News

Hospital construction & fit-out update - #79

The Hospital building continues to get closer to completion & the internal fit-out work is accelerating. 
How good is that!!! Thanks to all!!! 

https://youtu.be/5wIesrdWAZI

Hospital construction & fit-out update - #78

The Hospital building continues to get closer to completion & the internal fit-out work is accelerating.
How good is that!!! Thanks to all!!! 

Hospital construction update #78

Updated Cambodian Nokor Tep website

The Cambodian Nokor Tep Women's Hospital web site  – www.nokor-tep.net - has recently been updated .

This update was important as we progress to the fitout phase, start preparations for the opening of the Hospital  and start the serarch for medical and administrative professionals to volunteer from across the Globe to help in setting up the Hospital with local Cambodian medical professionals.

Please visit the website on a regular basis to see the latest on our fit-out needs, volunteer positions and achievements .

Hospital construction & fit-out update - #77

The latest Hospital construction update - click here

Big news - Hospital Opening March 8 , 2018

Big news!!

The official soft opening of Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital will be March 8, 2018 – International Women’s Day.

A great day to celebrate the opening of a women’s hospital !!

 

19801062 1531885743622266 3968710020128340814 o

Hospital construction & fit-out update - #74

To view the latest update on the Hospital's construction & fit out , click here .

Special fund-raising appeal & challenge

Dear friends, this year we will complete the physical structure of the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. 

It has been a wonderful journey. Now we are looking to the next step for which I ask for your help. 

In order to be able to purchase equipment that will help the women of Cambodia, 

We are having a very special fundraising campaign

 Nails for Nokor Tep 

Nails for NTWH v2

 Our Goal is to have 1 million people worldwide donate $10 through this special campaign. 

We are asking 1 million men to stand with the women of Cambodia by having their fingernails polished. 
How – by having an event where men are willing to have people polish their fingernail for a minimum of $1.00 per nail
BUT there is no limit to the maximum amount to be paid per nail.
I suggest a short  video is taken of the event – the man involved will send this video via social media and
challenge to at least two other men to do the same. 
Remember people – the polish can be easily removed!!!

Of course men who really don’t want to have their nails painted can pay double - $20 –
but would need to encourage 10 other men to do the same. 
And women who want to participate are also welcome – this is an equal opportunity challenge

If neither of these options appeal to you –
then develop your own unique challenge which will result in the same result -
One suggestion by a crafty house builder is to contact team members with a “looking like a fool” motto!!! 
Will you be a fool with me?
1 million people worldwide to donate $10. This is what we need.
When: We would like this worldwide event to happen between April 10 and May 10 2017.

These dates cover several major holidays, Khmer New Years and Easter –
both of which signify new life and new hope-
for us new life and new hope for the Cambodian women suffering from these issues.


Donations of more than $5 will get a tax deduction for Australian tax residents.
Donations can be made via our partner Rotary Australia   so please include this donations link

We need your help to reach 1 million people – I am asking for a miracle – I am asking you to be part of this miracle. I ask you to help spread the good news of Nokor Tep and its needs. Only by your help can this happen.  If you could – send me a quick email – tell me about your plan of action – date – event –challenge .
 
I am so grateful to my God for all of you who stand with us and have made the hospital building possible – I am so grateful to each of you who will make the miracle of equipment possible. How very good that is!
 
Janne

Invite to an evening with Janne - April 12

 

AN EVENING WITH JANNE RITSKES

WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL 2017
​6.00 TO 8.00 PM 


You’re invited to meet the inspirational, Janne Ritskes, Founder of Tabitha Cambodia and one of the Founders of the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital .

We will hear from Janne regarding the progress of the Hospital, plans to open in 2017 and the latest on Tabitha Cambodia's family & community development programs.

 

Location - McKinnon Hotel
251 McKinnon Rd , McKinnon

 

Tickets $30 per head
Includes arrival drink & finger food.
Drinks at bar prices.

 

We will have some fundraising activities
throughout the night including a silent auction. 
Lots of great items to bid for!!!

 
Click here to buy your ticket


Please help in making this night a success,
share with your family & friends 

and invite them to join us. 

 

Try1 Try2Try3

Janne's visiting Melbourne - April 12

Janne is visiting Australia during early April and we are planning a function in Melbourne for the evening of April 12 .

Come & meet Janne and hear about the Hospital's construction progress and the latest from Tabitha Cambodia.

Keep the night of April 12 free with more details to come in the next few weeks.

 

Feb 12

Janne's February update

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!!!

Feb 1Feb 2

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 hast cancer and I had treatment – many here had breast cancer but there was no treatment.

Feb 3Feb 4

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

 

 

 

Janne's December 2016 Newsletter

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. Click to view to the video

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 Xmas season to light up a Nokor Tep Christmas Tree in Cambodia..  We invite you to donate the value of one of the gifts you are giving this Christmas to help complete the structure of the Hospital & bring this vision so much closer. We also would like you to encourage your family and friends to donate and light up a Nokor Tep Christmas Tree. To donate, via Rotary Australia, please click here

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

Janne

Help make Christmas 2016 more meaningful!!

Tabitha & Nokor Tep Cambodia are focused on providing care & support to improve the lives of women & their families. This Christmas season they need support from their friends across the world to continue their amazing work.

We invite you to donate the value of one of the gifts you plan to give this Christmas, to help fund the fit-out of the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital & light up a Nokor Tep Christmas Tree in Cambodia. 

All donations will be processed via Rotary Australia who will email a tax receipt. . 

 

Nokor Tep Xmas

October update

The last  week has been exciting. Plastering is being done inside, bricks have reached the top floor, new stairs were completed & the fence outside was completed. Also spaces inside the hospital have been decided and internal walls will now begin to climb. How good is that!

To view the latest video , Construction update # 70 , click here

 

Hospital Internal Fit-out Donations

We are aiming to open the Hospital in March 2017 and construction has reached an exciting phase - the start of the internal fit-out. In the next few months thousands of bricks will be laid to complete the internal walls, 22,000 meters of floors painted, 350 windows installed, 200 sinks installed, 500 electrical switches & wall sockets wired plus more!!  We are seeking help to fund all of this work  - a donation of $150 will help buy a window, $100 a brick, $25 a sink, $15 an electrical switch or $10 will contribute to painting a square meter of the floors. All donations will go directly to funding the internal fit-out.  

To make a donation click here

Front Side View

Janne's October 2016 Newsletter

13 October 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.

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.

So what is our progress at the hospital.

In the last month we have finished pouring the floor on Level 3 (E3) that was to be our "roof" and we have started the internal fit-out with the painting on the first floor. To view the latest video update, just click here.

Phavi, Sieng and I have had some recent hard discussions about the future. If we complete the building of the 5 levels (basement, ground and 3 levels above ground) now we will have the space for growth over the next 10 years but if Level 3 remains the "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 to build a roof over Level 3 subject to donations coming in but not just enough for the roof but especially to finish the fit-out of 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 Level 3 will be our roof. 

We also have an end goal in mind – we are aiming 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.

Over the past two months we have met with our medical advisors 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 also 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 2016 Christmas / Holiday Season Campaign – it’s about asking each of you to donate the value of one gift that you would buy this season to Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. On our Cambodian web site we will  Christmas Trees that are dark – with each donation we will light up a 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. Our goal is light up 1000 trees.
 
Australian Donations can be made via Rotary - click here. When making a donation please include a comment like  “ Christmas – family or group name”.  We will then be able to put your family or group name under a lit tree on the Cambodian website. 
 
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

Construction Update # 69

This is the latest update on the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital construction, the first hospital in Cambodia dedicated to women’s health.  Click here to view 

Construction Update #68

Click here to view the latest constrcution update #68 

Janne's July 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends and partners,

It has been a number of weeks since we last talked – the reason for this is that Miriam and I went to Canada to visit family, friends and to do some speaking with Tabitha Canada. In our college hunting for my daughter - Miriam selected her school of choice – McMasters in Hamilton Ontario. How grateful I am for these special moments.

On my first day back I met with a house building team – the Margarita’s had a lovely build – but they also became acutely aware of the need for Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. One house that they built was for Yea Chien and her family. Yea is 55 years old and has been ill for two years – she has a lump in her belly – a lump that has swollen to the size of a basketball. Yea takes herbal medicine – she cannot afford anything else – they are so poor. The team was saddened and helpless in her plight. My soul aches for her – my hands are empty – in Cambodia a house is so important to die in – why must she suffer so?

July Newsletter 1 July Newsletter 2

So I want to share our progress.

We have 70% of the roof poured! How good that is! to view our latest update  click here

But our need is acute for the rainy season has started and we would like to complete the roof by the end of August – just before the big rains arrive. In order to do so – we need $US100,000  I know how big an ask this is – yet there are so many women waiting and the urgency to help continues to swell.

Then we need to finish the inside structure which we can do as the rains fall - $US150,000 will allow us to complete stairs, finish elevator shafts, brick and mortar the walls, finish the floors –it will look so beautiful!

July Newsletter 3July Newsletter 4

Electricity to run the hospital – in order to run all our equipment including the operating theaters and radiation units we need to increase our electricity to 800 KVP – a very generous Cambodian donor, is donating the cost of wire and electricity poles, plus installation costs to the hospital – but we need to buy a transformer at the cost of $US57,000.

I will continue to update each of you as the progress continues – it is ever so much fun to share our specific needs now that the end of the construction is nearing.

I should mention that we have made a decision not to work with just one partner but to work with many partners at Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital.  There are some very exciting discussions ongoing with a number of likeminded groups. In this process we are looking for some outstanding people to come and work with us – we are looking for a Hospital Director, a Chief Medical officer and a Chief Financial Officer. These positions are volunteer spots – with a minimum commitment of 18 months to 3 years. For those who may be interested -this is an opportunity to leave a bit of yourselves – your imprint on the lives of millions of women – this is an opportunity to leave your mark in the medical world!

July Newsletter 5July Newsletter 6

I believe that with all your help – this time next year – I will no longer have to face another woman such as Yea Chien with my soul in turmoil.  I thank my God for my life, for each of you who give life to so many. May it be that together we can bring the mercy and grace we live with in such abundance to those whose lives are so difficult! How good that will be!

Janne

PS:  The fifth annual  Ride for Nokor Tep is coming up in early September 2016 and this year we have a record number of riders who need your support.  For details on the riders or to sponsor a rider click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Update #67

The latest construction update can be viewed here 

Construction Update # 66

To view the lastest update on the Hospital's construction , click here

Janne's May 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends

May has been a very good month with rapid construction progress.

The 2nd level floor structure is now 100% complete. Work on the support beams for the roof are progressing rapidly with over 170 m3 of concrete poured on May 28. In addition the brick walls of the basement level are progressing very well.  

May News collage 1

I recommend that you take a look at one of our recent videos to see how far we have come -

Hospital Construction Update #64 - May 2016  or  Hospital Transition Views - May 2016

The continuing construction of the Hospital has only been possible by the generous support of many people across the globe. In March we launched a special appeal to raise funds to complete the building structure and start the internal fit-out . The global response was fantastic and a significant amount was raised to support the ongoing construction.

In addition others have been organising functions to increase awareness & raise funds for the hospital.

In Melbourne on Sunday May 15 around 100 people attended an Open Mic afternoon listening to some extraordinary young talent, catching up with friends and raising more than $1500 to support the Hospital. Thanks to all the performers and to the organisers Cathy Emmerson , Dianne Jones & Dean Travis. 

May News Collage 2

Last Saturday , May 28 approximately 220 people attended the Music Night at Meeniyan Hall in regional Victoria. The night was full of comedy, singing, music and rock & roll plus raffles & auctions. A great social night plus over $6,400 was raised to support the Hospital. Thanks to the principal organisers - Camille Shaw, Tarnya Wilson & Sarah Price and to all the performers and others who  supported this event .

Meeniyan collage 1

In addition on Saturday June 18, Andrew Troedel, a long term Tabitha & Nokor Tep supporter, is holding a “Bonfire @ Buneep” to raise funds for the Hospital. Starting at 3.00pm this should be a fun afternoon & evening with tractor rides,  walk to waterfall , pony rides , live music, the Bonfire lighting at 5.30pm, a Lamb spit roast,  billy tea, damper and more !!! Cost is only $30.00 per head or $70.00 per family with all funds going to support the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital.  If your interested in attending please contact Andrew by June 10 (for catering purposes) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

So many of you are helping us to complete the building !!! How very good that is

May is the end of the international schools school term here in Cambodia and Mirriam & I are heading back to Canada to catch up with family & friends ...

I will be back in July ….. Until then all the best…..

Janne

 

 

Janne's Mother's Day Update

Dear Friends of Nokor Tep

Mother’s Day – also May 8th in the Northern Hemisphere – is a day when we celebrate the lives of our mothers – the gifts of love and caring – the gift of our lives. In the past several months Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital has been honored by some very special mothers.

The Queen Mother of Cambodia –Her Majesty:  Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk – invited Phavi, myself and several other support people from Nokor Tep to come and visit her at the palace. The Queen presented us with a cash donation towards the building of the hospital. Her Majesty was delighted about the progress of the building and talked of the great need of the women for our services. She spoke of the battles of Cambodian women to receive treatment when they were ill. It was a special hour – an hour where we talked and stood together in our efforts to bring health care to the women here.

Read more ...

Ride for Nokor Tep Newsletter #3 - May 2016

Dear fans and supporters of Ride for Nokor Tep,

Well things are truly heating up (pardon the pun) for this years Ride. We have had a great show of interest from new and previous riders and this years ride is gearing up to be the biggest yet!!

If you are interested and will be doing the ride, we just ask that you SIGN UP NOW and don't wait. We need to get all riders signed up as soon as possible so we can start working on logistics such as hotel rooms, transportation, additional tour guides, mechanics, etc.

Read more ...

Nokor Tep - April news

Dear Friends of Nokor Tep

This week is Khmer New Year in Cambodia, which means it is 12 months since Janne visited Australia to launch Nokor Tep Australia. In this first 12 months our focus has been on building awareness of Nokor Tep Women's Hospital  and fundraising to support the construction. 

We started with a small mailing list of approximately 100 people and today we have over 630 people on our mailing list and another 390 plus people are following us on Facebook. There have been multiple social fundraising activities and donation campaigns that have resulted in more than $A96,000 being raised and sent to Cambodia via Rotary or directly by Nokor Tep Australia. In addition the Ride for Nokor Tep Australian donations were in excess of $A42,000!!!

Overall what fantastic support from Australia in the last 12 months. Thank you to all those who have actively lead a fundraising event or activity, attended a function, volunteered or made a donation.

Read more ...

Janne's March Newsletter

Dear friends and partners,                                                                                                                                                                                           March 30, 2016

How much has changed since we made the decision to finish and start our first phase of the operations of Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. We have had an unusual amount of visitors come and see what we have done. That is always an honor.

It is relatively straight forward to explain to people the various functions of the hospital space, what will happen, where it will happen, how it will happen. Visitors are amazed at what you and I have accomplished so far – the building is impressive – as Bart  said -  a man who has built several hospitals in Asia  – what a beautiful space – what a lovely design. I can’t help but suffer from a few pangs of pride coming from a person with so much expertise.

I have had the privilege of sharing and talking with Gary – a physician who knows Cambodia – serving in so many capacities in the health field for a number of years – our vision of reaching out to all women in Cambodia –regardless of status or rank. Gary’s compassion and vision match ours – he reminds all of us how important it is to treat each woman with dignity and respect.



Read more ...

Special Appeal - Buy a Brick


SPECIAL APPEAL - BUY A BRICK IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS

Many of us who have daughters, sisters, wives and mothers have the privilege of being able to take them for medical or hospital care if the need arises. Even today, most women across Cambodia do not have ”this luxury”.

To allow us to begin operations during the first quarter of 2017 and start providing better health care to women across Cambodia earlier, we decided last month to finish the Hospital’s current construction at the 3rd floor.

 

Read more ...

Tabitha Cambodia's Savings Program

The Tabitha Savings program is one of the fundamental ways that Tabitha supports family & community development in Cambodia. Since inception more than 514,000 families with 4.2 million dependents have participated in the program.  In 2016 Tabitha aims to have a further 17,000 families participate.

Glen Stretten from Sydney has produced a video with Janne about poverty  and how Tabitha Cambodia’s saving program provides families a way to grow, change their lives and move on from poverty. View the video at https://youtu.be/spHwCtL9PqI

The families & communities that grow & develop from the Tabitha savings program will also benefit from the completion of the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital and the provision of improved health care services for women. 

Ride for Nokor Tep 2016

The ride for Nokor Tep is back on again this year, same great route, same friendly format using Siem Reap as a base for 3 days and same great cause. Save the dates , September 5th to September 10th inclusive and book your annual leave now! This year the ride will finish on the Saturday with a family and friends ride of about 20klms so all can share in the excitement of finishing at the hospital. Who knows, we may even get Janne on a bike. Full details will be available shortly at Ride for Nokor Tep

Hospital Progress Aug 2012 - Feb 2016

Review the progress of the hospital's construction from August 2012 to February 216 , click here

Exciting news on the Hospital

Message from Janne - Exciting news on Nokor Tep Plans - February 18 , 2016 
 
Dear all,

Good morning.  We have made some serious decisions regarding the hospital this past week. We believe that these decisions will allow the beginning of services to the women of Cambodia by early 2017. Let me share these decisions and our needs:

1       Hospital construction

We have decided to finish the current size of NKth at the 3rd floor – we will make this into a roof with the ability to be changed into another floor with minimal effort. This will give us 3 full floors of hospital use – and room for expansion as we grow.

The rationale for this is that the hospital space is now big enough to provide services at a good rate. We also do not have enough funds to finish the entire building – at the current rate of funding it will take another 3 years.

Read more ...

Update on 2016 Nokor Tep walks

On Saturday January 30,  in Phnom Pehn, the Fifth Annual Walkathon was held with over 760 people Cambodians and Internationals walking to raise approximately $US50,000 to support the construction of Nokor Tep Women's Hospital. On Sunday January 31, in Australia there were also good participation in the Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth walks to support Nokor Tep. How good is that ! Huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone that participated or supported our walks !!


Stichting Toetssteen visit Phnom Pehn

Supporters of Stichting Toetssteen, a Dutch Not-for-Profit organisation, are visiting Cambodia and today met with Janne at Tabitha's Phnom Pehn offices. Thank you to the team from Stichting Toetssteen for their financial support and good luck with the housebuilding in the next few days!!

 

 

Support the walks for Nokor Tep

The 2016 Phnom Pehn 10km “Walk for Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital” is to be held on 30 January. In 2015 the walk raised in excess of $US 75,000 and we hope that this year will be even bigger. To support the 2016 walk, groups of Australian friends of Nokor Tep are holding walks in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth on January 31. If your interested in joining one of these walks please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively if you would like to make a donation use this link-  http://www.nokortepaustralia.org.au/index.php/donations/australian-donations
Insert the comment “Australia 2016 walk” when processing your donation.   

100% of all Australian funds raised will be sent to Cambodia to support the construction of the Hospital. 

Janne's January Newsletter

During 2015 we made great progress with the construction of the hospital. At the end of December the basement, first floor & second floor structures are complete and the pouring of the third floor is in progress. 

All this has been possible from the support of thousands of people across the globe that have supported fundraising activities or made direct donations. We thank you and hope that you can continue to support the hospital and the women of Cambodia.

2016 is going to be a big year!!

Read more ...

Hospital Update January 18

Janne has had a great start to 2016. The hospital is making great progress and for the last 3 weeks, Janne has had her sister, Nancy & brother in law, Wolf visiting from Canada. 

Nancy & Wolf have visited the hospital on multiple occasions and have seen great  progress during those three weeks -- the construction of 2 large septic tanks; the construction of another 10% of the third floor and then the pouring of that section: they saw the beginnings of the next section to be poured; they saw the new road in front of the hospital to the main road, they saw a new toilet block being built and they saw the preparation of the road around the hospital. 

Nancy & Wolf prepared a short video on the progress they have seen from December 29 until January 18 -

Janne's December Newsletter

Christmas is coming soon – it is the month of hope and faith – a month when we remember another woman so long ago – who gave birth to her child in a barn – a woman for whom there was no room – a woman whose poverty made life so very hard. This woman Mary had great faith in her son, Jesus without truly understanding what this was all about.

Christmas is about faith and hope and Mary represents so very many women here in Cambodia - women whose lives are so very difficult. For these women Christmas has no meaning – there is no expectation and so little hope. For these women life is extremely difficult and painful.

Read more ...

Hospital progress - August 2013 to October 2015

Just as a reminder of how far the hospital as come from its start in August 2013 to this month here!

Nokor Tep update #55

Find the latest Nokor Tep Update here!

Janne's September Newsletter

Dear Friends and Partners,

Today is the beginning of October

Read more ...

Nokor Tep update #54

See the video here

Jannes August Newsletter

Dear friends and partners,

It is not a good year in Cambodia. The rains have failed to come and the vast majority of farmers are on the move as their crops fail and hunger looms.

Read more ...

Jannes July Newsletter

Dear Friends

July has been a humbling experience for myself and my cofounders Phavi and Sieng.  Let me try to explain. First thing was that we sent out our first serious appeal for 2000 people like yourselves to support the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital at $100 per month.  The response was immediate and generous from many of you – it allowed us to pay our bills and to hope that each month we would be able to pay our bills.

Read more ...

Nokor Tep update #52

Find the latest update video for the Nokor Tep Women's hospital here. 

Read more ...

Nokor Tep update #51

Here is the latest progress video for the Nokor Tep Womens Hospital. 

Read more ...

Ride for Nokor Tep - Newsletter 6

No fancy tour buses, no fancy support cars, no nutritionists and teams of doctors, just dirt, sweat and tears.

Read more ...

Jannes June Newsletter

Dear friends and partners,

This morning there was an article in the Cambodia Daily about a Cambodian woman assisting in the trafficking of 4 teen age girls to China for a life of prostitution. One of the women had her sentence commuted – the judge said: we treated the woman leniently because she is dying.  “Because she has breast cancer and she is waiting for the end of her life, we allowed for mitigating circumstances.”

Read more ...

Carmen's High Tea

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. On May 31, 2015 Carmen and Felice Stocco opened their home and their hearts to host family and friends at a "High Tea" to raise funds for Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital.

Read more ...

Nokor Tep update #50

The hospital is coming along! See the latest up date here

Read more ...

Ride for Nokor Tep - Newsletter 5

We now have 3 months to go till the start of the ride and after Janne's recent plea for support, we are all excited and anxious about raising some funds and get this hospital on its way to completion. 

Read more ...

Nokor Tep update #49

 

Jannes May Newsletter

Dear friends and partners,

 

WE ARE In CRISIS MODE and NEED YOUR HELP  

It’s the month of May and the temperatures are in the high 30s and low 40s – you would think our contractors would be in slow mode but just the opposite has happened – they have gotten ahead of our ability to pay for the materials and work being done on the hospital. 

Read more ...

Ride for Nokor Tep - Four Months to Go!

With just under 4 months to go there are an increasing number of riders committing to participating in the Ride for Nokor Tep. 

The ride starts in Siem Reap on Monday 7th September 2015 and will finish in Phnom Penh on Friday 11th September 2015. This is a great opportunity to support the development of Nokor Tep whilst seeing the sights of Cambodia. 

More details are contained in the Ride for Nokor Tep newsletter #4. 

Read more ...

Janne in Singapore

Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital co-founder, Janne Ritskes, was in Singapore last week and spoke at the hugely successful Stones That Rock 'Well Women' Lunch about women's health, an issue very close to her heart. Fab food, fun prizes and a great time was had by all - thank you Stones That Rock, for supporting Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital.

Read more ...

Narrabri High School - A Cambodian Experience

                                                          narribirihs

Narrabri sits comfortably in the Namoi Valley equidistant from Brisbane & Sydney and many miles West of the Blue Mountains, in Big Sky Country. About 7,300 people call Narrabri home. Serviced by road & rail it is somewhat isolated due to the distance to larger centres. The daily air service ceased recently, further isolating the town from contact with major centres.

Read more ...

We Need Your Help.

In Australia we have started with a good base of Nokor Tep followers & supporters. However, we want to expand this base & reach more people with the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital story and now need your support to spread the word. 

Read more ...

Jannes Australian Visit

Khmer New Years is over - a week of celebrating life with family and friends. For Miriam and me, it was an opportunity to celebrate with our new family in Australia - the Nokor Tep Foundation Australia. 

Read more ...

Ride for Nokor Tep - Five Months to Go!

With only five months to go until the Ride for Nokor Tep begins in Cambodia it's time to start getting organised! 

Firstly, riders should be starting to think about funraising for their the cause, as this of course is what the ride is all about.

Read more ...

Huge support from LUSH!

Big news! LUSH North America is throwing major support behind the Nokor Tep Women's Hospital project! On March 8th, International Women's Day, the company will launch a special appeal to customers to join the One-in-a-Million fundraising campaign and help us complete construction. MANY THANKS to LUSH CEO Karen Wolverton and the entire LUSH team for their amazing and heartfelt support.

 

Click here to find out more!

Ride for Nokor Tep 2015 - Who's missing from this photo? Is it you?

Ride for nokor tep 1

Don't miss your opportunity to get your face in this years photo. We've heard your feedback and we know you all live busy lives and sometimes its hard to get away, thats why this year we have provided 3 different options for the ride.

Read more ...

February update on Hospital construction

feb news 2 

As of February 26, 2015 25% of the pillars for the second floor are done. Watch the video...

Read more ...

Tabitha: Empowering Cambodian Families

From the official blog of William E. Todd, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia.

When I fly back to the United States, I often take gifts for my family and friends. In my search for unique gifts made in Cambodia I have visited many stores in Phnom Penh, and one of my all-time favorite places to shop is Tabitha Cambodia, a non-profit organization started in 1994 by Canadian citizen Janne Ritskes. Not only do I find special, wonderfully-made handicrafts at Tabitha, but I know that my purchases help to support local families and communities.

Read more ...

Walkathon 2015

The Fourth Annual Walkathon was full of love for the Cambodian women as the participants celebrate their Valentine's Day walking for a great cause.

The event was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Walkathon 2015 StartWalkathon 2015 1Walkathon 2015 2

Read more ...

Letter from Janne Ritskes - January 31, 2015

Dear friends and partners,

It's hard to believe that the first month of 2015 is almost gone and we are heading towards February – a month of love – well, Valentine's Day to be exact. So you ask, what is so special about Valentine's Day this year? We are having our 4th Annual walkathon here in Cambodia – an event that celebrates the variety of life in this country. People come from the bustling city of Phnom Penh, cross the Mekong in a ferry – early enough to enjoy the sunrise and the cool breezes. Walkers get to enjoy village life and then this year, get to walk through rice fields surrounded by ponds – it is ever so quiet and so very refreshing. On the home stretch of the walk is village life culminating with the end line celebrated in a grove of mangoes.

What else is so special – the wide variety of people who walk – peoples from a dozen nations mixing with Cambodians – people who enjoy a high status in society walking alongside those for whom life is so difficult – people who are educated mixing with those who cannot write their name – people with designer shoes walking alongside those who have no shoes. Each person oblivious to these social status points for a few hours as they become family while walking together.

Tabjan 1Tabjan 2

Read more ...

Progress Report November 2014

Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.