- Rutsuko Yamagishi.. “.. the audience will be engulfed in the world of her music, softly and instantly..”
- Rose Sri Lanka opens its 17th pre-school !
- Rose Charities Social Enterprise and Program Sustainability Committee
- Safe Motherhood Guatemala: highly successful visit..
- Sokny at the International Hand Therapy congress 2013 in India
- NY fun Street Hockey Event 2013: April 27th NYCity ! : Players and Party’ers – all welcome ..
- Master Pianist Rutsuko Yamagishi to play again in Vancouver to help Rose Emergency Relief ! 24th May 2013
- Rose Vietnam Thanh Thien Flower Center: First Tourists Visit !
- Mahatsara School: Madagascar… top grade 5′s in Region !
- Neonatal Resuscitation Course Haiti: March 2013. Linda and Andrew Warner write….
- Rose Charities Sri Lanka microcredit program: nearly 2000 members assisted !
- Bees love their caffeine !
- Rutsuko Yamagishi to play in Vancouver again: May 24 2013
- Volset School Uganda: big heart, happy kids, but great needs…
- Excellence in Education: Uganda Conference March 7-9th 2013
- Rose Charities Canada Jan 2013 Project Forum
- Talented teenager Andrew to make film in Haiti..
- Social Enterprise Seminar -Vancouver
- Rose Charities New Zealand 2012 Newsletter
- Jetting up K2 ! (RoseJet Fund powers up K2K)
- Whats a ‘Social Enterprise’
- Vancouver Cathedral Spring Concert for Tohoku-Japan…
Rutsuko Yamagishi.. “.. the audience will be engulfed in the world of her music, softly and instantly..”
May 22, 2013 – 6:56 pm
“Her centripetal force is exceptional. The audience will be engulfed in the world of her music, softly and instantly. Her interpretation made me feel as if I was listening to the masterful performance of a violin soloist. The musical structure she creates is quite orthodox. In addition to well-balanced sound and linguistic sensitivity, she has the ability to control her performance to directly express what she feelsc Her “La Campanella” by Franz Liszt is simply excellent. It is a musical feast far beyond her technique. One cannot easily find such a great performance.” www.amdacanada.org ” Musica Nova” (Japan), March issue, 2008
May 9, 2013 – 4:08 am
As a result of a load of requests from the parents, teachers and officials of the area, this preschool was planted there as the Sister School of English Language Institute in Kalmunai.
In a rented house with a vast front yard, the preschool was established.
Almost after four months of starting, this preschool shows a promising future in the children’s education.
It has a long menu, with not only preschool education (for kids 3years – 5years of age) but also after school classes (grade 1 – O/Levels), English classes (for kids and adults), scholarship enrichment classes (for grade 4 students) and computer classes (for kids and adults).
At present there are 57 children attending this preschool in which of them 27 are boys and 30 are girls. There are about 60 students attending for the after school classes of English, Maths, Tamil and other necessary subjects.
In the month of March, this year, St.Lawrence Preschool has celebrated its 1st Annual Sports meet with all the students and parents. The fun has not stopped there. The children and teachers with some of the parents went on an excursion in April.
Today, a Computer Lab has been opened in the school for the use of kids and adults.
We hope for the best in providing the education for the community.
May 6, 2013 – 2:13 am
Ken McCance of the new Rose Charities Canada SES (Social Enterprise and Sustainabilty) Committee discusses with Anthony Richard, Director and Co-Founder of Rose Charities Sri Lanka over coffee in Vancouver. Rose Sri Lanka is in the forefront in the Rose Charities network in incorporating sustainability initiatives into programs. Such programs include self sustaining health, social tourism and food distribution initiatives. The very successful Rose Charities Sri Lanka Microcredit program continues to exapand and incorporated new applicants with a very low default rate. Some 2500 persons are now assisted though over 2000 projects.
Other areas of focus for the Committe include Rose Charities Vietnam, Cambodia, Zambia and Uganda
April 25, 2013 – 2:35 am
We have just returned from another amazing time in Guatemala training further comadronas, (a.k.a. traditional birth attendants). We spent 2 weeks in a small town called El Rodeo in the Department of San Marcos. This town is situated in the western portion of Guatemala in the lowlands, near the Mexican border. We trained 55 eager students, the majority being comadronas who have been actively working, and the remainder, equal numbers of aspiring comadronas and volunteer ambulance attendants.
Once again, it was remarkable to see the students so intrigued by what they were learning. Their desire to learn was palpable! One of the important aspects of our training is for each student to do a real life interview and examination of a pregnant woman, to use their new knowledge that they have learned by using models and role playing. One of our comadrona students asked each of her patients to come to our course so that everyone in the course would have the opportunity to do a hands-on interview and exam of a pregnant woman. This was a huge gift for those who did not have a pregnant friend, sister, cousin or neighbour to join them for the private clinic which we set up as part of our course. During our second week, a pregnant student offered to have everyone watch Ruth did a live interview and exam on her as an example for the whole class. Awesome participation!
The course was very well received and we had a wonderful graduation ceremony to celebrate the students completing the 5 day courses. The mayor of El Rodeo supplied a wonderful meal for everyone present. We heard many times how much each student appreciated the course.
Since returning home, our team has already been asked to bring our course to 5 other towns! Our Guatemalan teammates will be teaching 3 of these groups throughout the coming months. We hope to be back in Guatemala for training of Trainers next year so that we can reach many more areas. We were unable to train trainers this year due to logistical issues. Our coordinator is working on getting everything lined up to do this for next Feb. We were also able to have meetings with 3 other NGOs in Guatemala in hopes of finding groups to collaborate with. One of these groups expressed a lot of interest in working together. We hope to find others as well in the coming year.
We were excited to learn that the Minister of Health has asked for a meeting with our group in the near future and there is a real possibility that our project will be used as a model by other groups throughout Guatemala. Cenaida, our Guatemalan coordinator, is well prepared to make a presentation about our project. This will include the concept of having a registry of trained trainers and comadronas, at a national level, and to train all comadronas within Guatemala with our comprehensive hands-on course. We could then begin to divide Guatemala into regions with groups of trainers responsible for specific regions. Once a registry is formed, there could be a way of ensuring that trainers, as well as comadronas have a recertification on a regular basis, to keep everyone up to date. The doctor in charge of the doctors in the Dept. (state) of Sololá will also be present at this meeting to speak on our behalf. He has been a promoter of our course for the past number of years and has seen the benefits of our style of teaching. There will also be a representative of the Sololá Dept. of Development.
Things continue to unfold, and many more areas of Guatemala are still in need of training. Thank you all who have and continue to support this project, helping many Guatemalans learn safe birthing skills and saving lives!
April 16, 2013 – 2:01 pm
Sokny with participants and Evelyn Mackin (in white jacket)
Sokny at the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy congress 2013 in India.
Senior RCRC Physiotherapist, Sokny took to the skies in early March – on his first ever flight – to New Delhi, India.
As the winner of the Evelyn Mackin Award for a therapist from a developing country, RCRC was thrilled that Sokny had this opportunity to take part in this fantastic learning opportunity.
There was a great deal to choose from – as the conference was attended by many health disciplines including specialist hand surgeons. Also present were Occupational Therapists, Prosthetists and Orthotists (POs), Physiotherapists, and researchers.
Sokny focussed on topics that might be of greatest use in Cambodia, and at RCRC. These were wrist instability: splinting or exercise; stabilisation exercise for wrist instability; rehabilitation for patients with burns; thumb instability: surgery, splints or exercise, and consideration of the kinds of splinting material and types of splints. Hand therapy is such a specialist area, and in Cambodia, as elsewhere, so much is at stake if hand use is compromised through injury.
It wasn’t quite all work though, Sokny also grabbed the chance to visit the Taj Mahal!
Sokny – at the Taj Mahal
‘Amazing and fantastic’ is how he summed it up. Sokny is looking forward to the opportunity to pass on his new found knowledge, to his RCRC colleagues and to members of the Cambodian Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).
RCRC is enormously grateful to theInternational Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy, for providing Sokny with an all-expenses paid opportunity to learn so much from others in the field of hand therapy.
April 11, 2013 – 4:16 pm
Master Pianist Rutsuko Yamagishi to play again in Vancouver to help Rose Emergency Relief ! 24th May 2013
April 11, 2013 – 3:09 pm
April 3, 2013 – 8:05 am
Thanh Thien Village Ornamental Flower Center has seen its first tourist visit. Thanh Thien was historially the traditional royal village which made the fabric flowers for the kings and queens of Vietnam. This skilled art of hand-crafting delicate work, needing specialized tools and instruments, themselves made by the villagers had been all but lost. Rose Vietnam has helped to revive the cottage-industry, and introduce it to tourists, who are able both to see, as well as to try their hand at the process themselves. A visitor centre has been established and a small shop where flower kits and other souvenirs may be purchased.
March 28, 2013 – 3:41 am
Lying around 5 hours drive (200 km) north east of Antananarivo, is village of Mahatsara. The school there founded by Bina Andriamanjato is supported also by group of Canadian students and ex students who joined up their project with Rose Charities Canada
The Mahatsara School provides Quality Education to over 100 students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend school. In 2012 the grade 5 students won top place in the region. In addition all 27 grade 9 students passed the difficult National High School Entrance Exam, to receive their Junior Dipolmas. This is very important as it is the gateway to higher education in Madagascar.
The kids at Mahatsara form are a happy and energetic congregation ranging from young to mid teens.
There is a school community garden project cultivated by parents, students and other community members. There is a lunch nutrition program to ensure each child receives at least one healthy meal per day, and a Mahatsara Parents Association which is a real driving force behind the school.
The school runs a community library; books are very expensive in Madagascar and most have been donated by international volunteers. Sports programs are also organized: in 2011 the basketball team made it to the regional finals. The school has taken students on several field trips in the surrounding area. Among the most significant field trips has been a trip to the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo through which older students at the school had the opportunity to see the capital and tour the University. For most students, this was their first trip to Antananarivo.
Health education: Mahatsara organizes community health education sessions at the request of community members. These sessions may include dental hygiene, sex education, nutritional training and home safety (ie the hazards of cooking on a fire indoors)
Finally a Mahatsara store is organized, selling school supplies and other small items to community members who can afford them. All proceeds are put back into the project.
March 23, 2013 – 4:27 pm
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Linda-Hard to believe I am back in Port-au-Prince for the fourth time since the big earthquake in January of 2010. I am grateful to be part of a Rose Charities sustainable project to facilitate a neonatal resuscitation course, as previously requested by many health care professionals in Haiti. On my trip last year I saw firsthand the need for neonatal support, as 5 babies died on my unit in a week at the hospital. Even though the care there was excellent, financial resources are limited, and the staff can benefit from supportive education, equipment and facilitation of resources. Rose Charities is building upon several other trips of surveying Haitian doctors and nurses, networking and teaching certification classes to now offer another day of certifying several trainers, and two full days of teaching a standardized neonatal resuscitation course to approximately 70 nurses and doctors from various hospitals in Haiti to improve care for infants and neonates in Haiti. I am thrilled to have my 15 year old son Andrew with me filming a documentary about this project, and he is very excited to be here (it is great he speaks French!). My heart was warm as we flew in today, and I was pleased to see that the airport has been completely renovated since I was here last April, further evidence that positive change is possible and it is real.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
Andrew - Today was “preparation day” for the big week ahead. I have to say it feels weird staying in an almost resort-looking type of place, when there’s so much else outside these gates that I am blind to. I was expecting to arrive at a dirt airport, then drive over to some small house to sleep on the floors. As per usual in life, nothing is as expected. First of all the airport had a baggage system similar to ours with air-conditioned rooms and even a duty-free store, and considering I was expecting rubble, this was a huge difference. My mom said there have been huge renovations since she was here last, which seems like a good thing. Living in this… Resort/Hotel/Lodge… When there is so much poverty outside, feels wrong. I would feel so much better if I wasn’t so secluded from everyone, I wish I could live with the people rather than safely here. I have to say today was very relaxing though, it gave me a chance to rest from travel before the interviews ahead. I am so relieved to finally be able to stay in this beautiful country of Haiti, however even here, I am still facing first world problems and sometimes don’t realize that I am making them. Things like ” no wifi ” and ” uncharged electronics” really make me feel bad when I see people who have hardly anything living in tiny tents and sheds. I am excited for the week ahead and can’t wait to see and explore more of this amazing country.
Wed, March 13, 2013
Linda-the teaching has begun and we are bursting at the seams, having had to turn away many doctors and nurses from this neonatal resuscitation course. The first day was “training the trainers”, 11 doctors and nurses who are assisting with two full days of teaching fresh students! This was a crazy day…on a break we were getting a tour of the hospital and happened upon a 27 week old premie that was blue and in severe distress. Our team sprang into action and got that baby’s little heart beating again! Sadly, the baby will not likely make it as there are many other complications, but it was a good team effort, and reminder of what is possible with adequate education and equipment.
Today was a full day of teaching doctors and nurses the NRP course, and we put to good use the trainers we taught on the first day. The students are so keen and appreciative of the course it is a joy to facilitate! Andrew and Michael interviewed the head of Pediatrics along with a nurse and 2 pediatric residents, who they had very distinct and insightful observations about health care in Haiti and how best to support it (stay tuned!).
Tonight I ate giraumon (pumpkin) soup, a Haitian specialty dish, and it was delicious! Although I am not a beer fan, I am loving the Haitian beer Prestige in the heat after a long day! My sister and nephew tried to order the Haitian delicacy of cabrite, or goat, but alas they were out . We also met up with Einstein Albert, who brought his beautiful Haitian bowls to sell. My new friends Doctors Marie-Josee and Genevieve from Montreal have been amazing instructors of the NRP course, and on top of keeping me in stitches have improved my French immensely!
Friday, March 15th, 2013
Andrew- this week was great. Tuesday, started us off filming at Dr. Lerebours’ office at Hopital Communaute Haitienne, where my mother worked right after the earthquake. Had a great interview with her and it was awesome to see her perspective. She also brought in a family with a Down’s syndrome child for me to interview. After about an hour we went with Jackie LeBrom on a tour around the city. Having lived in Haiti for around 15 years as a tour guide, she really knows her stuff. It was really awesome to see how much history that the country has, and yet very few realize it or even appreciate it. Haiti really is more beautiful than people realize. It is also a country with so any opposites, like poverty and beauty, people in desperation and people with hope. The sights, smells and sounds are also very intense and contradictory, like the smell of delicious food at the same time as rotting garbage piled high on the sidewalk. I kept thinking there was a fire outside every day until I realized it was the coal they cook with as so many of them do not have ovens, let alone homes. I watched a group burn tires as an act of protest. I thought that in a country with a culture so unique to the rest, even the protesters were different from any I have ever heard of. I had a good interview later with Jackie, especially with her outside perspectives.
The next day we spent filming RoseCharities’ neonatal resuscitation program interviewing students and doctors all around. It was an experience unlike any other to be able to feel progress almost as if it were tangible, mainly because the impact is so lasting, and the students in theclass were so appreciative. I am also so thankful for our healthcare here in Canada. I have to say it is crazy to be able to watch this develop as we are educating future pediatricians and doctors to actually be able to save babies’ lives when it wasn’t always possible before.
Now we are in Wahoo Bay, enjoying the ocean’s wind and the marvellous sunset, here is truly one of the places where Haitian beauty is easily seen.
Monday, March 18th, 2013
Linda-well, we took the weekend off to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of Haiti and the turquoise sea at Wahoo Bay! Beautiful gardens, fresh seafood, friendly people, Haitian music and lots of time to relax! Unfortunately, Andrew had gastro for half of the weekend, but my little filmmaker has been a real trooper! Wahoo Bay is about an hour from Port-au-Prince, and the resort is part of a rebranding program for emphasizing the positive facets of Haiti, for which there are many. As we have traveled through the streets, I am thrilled to see so much improvement and development since I was here following the earthquake three years ago! Many foreign countries have been frustrated with not seeing immediate change in response to a lot of donations, but in a country with little infrastructure one needs to have patience, and more importantly, faith. The people here have such a desire to participate in change, but it takes time, money, education, facilitation of skills and equipment, and above all, it is important to ask the Haitians themselves their priorities and needs, instead of a multitude of well meaning NGOs storming in with contradictory ideas and assumptions. It’s all about empowerment. The philosophy with Rose Charities has been focused on “a hand up, not a hand out” and “teaching a man to fish”, based on a needs assessment survey to the Haitians themselves, and that is why I am proud to be part of this project.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013-Lespwa
Linda-these are the faces, the hearts that haunt my soul…the reason I come back to Haiti…again, and again, and again, and again. Since visiting the beauty of the sea on the weekend, we have traveled to film at several hospitals in Port-au-Prince. We interviewed nurses, pediatricians and medical directors, along with families whose children have conditions that are usually treatable, fixable, or preventable in Canada. We wanted to assess the greatest needs for health care according to the people of Haiti, and to gain insight as to how we can best support that as a country, as a charity organization, and as fortunate human beings that are blessed to have just been born in a different place.
As much as my friends back home have nicknamed me “the Icewoman” for rarely shedding a tear back home, I cannot say the same is true in Haiti. It broke my heart to see children with hydrocephalus (swelling on the brain) that could have been easily prevented with access to a neurosurgeon, to see babies with disease related to malnutrition simply because they were starving, children with typhoid or other vaccine preventable diseases, and babies that didn’t survive simply because the doctors and nurses who are keen to learn do not have the training or the equipment to save these lives. The little baby I hold in the photo above has spina bifida, and his surgery was delayed for over a month because Haiti has no pediatric neurosurgeons. The worried mom was overjoyed when I told her my beautiful 17 year old niece Katie also has spina bifida, and has a wonderful life, playing sports and doing well at school with a gazillion friends, and that she even just got her driver’s license with an adapted car! Our discussion gave this mom hope, which in Creole is “lespwa”, and that is the basis of survival for this nation.