 100,000 kilometers. This mission will begin on March 15 and end on April 19. 

 

 This Virtual Mission is an international one – one that invites people from all over the world to join in. Because of the winter season and COVID-19 restrictions, a second Virtual event for the Northern Hemisphere will begin in May with a trip through South East Asia.

 My vision is that we raise US$10 per kilometer for the 100,000 kilometers to be covered. It’s a huge vision but this vision will allow us to help a great many Cambodian people receive the health care they deserve. Below is the information:

Ride (Walk, Ski, Skate, Move) for Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in Cambodia

 Rationale:

The funds are to be used for the Solidarity Fund of the hospital. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the economic situation in Cambodia has become severe. The tourism industry is shut down and the garment industry has been reduced by 60% leaving a vast majority of Cambodians without a steady income. Many people can no longer afford health care. A direct result is that we have opened Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital to everyone including men and children. Our Solidarity fund is to enable us to pay for services for people who are unable to pay for themselves. This fund has been used quite extensively these past 6 months. 

 The Goal: 

As a group, we want to collectively cycle, walk, etc. - the circumference of the globe twice, 100,000 km from March 15 until April 19, 2021

 Cost: 

Each participant has to start off their participation by donating US$50

Participants send are asked to send out a one page flyer (to friends / family / colleagues to raise money (whether by cents per km, or just a donation)

Registration: https://www.myvirtualmission.com/missions/95764/around-the-world-twice-100-000kms

Code number: nokortep2021

 Donations: in your country of choice

Cambodia: https://nokor-tep.net/index.php/donate

Australia: https://tabithaaustralia.org.au/donate-now/

Canada: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/tabitha-foundation/campaign/mission-nokor-tep-womens-hospital/

USA: https://give2asia.org/nokortep/

UK: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1015718

Netherlands: https://nokor-tep.net/index.php/news-and-events/88-latest-news/162-netherlands-stichting-toetssteen-nokortep-campaign

Hong Kong: https://www.tabithahk.org/donate-to-programs

 Web Site: https://nokor-tep.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nokor-Tep-Foundation-135096996634488/?ref=hl

 I thank each one of you for your constant support for Nokor Tep Hospital in so very many ways. I thank my God, that we are able to continue despite the many financial struggles the pandemic has surrounded us with. I thank my God for people like Bruce, Doug and Pinaki for their willingness to come up with a new and innovative way for standing with us. I thank my God for people like Cristin DeSilva for making it possible for our partners in the USA to donate and receive taxable donations. It is so very good.

 

Janne 

 

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