Sopheap Chak

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My Birthday Cause for Kantha Bopha Hospital

These few days, I have been back and forth to hospital to see my newly born niece who had health problem and she was advised for operation. It was a critical moment for our family to bear the pain of this little girl. Her operation has been completed and she is okay now although doctor requires following up her condition still.

I thought the moment our family is burden is that tough, but when you would expose to other child’s condition at the hospital especially the newly born up to one-month old baby who were placed at a large room together, while two babies may share the same bed altogether, the moment was even more trouble-some. You would hear different stories: a child was left out by her mum who has never now returned to take care of him, yet thank to hospital profession for continuing taking care of him and even hiring the baby-sitter to ensure his condition is watched out closely like other child who is accompanied by mother or both parents. Suddenly, you would hear other story: a mum was crying loudly while her kid was already gone given that his/her condition was serious and doctor could no longer assist him/her (I dared not even look at the scene but only hear the cry of the mother). You would see other scenario where the mother has to stay fully at hospital alone (while my sister would be accompanied by her husband and also an often visit by me) and could not even afford to a mobile phone and she would need to get out hospital to give a call by using paid call service to her husband (who maybe on job-mission of income generation). This are few examples where I have been exposed to amid other poor and venerable parents would have been relying to the effort of the hospital who hardly bear the cost of the service, building, and other associated cost to doctors etc.

Wait, I have not yet named out that hospital and I am sure this is not new to all of you: It is Kantha Bopha Hospital. This hospital offers a free of charge medical service to the families in Cambodia who are simply too poor to even make a small contribution for the service. According to the hospital source, without this hospital, 3,200 additional children would die in Cambodia every month. The figure is quite shocking amid the fact that the hospital sometime and recently has faced financial crisis to sustain its operation. I was glad that at least I jointly with other fellows to contribute to the cause during that time. But, the moment even convinced me that more continuing effort from each of us would ensure children access to health service.

I therefore wrote this piece, not merely to thank to the hospital for professionally taking care of my niece, but also to encourage all of you to make a contribution to the hospital so that this could be partly ensure its sustainability that ultimately help surviving many poor and vulnerable kids in Cambodia.

To make direct donation you could go to the foundation website directly but you could also join my cause here:

From now up to 30 March 2014, please jointly celebrate my 29th year old by gifting me $1 each or more so that the sum will be contributed to Foundation Childrens Hospitals Kantha Bopha. Please contact me via chaksopheap@gmail.com for any inquiry about this cause or way of donation.

Announcement: Trip to Kompong Speu

Dear all,

Youth Network for Change (YNC), a voluntary youth network, would like to invite you to join our trip to Kompong Speu province to distribute the study material to orphans and to engage them to dialogs, so that they experience social discussion and involvement.

Community Event
When: Monday, 29 Oct 2007
Where: Orphan Care and Training Center, Phum I, Khum Treng Trayeung, Srok Phnom Srouch, Kompong Speu province. We will proceed our trip to Kirirom Resort for Lunch.
Who: YNC team and interested participants.
Sponsor: Fund raising.

I would be appreciate for your kind contributions either financial, material, and spiritual support to make this event possible. Please feel free to contact me or my team for furthered detail of our work. I also provide you the background of our team.

Bests Regards,

Sopheap Chak
Public Relation Officer,
Tel: 855-011 943 213
www.sopheapfocus.blogspot.com
Youth Network for Change (YNC)

Background of Youth Network for Change (YNC):

The Youth Network for Change was established in 2006 to counteract these trends by facilitating dynamic social development in Cambodia’s poorest regions. Through outreach programs, cultural exchanges, and educational initiatives, we hope to lift rural Cambodian youth out of poverty and into sustainable careers.
Vision
We envision a Cambodian society fueled by knowledge and compassion, wherein all Cambodians have access to life-enhancing opportunities.
Mission
In working closely with rural communities, we equip disadvantaged Cambodian children with the practical knowledge, skills, and goals to make empowering life decisions.
Objectives
· To foster educational outreach by procuring study materials to underprivileged youths, and by educating them in the prominent social and ethical issues of our time.
· To strengthen communication between teenagers, young children, and their communities.
· To encourage young people to reflect on their ability to facilitate positive social change.
Activities:
Community Event brings students from various universities to distribute study materials to rural children, to educate them the social matters, and to guide them in envisioning their future. This also aims to help urban university youth understand agrarian livelihoods, to contribute to the educational needs of rural students, and to engage in cultural exchange.
Normally, there are around 30-50 youths from various universities attending the programs. Youth Network for Change utilizes a discussion model during events in which university students disseminate in groups educational, cultural and social issues.
The Network has conducted seven events in Kompong Speu, Koh Kong, Takeo, Prey Veng, and Ratanakirri.

The 10th Asian Cartoon Exhibition: Asian Environmental Issues

The 10th ASIAN CARTOON EXHIBITION – “Asian Environmental Issues”

17th –29th September, 2007 (08:00?18:00)
[23rd, 24th Sept,2007 (closed)]

Place: Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), Lobby Hall
In the campus of RUPP, Russia Blvd, Khan Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Co-organized by Japan Foundation and CJCC
Supported by Embassy of Japan, JICA, Japanese Association of Cambodia (JAC)

?The Japan Foundation has been holding The Asian Cartoon Exhibition every year since 1995 in various countries, employing the friendly medium of cartoons for introducing Asian societies, cultures, and peoples’ ways of life from various perspectives. And this is a first exhibition in Cambodia.

The theme for this year is “Asian Environmental Issues”. The burdens placed on the environment have serious consequences not only for us living in Asian nations but also everybody all over the world and the entire world needs to tackle them as a shared responsibility. In this exhibition, 10 leading cartoonists from 10 Asian nations namely Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have produced a total of 77 new works depicting the environmental as well as for promoting our awareness about our shared responsibility.?

While producing works on the environmental problems characteristic of each nation, the various cartoonists flavored them with unique senses of humor and satire. Hoping you could find the works amusing and insightful into Asian society, culture, and ways of living, as well as potent food for thought.

Please visit at www.cjcc.jp for furthered information.

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