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June 2017

Dear friends and partners,

It has been awhile since I have written. It is unbelievable how fast life seems to be passing by especially since we anticipate the completion of the hospital structure by December of this year. This opens up the pathways for our new steps of outfitting the hospital with equipment; finding partners who will enable us to train and equip Cambodia medical staff reach to new heights; of talking with other partners about supplying pharmaceuticals; of deciding what colors we should use to welcome our women.

We have so many visitors come and hear and see – one woman asked me last week, why Janne, why. Why all this work and worry and heartache and hope. For me it is all so simple – my Cambodian sisters are hurting – hurting so badly that it is painful to meet with them – empty handed and bereft. In one village of 260 families we have 15 women in various end stages of losing their lives to diseases for which I am helpless to change yet I myself have so many options. Sokleang is a very sad story of losing her  battle – a picture hard to see yet she is the one living with this ravaging disease – I listen to Sarouen as she talks of her horrific pain involved with uterine cancer – 15 women in one village – 15 women I walk away from – 15 women who believe that somehow, someway they must be inherently bad for this to happen to them. It does not matter what village we go to, the story is the same – I can do no else than build Nokor Tep and fill it with compassion and mercy for those who have none.

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So many of you are helping to make this happen. I can only name a few but they are surrounded by others who help them – a chain of humanity from around the world reaching out to Sokleang and so many like her. Equipment lists are being formed with the help of Philips HealthCare and being filled by many people – people like International Hope and Angkor Gold, from Canada, Cathy, Moira and others from Australia, Dave, Mary and Erika from the USA just to name a few.

A number of astounding medical professionals such as Anita from Australia, and Archibald from the USA – each representing so many others – professionals skilled in women’s health issues – professionals who are willing to give of themselves to bring succor and hope to so many women here.

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Pharmaceuticals are being donated and collected by people such as Wilma and Chris in Canada, Dave, Mary and Erika in the USA, Jeff and Eleanor in the UK – unbelievable efforts and gifts of time and energy just so that women like Sokleang may have comfort and hope..

How do I name all of you who have raised so many funds for us – money needed to build and equip this center of light and hope. People like Sam, Bruce and Micheal and so many more for the Ride For Nokor Tep – a thousand painful miles of bike riding through Cambodia for women like Sokleang. People like  Casey, Ed, Frank and Stien, and so many others around the world painting their nails so that women here may have a chance – how do I tell of people like Margret and Russell, Clydette and Charles, Leo and Veronica who in their great mercy gave so much and made it possible to achieve so much more.

How do I say thank you to my fellow Cambodians – my Tabitha staff like Joyce, Heng and Srie who are tireless in their efforts to make this happen; People like Para and Sophon for their endless hours of support; or people Like Mealy and Siphana for giving all of us the opportunity to share the news with so many Cambodians who had not yet heard. How do I thank the poorest of the poor who with their pennies who have donated more than $400,000.00 USD over the past 4 years.

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How do I say thank you to another Sokleang who got up from her deathbed three years ago to go from one house to another in her impoverished village collecting a few pennies from each home – telling each donor that she herself would not live long enough to benefit from Nokor Tep but she believed that her daughters would benefit.

No, Nokor Tep is not a burden for me – it is journey – a journey of touching the lives of so very many - - many who are ill and waiting. How do I tell others of my co-founders Phavi and Sieng – of our amazing journey of hope and desire – of our own changes in recognition of the grace each of you have brought to our lives. How do I explain each of you to others – your faithfulness, your faith in us – but – most importantly your compassion for our sisters here in Cambodia.

I am listening to a special song as I write – it’s a song from Hillsong called Broken Vessels – the line that touches me most is the line Amazing Grace – that is what we are all about – what you are all about – I praise my God for that gift – it cannot get any better!

Janne

PS: we are in process of redoing our web site – it will tell of our needs and our progress as all of us together move ever closer to the reality of a center of light for our women. Keep watching – it should be up within a few weeks.

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March 30, 2017

Dear friends and partners,

This morning I want to remind all of you about the upcoming – NAILS for NOKOR TEP campaign-   to be held this April and May. I need all of you to help us by doing your fingernails in the coming month - Sharon from Australia thought it very unfair that I only targeted men and she was right – this campaign is for 1 million people to donate $10 – how – for men by having your nails painted and people sponsoring you per nail – women – perhaps you can have a Nail party whereby you discuss what it would be like to have no treatment if you were diagnosed with cancer.

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All of us know of someone who has been affected by cancer - - all of us discuss the treatments and opportunities available. YET - for Cambodian women – these options are not available – what would that be like – to know you have cancer – and to know there are no options!!

 The money raised will be to buy the equipment needed to diagnose and treat the women here. How good would that be!! Equipment such as MRI, Cat Scan, Linear Accelerator, Mammograms and ultrasounds – etc.

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I ask that you help us to achieve this miracle by having your own event and encouraging others to have theirs – take a video, challenge other people through social media and soon the opportunities for Cambodian women with cancer will happen.

Let me share a few events that will happen:

Each first grader will have the goal of earning $10 and I'll encourage families to pass on the challenge of donating $10 or more to Nokor Tep to 10 other families. Mike Ferguson

 Ok....my wheels are turning.......in the next day or two....I will start the campaign......

 Trying to figure out which guy I want to start with.....:) I hope I can make this go viral!!!!

Karen Wolverton – CEO – LUSH N/A

I will join the campaign and I will contact all the men who I know have been housebuilding on the UWCSA Family trip to join me. Sue has agreed to be the nail painting specialist! Dave Shepherd

As for this event- what a wonderful idea! I'm actually in the army now, so it's a little harder from here. But i promise to figure out a way to contribute to this, whether it's with my fellow soldiers on base, or anyone else who is willing.  – Romi

My plan with the nail painting is to contact all my team members who have joined me on the trips and to post it on face book the beginning of April. Hopefully lots of people will want to see me look like a fool. I also will see if I can get people to donate extra if I keep the polish on for one month. Casey

These are just a few responses to many I have received – for us here in Cambodia – on April 6th – all Tabitha managers will get their nails done at the hospital – as Heng says – I don’t mind looking foolish for the sake of my wife and daughter.

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April is the month of reminding us of the gift of life – Khmer New Years and Easter – of renewing and being thankful for our own lives – how good that is! I thank my God that this April it will be our opportunity to give life to so many women in Cambodia – how good that will be!!!

 Janne

 Donations: https://www.nokor-tep.net/index.php/donations

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February 7, 2017

Dear friends and partners,

I trust that the first month of 2017 was a good one. For the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital it was a month of unbelievable blessings – we had several donors come forth and make the completion of the hospital structure look possible.  From the Ellwanger Family we received $720,000 USD, from the Howman Family $500,000 USD and from a young musician - FLUME – aka Harley Streten  - an amazing $100,000 USD.

What do these gifts mean – it means that we can finish the vast majority of work needed to complete the structure of the building itself. The beginning of 2017 is truly a miracle and will end with a soft opening towards the end of 2017. How good is that!!!

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Now we must begin the process of outfitting the hospital with equipment – equipment that is essential for diagnosing and treating the women who are suffering from gynecological and women’s cancers.  We need an MRI, 2 Cat Scans , 3 X-ray machines, a linear accelerator and a Brachy machine. We need 2 large ultrasounds and 20 smaller ultrasounds as well as 40 dinamaps for vital signs. We need 150 beds and 4 complete operating theaters. We need equipment such as several autoclaves and industrial washing machines. We need computers and IT software, shelving units and furniture such as desks and chairs. We need 5 elevators, a large back-up generator and suitable cooling machine for air-conditioning. And the list goes on!

It sounds impossible but it isn’t – you see – I BELIEVE in MIRACLES. What you and us at Nokor Tep have achieved to date is a miracle – a miracle that will transform the lives of millions of Cambodians. In April, I turn 69 years of age – for those in their 80s - I am young – for those in their 20s - I am old. I have already lived 20 years longer than many of my fellow Cambodia sisters – you see I had breast cancer and I had treatment – many here had breast cancer but there was no treatment.

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My daughter Miriam asks me what I want for my birthday – my answer is simple – I would like a Million people to donate $10 so that when I turn 70 - I can hold the hand of a woman who would have died too young and in great shame – and tell her, I believed in miracles and you my sister, have life because of that miracle – simply because all of you not only helped but you encouraged others to help.

I thank my God each day for the life He has granted to me – I thank my God each day for each of you – you are all part of the miracle of giving life to women here in Cambodia. How good that is!!

Janne

 

 

December 6, 2016

Dear friends and partners,

On the way to work this morning I heard the sentiment of Peace on Earth expressed on the radio. Peace, a sense of well being, of contentment – something longed for by so many all over the world but an elusive desire.

Here in Cambodia many of our women do not live with peace – they live with shame and pain - shame because their personal body parts have developed diseases that leave them tired and sore – for many it leaves to long drawn out process of dying – of leaving behind loved ones – of leaving a not quite finished life.  Please take a moment and see the video:

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Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital is in process of bringing some sense of peace for the women here. Peace is not an easy value to achieve – it requires time and courage - it requires faith and commitment – it requires understanding that peace must encompass all – not just oneself. Our vision is an enormous one – one that will affect millions of women here and perhaps millions in other counties as we become a model for others to follow. Our vision requires time – time to build and outfit – time to employ and train – time for millions to pass through our doors over the next millennium.

This holiday season I thank my God for each of you – for your faith in Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital – for your stance to bring peace for the women here. Christmas is about anticipation and hope – you and I together, bring anticipation and hope for the many women here. I thank my God that this is so.

We have a campaign this season – a campaign to bring this vision so much closer. It is about forgoing one present this year and donating that amount to complete the structure of Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. To donate please click on https://nokor-tep.net/index.php/donations

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From all of us here at Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital we wish all of you PEACE this holiday season.

Janne

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October 11, 2016

Dear friends and partners,

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer awareness month? You and I live with so many blessings – so many choices – and we have these blessings because people before us fought for these privileges (rights-as some would say). Today I want to ask each of you to claim this privilege and get a mammogram done – or get your spouse, mother, auntie, and daughter to get it done. You see, the thing about breast cancer is this – the earlier we detect – the greater the chances of survival. People before us and our close ones now, believe that each of us is beautiful and precious – worthy of making this choice.

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This is rather funny but message is serious

I live in a country where that choice is not available to the ordinary woman of Cambodia. Like us, they also worry about their health issues- the most personal ones such as breast cancer are causes of great shame- the thought is that the woman must be bad – somehow she deserves this affliction. This is no truer than it is for any of us. I am making a personal plea that you love yourself enough to have a mammogram and that you may love a woman here enough to make her chances of a mammogram possible by donating to our women’s hospital Nokor Tep. Today, you and I have the opportunity to be pioneers for the millions of women in Cambodia.

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 This is what unchecked breast cancer looks like.

So what is our progress at the hospital– well we have finished pouring our fifth floor – the floor that was to be our roof. Phavi, Sieng and I have had some discussions about this – some hard discussions. The talks revolve about the future – if we have 5 floors we will have the space for growth over the next 10 years but if the 5th floor becomes a roof – then we probably need to add to the building in 4 years time – at great expense and to the detriment of our patients. We made a decision on building a roof pver the 5th floor but our decision is dependent on donations coming in – enough not just for the roof but finishing the inside of the building.  A bold vision – a vision we will hold on to for two more months to see if the funds will come in – otherwise the 5th floor will be our roof.

We have an end goal in mind – we would like to have a soft opening of Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in March of 2017. Again this is completely dependent on funds coming in but we have great faith that these will come.

The past two months our medical advisors and us have met every Wednesday night for three hours – laying out the patient flow and spaces within the hospital. I am so proud of our vision – a safe haven for women where they will be treated with dignity and respect.

We are developing an equipment list –I can tell you that there is now available equipment that would make diagnosis and treatment efficient and effective while maintaining the dignity of women – personally - I get so excited about what we will be able to do – that sometimes I feel I can’t wait another day. It’s like waiting for a Christmas present – faith in getting one – but patience in having to wait until the right time.  ( This list will be available on our web site by end of October)

So I thought we should have a Christmas/Holiday Season Campaign – it’s about asking each of you to donate the value of one gift that you will buy this season and donate it to Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. On our web site we have Christmas Trees that are dark – with each donation let us know and we will light up your tree. I ask that you have fun with this – perhaps a dinner party where you share our story and ask each person to donate whatever they would like – OR- a beach or ski party with the theme being the same – then we will put your group name under the tree you have lit up.  1000 trees is our goal.

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I thank my God for the Grace He surrounds me with – I am a breast cancer survivor because of the privilege of treatment - - I praise my God that each of you have the same choice – I plead with my God that this same privilege will become a reality for the women of Cambodia. How good that would be!

Janne

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