Posts Tagged ‘Cambodia’

Photo of the Week: More from Cambodia!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

Take a look at more photos from our board members’ recent trip to Cambodia! Lakena, pictured here, is a grade 8 student in Kompong Khleang, where CEF is providing clean water to the community in collaboration with Kids International Development Society (K.I.D.S.). Stay tuned for more from our Cambodia trip!

Photo of the Week: Pool Party

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

The month of January always leaves us in the North Hemisphere trying to stay warm in our thick coats. A great way to beat the cold is by reminiscing about summer fun, as shown in this week’s chosen image taken by Steven Errico. Steven has volunteered his world-class talent to CEF for 8 of CEF’s 9 years, and also accompanied our CEF board members on their recent trip to Cambodia. See more of his extraordinary work on the Getty Images Collection – we’re sure you’ll find many images you could use!


 

Photo of the Week: CEF in Cambodia

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

Compassionate Eye Foundation board members Leah Lockhart, Communications Chair, Sue DickProjects Chair, Dan Rogers, Board Chair, and Michael Glogowsky, Board Member on Projects, are currently in Cambodia to see firsthand the positive changes that are occurring thanks to your continued support. This photograph, which was taken by Leah Lockhart at the Kompong Khleang School, shows the older students putting on a short play explaining the importance of clean water for the visiting CEF and Kids International Development Society members. We hope you continue to stay updated with our board members’ trip via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Photo of the Week: Kompong Khleang, Cambodia

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

In addition to the recent announcement of the Clean Drinking Water project in the Kompong Khleang village in Cambodia, we would like to share this photo of the region where the families are living. The new water system, built with CEF funding by Kids International Development Society (K.I.D.S) will bring clean water to hundreds of children and their families.

Kompong Khleang village

New Project: Kompong Khleang, Cambodia

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

Logo KIDSIn addition to the Sarsadam High School Project, Compassionate Eye Foundation is collaborating with Kids International Development Society (K.I.D.S.) on another project in Cambodia, this time in Kompong Khleang.

Through this project, K.I.D.S. aims to provide an elementary school of approximately 350 students and its community with a clean drinking water system. The current well is of poor water quality and lacks the capacity to provide enough water for drinking and hygiene. The new system will benefit a community of approximately 1,000 people.

This project is expected to be completed in March 2015 and will improve the community’s health and allow the children to focus more time on their education. We look forward to future updates from this exciting new project!

New Project: Sarsadam High School, Cambodia

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

Logo KIDSCompassionate Eye Foundation’s success is, in large part, made possible by our collaboration with organizations like Kids International Development Society (K.I.D.S.). In the past, CEF has worked with K.I.D.S. on various projects in Cambodia to provide communities with clean water, solar powered lights for schools, and a mobile health clinic.

For their latest project, K.I.D.S. again focuses on expanding educational opportunities in Cambodia, specifically the education of girls at Sarsadam High School. This project will build a private women’s washroom for approximately 600 female high school students and their teachers. Presently there are only four squat toilets for the school population of about 1000 students and  there are no private sinks or hygienic cleaning areas. The new washroom will provide students and teachers with more privacy by building squat toilets with cubicles and a wash area. By building this washroom, CEF and K.I.D.S. will improve the attendance and achievement levels of female students and improve the working environment for female teachers.

Sarsadam Elementary and High School

Sarsadam Elementary and High School

The project is expected to be completed in 2015 and will support CEF’s goals of helping to expand educational opportunities and basic health services in developing nations. We look forward to this collaboration and future collaborations with K.I.D.S.

Reflections from our Chair

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Dan Rogers, Board Chair

As we near the end of 2014 we once again asked Dan Rogers to reflect on some of his recent experiences as the Compassionate Eye Foundation board chair:

One of my roles with Compassionate Eye Foundation is to prepare the deposits as we receive cheques in the mail. The deposit book for Canadian dollars is almost finished, so I took a quick look back to August of 2006 when the first deposit was recorded. As I started to flip forward, I was astonished by the people who are recorded in this ledger. Each name reflects someone who has been inspired to give to CEF over the years. It is one (and only one) record of our history of giving and compassion over the past 10 years, but it speaks volumes.

I emphasize “only one” because CEF doesn’t ask for donations in line with the traditional fundraising paradigm. We are different in our fundraising model because we almost exclusively generate “new” revenue. We get donations because people are inspired to give them and we are always grateful. But I’m certain that there are just as many people who have contributed to CEF through time and energy as those that have donated money.

I experienced a great example of that on September 13 when the wonderful photographic artists from Hero Images in Calgary descended on the fabulous office space donated for the day by our own Board member Ryan Bragg. Six board members visited during the day to watch the wizardry spun by these talented and fun loving folks. Hero Images had set aside a full day from their busy schedule to help out CEF and this was all made possible with the expert assistance of Amy Jones, our local producer who just makes magic happen. We on the board talked to the models, the makeup artists, and the assistants about CEF. They wanted to talk about where the money goes and what projects we support; everyone appeared to have a great time.

Later that weekend, several board members firmed up plans to visit one of our great partners, Kids International, in Cambodia in January of 2015. Board members pay their own way to go on these trips, but the reward is incredible. It reinforces why we do what we do and allows us to talk to others about the work that CEF funds, and to tell the story of the connection between the deposit book and the fabulously intricate shoots that are produced across the world.

CEF is both complicated and simple. There are a lot of moving pieces that I (and others) try to keep track of. But really CEF is just about compassion and giving and helping to make lives better in parts of the world where “better” is so modest for some but so huge for others. I love that so many people believe in that simple vision.

Clean Water & Hepatitis Prevention in Cambodia

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Submitted by KIDS, posted by Jennifer Laidlaw, Blog Coordinator

KIDS Cambodian Water project

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day – dedicated to raising global awareness of Hepatitis B and C and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. While the awareness day is focused on viral Hepatitis, we thought we would use it as an opportunity to look at one of our projects dedicated to providing clean drinking water and reducing contractions of a third type of Hepatitis – Hepatitis A – and other water-borne illnesses.

Cambodia water project

In 2013, Compassionate Eye Foundation (CEF) partnered with Kids International Development Society (K.I.D.S.) to bring clean drinking water to hundreds of children and their families in rural Cambodia.

Fifty per cent of rural Cambodia relies on unprotected ponds, rivers and hand-dug wells for their drinking water and there is no access to clean drinking water. Water becomes much more difficult to find during the dry season, and it also becomes more dangerous to drink.

The mortality rate is 83 per 1000, with 56 per cent of post-neonatal deaths due to unhealthy water. Seventy-five per cent of rural Cambodians do not have toilets and there is a high prevalence of Hepatitis A and other water born diseases in Cambodia.

Kids Water Filter

Clean water systems

Clean water is desperately needed in most of rural Cambodia and thanks to Compassionate Eye Foundation, Vancouver K.I.D.S. was able to build a solar-powered water filtration system for a very poor rural elementary school. In this area, the children walk or ride their bikes miles to get to school along very dry, dusty roads. Being able to arrive at school and have a drink of clean water is not only greatly appreciated but vital.

The water system cleans the water through cartridge and sand filters and then an ultra violet light system run by solar panels. As well as providing clean water, the solar panels also bring light to the schools in the evening so the schools can run literacy classes for adults and extra classes for the children. Now children can freely drink clean water during their school day, take some bottles home, and families are also permitted to access the well during the school day for drinking water.

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Water – the greatest gift

For so many of us in the western world, clean water is taken for granted;  however, for the people living in Cambodia it is one of the greatest gifts they can receive. To celebrate the water tower, the villagers came out in the hundreds to give thanks to Compassionate Eye Foundation and KIDS for improving their lives and the lives of their children.

Photo of the Week

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

By Leah Yee, Social Media Coordinator

It’s been just over a year since we finished working with Kids International Development Society (K.I.D.S) on the Cambodian Floating Health Clinic, yet still, every time I look at this photo it brings a smile to my face!

This mobile clinic was built to travel along the Stung Sen River and bring much-needed medical care to the many isolated communities along its shores. This photo was taken by Rick and Adrienne Dartnell, our partners in this project and the founders of K.I.D.S International, soon after its completion.

The Lake Clinic

Solar Powered Water System at the Kauk Chrey School in Cambodia.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

CEF recently funded the building of a solar powered water system to serve Kauk Chrey School in rural Cambodia. The school had struggled with very poor water quality and quantity as theirs was inadequate and contained arsenic and iron. The new system by CEF will serve the approximately 330 children as well as many of their families by providing clean drinking water to the community – affecting about 1000 people in this very poor rice farming area.

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We recently received a letter from our partners at KIDS International who were there for the community celebration as the project was completed:

 

 

“Dear Compassionate Eye Friends,

The solar powered water project is now finished and the community celebrated this great asset for their school and village on February 24th and 25th. The water project went very well, the builders were very committed to doing a good job and the project was done in a timely manner and on budget. The one problem we had was that it took three attempts at drilling the well until the drillers were satisfied with the volume of water but in the end they were successful.

 

The celebration was amazing. The community came out in full force (hundreds of people). There were speeches and many thanks given to everyone who contributed to the water towers that were built for two communities. The commune chiefs, village chiefs and the head of the district education committee especially thanked Compassionate Eye Foundation for funding the water tower for Kauk Chrey school and community. They asked us to pass on their wishes to you all for a long life, good health and many blessings…. 

 

The next morning we went to the blessing (a smaller group of officials and community members). They had a white thread tying together the Compassionate Eye water tower to the platform where the monks were. We sat with the dignitaries and elders in front of the monks while they blessed the water tower and all those that helped bring this water to their community. After the initial blessing the community members lined up to put a spoonful of cooked rice into each monks bowl as well as one other bowl, made of banana leaf, that represented the ancestors and mother nature; this would be buried and go back to the earth. Once this ritual was finished we went back and gave the monks the rice bowls and all had another simple meal together.  

 

The event lasted two days and there were many inspiring speeches. It was very humbling and heartwarming to hear how much they appreciated Compassionate Eye and K.I.D.S. for our efforts in making these water projects possible for their communities…. as the weeks pass and we get deeper and deeper into the dry season, the ponds, ditches and residential wells have all but dried up and the search for water becomes a consuming task for children and families. This basic need for children and their families at Kauk Chrey school has now been met in a way that they could only have dreamed about before. The water is filtered three times and run through a UV light and comes out as clear and clean as water at home.

 

Over the two days of the celebration there was a constant coming and going to the water station during the day as children and people drank, filled their water bottles, containers and washed faces and hands. The smiles on the faces of the school children and villagers during the celebration said it all.

 

So to The Compassionate Eye Foundation and all of you who put in a huge effort to make this project possible, we would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you for your support, commitment and dedication to making a difference and changing lives here and in many other places in the world.

 

In Friendship
Rick and Adrianne”