Saving life Saving Health  to leg broken woman

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On September 1,2014 I took the leg broken woman who named Mrs. Mao go to Siem reap hospital for operation , She was smile , happy while tearing – eyes down and may dream that after leg operation, she can walk happily , has time for care her sons. 

With be shocked today after doctors said to us that they will take her leg off, but I think that if  take it off ,what will happen to her life , who will care her after take it off .

This news is breaking my heart , how can I help her ?

She has no home , no rice for eating ,her husband is gone away while her unhealthy condition came up to her, she is nothing in her life, she needs to care her sons by herself.

I can’t imagine to her while she was taken it off and walked to me by sad face , I think that it is my mistake if doctors take it leg off, and it is not my willingness and her ,too.  

Please pray to her of good life

With be Metta (love) to all of you

If you would love to save her life ,please contact to me

contact .

Ven.Sothea Yon, Tel: + 85516401645

1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

NAME ON ACCOUNT: Mr.YON SOTHEA

NUMBER:0200000068933

SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP 

email:svakhumtocam@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/sothea.yon

https://mcuubu.wordpress.com/ (English)

http://svakhum.wordpress.com/ (Khmer)

Broken leg woman with the misfortune life

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Here is broken leg woman named Korn Mao , is 27 years old and has 2 sons, her husband went out while her unhealthy condition come up to her. She has no home and living with another family.

Her broken leg is in a fallen 3 years ago while she walked ,because of she doesn’t have the money to fix it just it caused in this symbol , we think that her ankle ‘s bone is separated or cracked down, it is seemly like a tumor.

 Please , I need from loving kindness to join in fundraising up to operation her broken leg, I think that its cost is at least $ 500.

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Saving Life Saving Health.

Contact to

Ven.Sothea Yon

Tel: + 85516401645

1. Western Union in name of Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC.

NAME ON ACCOUNT: Mr.YON SOTHEA 

NUMBER:0200000068933

SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP 

email:svakhumtocam@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/sothea.yon

https://mcuubu.wordpress.com/ (English)

http://svakhum.wordpress.com/ (Khmer)

 

Lotus House Angkor

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Lotus House Angkor in Khmer មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលបណ្ដុះបណ្ដាលវិជ្ជាជីវៈផ្កាឈូក is the vocational center which built by Ven. Sothea Yon, Director Executive of Regional Development Action Association (http://rdacambodia.org/) with coordinator ,family of Morrell ,Jeff Morrell and Carol Morrell, it was built in 2015.

Its location is at Pheakspea village, Sanguey Commune, Chikreng district ,Siem Reap, Cambodia. Its goals are
1. Vocational training center
2. English learning center
3. Elderly center
4. Communities exchange information

More info :
http://rdacambodia.org/
http://www.buildingcommunitycambodia.org/
email: sesimereap@gmail.com
Phone :+85593948478
FB: https://www.facebook.com/sothea.yon

https://www.facebook.com/carol.morrell.7?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/jeffmorrell55?fref=ts

Lotus House at Angkor Wat of Cambodia

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What is a Healthy Community?
A healthy community relies on a balance of economic, social, human and environmental factors to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of people who live and work in the community….
Lotus House will enable people living in the community to have a purposeful life with possibilities that they could only have dreamed about.
OUR SEWING PROJECT will be a platform for anyone interested in undertaking a career in textiles
OUR ELDERLY SUPPORT PROJECT will give the elderly a healthy purposeful life, lived with dignity and the respect they deserve.
OUR VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROJECT will enable the youth and other members of the community to pursue a career.
OUR MICRO LOAN PROJECT will enable the youth and other members of the community to stay working and living in their village….
To be a part of this project, either physically or supportive please go to www.gofundme.com/lotushouse
directly contact to
+85516401645
or you can transfer money by this way
1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
NAME ON ACCOUNT: REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION
NUMBER:0200000087989
SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP
More Info: email:sesimereap@gmail.com
http://rdacambodia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/rdateamsr
https://mcuubu.wordpress.com/

The Problem of Schooling students in Cambodia

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Every years, schooling students of Cambodian at countryside are school off under some reasons as domestic violence, statue of family is poor, no money for fee of school, to be assistant of their parents in working etc.

In this case, Sopheak is schooling boy at Phum Pheakspeak, Sangvey commune, Chikreng district, Siem Reap of Cambodia he school off because of no bike and to be assistant of his parents ‘ work.

While we visited him, he was cooking and we needed him go back school but useless even though we explained him and his parents to understand about of essential education. We try to help him in other ways as we can. We provide his sister for schooling as material studies, uniform, bike and others.

So, if you would love to support our program please click on www.gofundme.com/lotushouse
or contact by phone number
+85516401645
or you can transfer money by this way
1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
NAME ON ACCOUNT: REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION
NUMBER:0200000087989
SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP
More Info: email:sesimereap@gmail.com
http://rdacambodia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/rdateamsr
https://mcuubu.wordpress.com/
or to Carol Morrell , Coordinator Project

Lotus House : Elderly and Vocational Training Center in Cambodia

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A centre for: HEALTH, EDUCATION & TRAINING
We are building a much needed Centre for Health, Education & Training in Rural Siem Reap, to facilitate the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in Cambodia*****

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF $15,000
WE WILL: Create a beautiful safe space for the community to work together, learn together & create together.

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WE AIM: To support people in the community with basic human rights, to care for the elderly and provide comfort for the most vulnerable.
WE PLAN TO: Provide Training to develop NEW skills,with a focus on Creative pursuits and environmental harvest.WE wish to inject a micro loan system for the village Elders & Youth to start new businesses to support themselves financially aiming to decrease poverty whilst bringing families together through generational education.

This initiative was born out of witnessing the needs of impoverished people living in rural Siem Reap. The people living in these areas seem to be left on their own to “get on with life”. They have NO government assistance coming into their villages, which means, NO medical assistance & NO training programs for the youth leaving school.

The youth have little or no future if they stay living in their village and this is why most leave their homes, their parents, their grandparents to seek work in the cities of Cambodia.

If we help the youth gain workforce training for their own small business,our hopes are for the villages to gain a stronger foundation for prosperity and growth.

By building LOTUS HOUSE & other care centres, rural areas have a better chance of survival, a better chance of independence & a stronger foundation for empowerment.

Thank you to Dr Yon for his gesture of land for us to be able to help Sothea Yon with the care and development of his Village in Rural Siem Reap.

To find out how YOU can HELP US BUILD LOTUS HOUSE..OR To Help us with FUNDRAISING..WE would love to hear from you and would be grateful for your support. With many blessings ..The TEAM at Lotus House.

FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT Please visit our GO FUND ME PAGEwww.gofundme.com/lotushouse

Fundraising to Build the Elderly and Vocational Center in Cambodia

by

Carol & Jeff Morrell, Queensland, Australia

Together with

RDA (REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION ASSOCIATION) Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ph 0488214488 or 0754399907

Email: mscarol@live.com.au

Website: www.rdacambodia.org

FB: www.facebook.com/rdateamsr?fref=ts

PROPOSAL FOR FUNDING

COMMUNITY CENTRE for Elderly and Youth support

 Opheakspea, Sangvey Commune, Chikreng district, Siem Reap of Cambodia

I have been working with Venerable Sothea Yon since 2013 shortly before the conception of his NGO, Regional Development Action Association. It has now been registered with the Ministry of the Interior since September 17th 2013.

The main objective for this NGO is to see development in the rural areas of Siem Reap, with the focus on education of the children, support of the elderly and building a strong sense of community. The list of objectives can be found on our websitewww.rdacambodia.org

In January 2016 our hope is to build a community centre to accommodate the needs of the elderly, the youth and the community in general.

This initiative was born out of witnessing the needs of impoverished people living in rural Siem Reap. The people living in these areas seem to be left on their own to “get on with life”. They have NO government assistance coming into their villages, which means, no medical assistance, or training programs for the youth leaving school. The youth have little or no future if they stay living in their village and this is why most leave their homes, their parents, grandparents to seek work in the cities of Cambodia. It’s sad to say that in a lot of these cases they never return and in these circumstances a whole new set of problems emerge.

As the parents and grandparents age they are left alone and without assistance, they go hungry and without the basic things they need to sustain a healthy life. They suffer illnesses that are left untreated due to lack of income, and ultimately lose their life.

Our aim is to work within the community to offer the kids coming out of school a trade to support themselves and their families, the importance of keeping the kids in the rural areas cannot be emphasised enough as they are the hope for the future, they are paramount in the rebuilding of their communities and their nation.

RDA  (Regional Development Action Association) have a “Green Farming” project that has been implemented in the local school of this community. The high school children are being shown ways to grow their own fruit and vegetables to sell and sustain a living from. We have planted 50 lemon and lime trees recently and will start the vegetable garden as soon as funds permit. We also will be offering “Micro Loans” to students to start their own business such as pig farming and fish farming. This initiative is to keep the youth living and working in their own village.

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The community centre will also provide vocational training for students who want to pursue a career in other areas such as sewing, art and other career paths.

We will also be working with the elderly to bring them out of poverty and give them back their dignity and their place within the community. We will be working with their strengths, which may be art, sewing, woodwork etc. The aim here is to give them a purpose to get up every day, bring excitement into their lives and most of all pride! Their products will be sold in the city through selected outlets and will also be brought back to Australia for sale. We hope to create a lively community coming together with one common goal, “to live in a thriving, functioning, self-sustaining community”. The elderly can also pass on their culture and craft to the emerging future leaders.

health trainingDr Yon, who lives in this village has donated a portion of his land for the building of this centre. One of our biggest problems initially was securing land, so his donation has helped us to move forward with our plans.

MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC

Dr Yon is the only contact the people of the village have for medical treatment. He is only able to do this through donations from outsiders. The need for this service to continue is really a matter of life or death. Below is an excerpt from our website (rdacambodia.org )

The clinic should ideally be run every month but due to lack of funds we have been unable to do this.

Lack of adequate water, sanitation, education, transportation, and communication have caused huge problems in the development of the health system. The most common diseases in Cambodia today are related to problems with water and sanitation.

Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries.

Without them    humanity cannot survive.
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Today, extreme poverty in Cambodia caused by diseases and under-developed health care is the biggest challenge the nation has to face. At the end of the Khmer Rouge regime, there were roughly 50 doctors left in the country for 14 million people.
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Lack of access to basic healthcare is a major issue for people living in rural communities. At least 16,000 children under the age of 5 die each year in Cambodia, many of which could be preventable with improved access to healthcare.

The mobile medical clinic offers free treatment each month to people in remote villages. It is almost impossible for these people to access lifesaving treatment due to poverty and the distance from medical treatment. We also provide free transport to hospital for patients who have a life threatening illness, and also cover the cost of food, water, surgery and medications during the hospital stay.

As you can see the need for development within these communities is necessary and urgent action should be taken to ensure the future survival of a beautiful culture.

We are currently seeking support for:

THE COMMUNITY CENTRE

THE GREEN FARMING PROJECT

MOBILE MEDICAL CLINC

MICRO LOANS

And general support of the NGO

Thank you for taking the time to read my proposal

With kind regards

Carol Morrell

Co-ordinator for project development RDA

So, we would love to invite all of you to join in this building. Please contact us by phone number
+85516401645
or you can transfer money by this way
1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
NAME ON ACCOUNT: REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION
NUMBER:0200000087989
SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP

More Info: email:sesimereap@gmail.com
http://rdacambodia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/rdateamsr
https://mcuubu.wordpress.com/

Elderly and Vocational Training Center in Cambodia

What is Community housing ?

Ø A community house is a house that is set amongst other houses in a community. It does however have a few differences in that it houses more than one person and supplies the people who in this case are elderly, frail or disabled, with support to maintain or improve their independence, allow them to participate in their community and reduce their risk of becoming isolated, injured and forgotten.

Ø A community house is a purpose built house that may have 3 or more bedrooms and a common living area. A trained carer is assigned to providing personal, emotional and social support to the residents living there. It is individualized care and takes into consideration the needs of each person.

Ø A community house also provides security to the elderly who may otherwise be living alone and in isolation. All their needs to support daily living are provided, food, personal care and socialization.

*** This center will be built on January 2016 at Opeakspea village, Sangvey commune, Chikreng district, Siem Reap of Cambodia.

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Why is this project needed ?

A good portion of older people in Cambodia are living in poverty and hardship. The declining physical health of older people means declining income and quality of life. A number of older people lost their children during two decades of war and therefore have no one to support them as they grow older. Many surviving children are too poor to support themselves, to be able to give adequate support to their parents.

       Little attention has been given to the situation of Cambodia’s older people. They are generally looked upon as being helpless and unproductive members of Cambodian society. At the moment, older people cannot rely on any form of state support. Government agencies responsible for providing basic services and protection to the elderly lack the necessary manpower, facilities and resources to effectively respond to the needs of older people.

RDA ‘s care and service

RDA’s care and service delivery is based on the simple principle that all people have the same basic human rights. They have the right to live and participate within their community.

           Community housing for the elderly, frail and disabled allows them to continue to be a member of their community while obtaining care that is required for daily living and socialization

       We believe this will be a very successful project and an answer to the elderly care crisis we see happening in Cambodia. Apart from providing a critical service for the elderly in Cambodia, this project will also provide a model for future community housing. Local training and employment will also be created through this initiative.

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Community House

The community house will become the residents home, they will have a private bedroom but will share the living areas with other residents.

It is non-restrictive, meaning that, the resident will be able to retain the independence they had prior to entering the house, with the exception being that they will be offered assistance with tasks they now find difficult. Their living situation will improve with a balanced diet, better conditions and socialization if they so desire, and security.

The need for supported housing refers to a person/persons who are unable to live in the community without support, this includes:

  • Elderly and living in isolation
  • Homeless or at risk of being homeless
  • Frail and unable to access support
  • Disabled and unable to access support

What are the benefits of Community Housing?

  • Improved health
  • Improved living conditions
  • Security and stability

Sense of belonging and contributing to the community through      community involvement

Personal Care

Personal care is attending to a person’s needs, this can include helping the resident out of bed, toileting, bathing, and dressing, it’s different for each person. Some people need a little bit of help, others rely on help to provide them with full care for all their personal needs. Other aspects to personal care include, providing social support, giving emotional support when needed, taking them for a walk outside and even helping them with daily activities.

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Domestic Help

Domestic help supports the residents with practical tasks such as general housework, meal preparation and shopping. It also includes tasks like keeping the house clean and tidy, and washing clothes.

If the resident is capable of performing these tasks encouragement is always given to continue doing as much as possible without assistance. We must remember that the resident should maintain as much independence as possible as this is beneficial to their overall well-being

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Meals

A healthy well balanced diet is important for the elderly, healthy eating gives increased mental awareness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, and better management of chronic health problems. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.

Assistance is given to the residents to help them prepare their meals, it’s important to include the resident in the preparation, if possible, as they will have more control over what they are eating and is also a social event. Some residents require full meal preparation undertaken by the ACW.

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HYGIENE PRACTICES

Good hygiene practices are very important in a shared house situation especially when a resident may have a cold or other contagious disease. By taking care good care of your hands you can help protect yourself and help protect others from cross contamination

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How is this assistance delivered ?

Good hygiene practices are very important in a shared house situation especially when a resident may have a cold or other contagious disease. By taking care good care of your hands you can help protect yourself and help protect others from cross contamination.

Definition

  • Care Assessor
  • Care assessors are responsible for community based activities including assessing the residents needs, developing a Care Plan, monitoring the standards of the ACW, liaising with the community, and facilitating training for the ACW.
  • Attendant Care
  • Attendant care refers to any support services delivered to a person’s home or in their community to assist them to remain living in the community. It targets people who are elderly, frail or disabled. Attendant care aims to maintain or improve a person’s independence, allow them to participate in their community and reduce their risk of injury. This is achieved by providing assistance based on each person’s individual needs.
  • Attendant Care Worker (ACW)
  • A worker who assists people who are elderly, frail or disabled to perform tasks of daily living, including bathing, dressing, preparing meals so as to enable them to participate in social, and community activities in the home or in the community.
  • Care Plan
  • A Care Plan is a document developed to outline requested care, tasks and duties required to meet the care and service needed by the user (elderly, frail/disabled). The Care Plan guides and directs the ACW in their day-to-day delivery of their duties.

Training

RDA’s community housing is about enabling the elderly/frail and disabled to live comfortably in a homely environment with the assistance of an attendant care worker (ACW). Although the community house is a relaxed atmosphere the ACW will be required to attend training sessions prior to and during their employment, and also attend meetings as requested. Nursing skills are not required as this is not a medical setting. The care worker is only there to offer assistance.

  • Personal requirements of an ACW
  • patience, flexibility and understanding
  • supportive caring nature
  • able to accept responsibility
  • good communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to perform domestic duties efficiently
  • Duties of an Attendant Care worker are to:
  • Provide support with daily living tasks such as washing, dressing and eating, while encouraging the resident to do all that they are able to do unassisted.
  • Assist in the delivery of daily activities to enhance physical, social and emotional development
  • Provide companionship
  • Cook and serve meals, clean premises, wash and perform other household tasks
  • Identify where assistance is needed
  • Communicate in an effective friendly manner with the residents and other ACW’s they are working with.
  • Offering manual assistance to the resident such as: standing, sitting and walking

Home and Community Care (HACC) 

What is HACC?

HACC is a basic home help program for elderly/ frail or disabled people who

mostly – but not completely – are able to cope on their own, and don’t need

higher levels of care at home.

HACC can provide a range of basic services to support someone who has

difficulty with everyday tasks and needs support to continue to live

independently in their community.

HACC services provided at home may include:

  • domestic help – household jobs like cleaning, washing, shopping and help preparing meals
  • personal care – help with bathing, dressing etc
  • social support – community involvement

How does it work ?

A member of the HACC team will assess the person requiring assistance and will act on

the information given. A care plan is then put together containing information about the

care that is required for the service user.

A carer is then given the information and then will commence visits. The time these visits

occur depends on the requirements of the service user, this might be only for 1 hour per

day, or even weekly or just a courtesy visit.

HOW IS THIS FUNDED?

The HACC service is a community initiative

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means that women living in the same community will be involved in the care of the

service user living within their community.

Incentives will be given to those who are accepted into this program by offering a monthly stipend and a sponsored micro businesses. For example if 4 women are working in the HACC program a sewing machine (or whatever business they decide on) will be offered to enable them

to start a business. As their business grows they will drop out of the HACC program and

new women will take their place, and so on. Eventually, more women will become

entrepreneurs and create better living conditions for their families.

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We would love invite all of you to join with us by your donation

Please contact to Carol Morrell , Sothea Yon

+85516401645
or you can transfer money by this way
1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
NAME ON ACCOUNT: REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION
NUMBER:0200000087989
SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP

More Info: email:sesimereap@gmail.com
http://rdacambodia.org/
https://www.facebook.com/rdateamsr
https://mcuubu.wordpress.com/

or to Carol Morrell, Coordinator Project

Storming life of 2 girls

Halo Brother , my mother is died now . How can I do ?

Bopha called to me with screaming and crying  at 4:11 am of Monday ,June 1,2015.

I heard her screaming that “mother ,you are gone , how can I live ,whom do I live with? Mother please take me go with you etc.

I was shocked when heard that , and condolence to her that “Bopha, you did well to your mother, you are good daughter that I know , you served her well, calm down , just few minutes I will be reached there, I m always beside you.

How life is !

At funeral ceremony , what I can do is looking to the body of Bopha ‘s mother and her young sister by speechless and knew that they were so much sad and sorrow , they needed someone to beside them , cared them as their mother did. If you , how feel you are ?

May I inform to you that mother of Bopha was breast cancer for 3 years, she had no home , no job , she lived with hopeless and unhappy. I and family of Carol Morrell tried to serve her for long life , we did the best but life is change ,unstoppable, it is not  belong to me and yours.

Now , we think about the future life of these 2 girls, how can they live , how can we help them?

They stay at Phum Opheakspea ,Sangvey commune, Chikgreng district, Siem reap of Cambodia.

We need you to be a part of their lives  by supporting for living and education.

If you would love to help them please

Ven.Sothea Yon, Tel: + 85516401645

1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

NAME ON ACCOUNT:  REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTION

NUMBER:0200000087989

SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP 

email:sesimereap@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/sothea.yon

http://rdacambodia.org/

https://mcuubu.wordpress.com/ (English)

http://svakhum.wordpress.com/ (Khmer)

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Ms.Vahn Tha and her daughters,Bopha and Raksa

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Bopha and Raksa celebrated her mother funeral ceremony

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Bopha and Raksa took her mother ‘s body to opening crematorium

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Body of mother ‘s Bopha and Raksa was cremated by Khmer tradition

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Carol Morrel warmed heart and hugged to Bopha and Raksa

Water for life: Clean water and sanitation

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Based on philosophical life on water “Water is life or water is everything on this earth”.  We know that the water is very importance, costless and precious to human beings.

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Daily life we needed the water is for drinking , eating ,bathing , cleaning ,cooking , watering  etc.  water can prevent the disease , cleanse , and replenish our  bodies and our systems so they  run more efficiently and rehabilitate and improve our overall well-being in the most natural way.

Unlucky to Cambodians ,especially at rural communities in Siem Reap are always facing the lucking of the water , it is insufficient to using in daily life. We try the best way to help them and provide them to safe drinking water . We have a lot to do and you can help. Public awareness is so important, so please inform your friends and family about this problem with social media and emails. And if possible, please donate to give families the gift of clean, safe drinking water.

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

A pump well price ranges from USD 450.00 dollars to USD 2000.00 dollars in accordance with the distance, quality and size of the well. The average cost is USD 350 dollars per pump well. Any amount you can contribute toward the project will be greatly appreciated.

Contact:

Ven.Sothea Yon, Tel: + 85516401645, Email: sesimereap@gmail.com

1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

NAME ON ACCOUNT: Mr.YON SOTHEA

NUMBER:0200000068933

SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP 

  1. You also can go to http://rdacambodia.org/ click on donation

Beautiful Message

Message from Volunteers of Bikes4life (Angela PO Oon )

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On the same day when I visited a school in a local village in Siem Reap, I also scheduled a meeting with a monk, Sothea Yon. He created an NGO called Regional Development Action Association (RDA) only 3 months ago. He was distraught when he saw the suffering of his people so he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to social service as he felt the imperative need to improve the lives of the children in rural areas of Siem Reap. You were very inspiring for the whole 30min and we felt you taught us all a valuable lesson in being a volunteer. It is no surprise to me that you have got this program up and running even though those around you thought it was impossible.

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RDA helps children who are financially unstable and gives them a free education. He also provides a free mobile medical clinic where each month he drives a doctor (his father) to the rural villages to do health checks and at least 200 people line up each time. He has no funding as of yet and so he and his friend pays for the medical supplies. The most impressive part of RDA is that Sothea has managed to offer a Bachelors degree in Arts – Social Entrepreneurship, for free and it is the first of its kind in Cambodia. That is ground breaking! This course is very much a hands on experience one, learn by doing he said. However, the only requirement to study this course is that you have a heart for social service. Upon selection, you can propose a project and then complete it during your studies. He only had 20 spots available but has accepted 38. If you have not completed high school, you can still apply for this course. You may have had to take care of your siblings or work on the farm for your family during your younger years but if you have a heart for social service, you still have an equal chance on being selected in the course. The age cut off point is age 40. On very special cases, you must keep a daily journal of 100 social service acts as an application for this position. If you are accepted, your role includes being a leader of the community and innovator and teacher of your field. RDA’s main purpose is to create a university of volunteers where active participation to create positive societal change is part of it’s core values. Give more, Get more! He is not talking about receiving, he is talking about more give, more gain for everyone or simply to pay it forward (exponentially). Paying back is not a requirement but paying it forward becomes your purpose, that is, your duty is to serve others. You must have initiative to research and learn about needs amongst your people and you must have a compassionate heart.

I would not say the course is easy by any means, everything is written in English and the 3rd year is in Thai and in Thailand. However, if you are determined, all help is available for you to successfully graduate from this course.

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Sothea Yon has planted the seed for positive change, his program to nurture, educate and inspire students is well underway. Bikes 4 Life is proud to support such an important initiative such as this and we have every confidence in you to carry out your mission. You have a great team around you and your vision is outstanding. Your strategic plan is very impressive and Bikes 4 Life would like to congratulate you on what you have achieved so far and we will continue to donate to your cause.

Thank you for chatting with us, it was truly a great learning experience from a gentle and peaceful visionary. It was truly a privilege to meet you. Thank you.
You are my favourite monk!

For more information about Sothea Yon’s cause and/or to donate/volunteer, please click to his website http://rdacambodia.org/
Any help is appreciated.

Donation

Your donation to will help us :

♦ Help children and communities reduce illiteracy and stay healthy through programs

♦ Help the communities to improve access to quality health care & health education

♦ Help families build new wells for safe drinking water and construct sanitation systems to reduce the risk of disease.

♦ Help make it possible for poor children to go to school, so they can fulfil their dreams and escape poverty forever.

Examples of what your donation can achieve:

US$25           Uniforms for five students

US$50           A bicycle for a student who live far from school

US$80           Study supplies for 10 children per year

US $100       Mosquito & ceramic water filter for 5 families per year

US $120       Adopt 1 child to high school per year

US $500       1 bore-pump well for clean water in remote area

US$1,000    Adopt 1 extreme poor family living with crisis per year

US$2,000    1 Student to go to university for 4 years

Financial Donations
You can donate by check, cash, Western Union or by direct bank transfer to our local account.
If you wish to make ongoing monthly or annual donations please contact us by Email:svakhumtocam@gmail.com
If you wish to donate in cash please send the money to through WESTERN UNION please contact us for details by Email:svakhumtocam@gmail.com , Tel: + 85516401645

Transfer directly through our Bank Account below:

1.Western Union : Sothea Yon, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 2.ACCOUNT: CANADIA BANK PLC. 315, Angduong st. (corner of Monivong Blvd), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

NAME ON ACCOUNT: Mr.YON SOTHEA

NUMBER:0200000068933

SWIFT CODE: CADIKHPP 

email:svakhumtocam@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/sothea.yon

Regional Development Action

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