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February 2018

Dear friends and partners,

The past two months have been busy with visiting new and ongoing villages in our various project areas. It is such a privilege to see families join our programs – families for whom life is very difficult – families for whom savings are the start of process of hopes and achievements.

One such village is Cha Village in Kompong Channang – a village which we started in a year ago- it’s a beautiful location – an oasis in the midst of rice fields. It is a village where life is exceptionally hard but also a village of great hope and spirit. I have inserted the links to both visits

Kg Channang New Area April 2017 - https://youtu.be/KvfxkulVvug

Kg Channang follow up Visit Feb 2018 - https://youtu.be/t4wObMHtzZo

December 2017

Dear friends and partners,

Good morning to all of you- I have seen pictures of snow and wintery weather from some and high heat and beaches from others. What a wonderful world we live in. This morning I want to take the opportunity to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and the best in the new year.

At Tabitha we are so thankful for this joyous season – we are thankful for the blessings you and us have been able to bring to so many. Our cottage industry program keeps growing providing work and dignity for our ladies – women who were sold into prostitution so many years ago – women who have risen above this sadness to become ladies of strength and courage – women of dignity and hope. So many of you have enabled this to happen trough buying one of their beautiful creations – how good is that! Please watch this short video and hear our best wishes for all of you.

October 2, 2017

Dear friends and partners,

It has been awhile since I have written – my trip to Canada was very good and my daughter Miriam is happily involved in her studies at university – a new beginning for Miriam – it’s also a new beginning for Tabitha – we have finished another year of service to so many families here.

Let me share what we have accomplished this past year and what we hope to achieve in this New Year. WE were blessed to be able to work with 15,546 families with 124,368 dependents through savings. As always there are miracle stories – stories such as Channy and her neighbors. This past year saw them receive a new home from Tabitha – they raised chickens and pigs, collected crabs and ants from the fields- buy bicycles and batteries – so many steps forward to a better life . How good that is!!

 

   

July 2017

Dear friends and partners,

This is a joyful newsletter that I am writing today – so much good news for Tabitha and Nokor Tep – how good that is. So let me share the first piece of good news.

Tabitha Foundation Hong Kong is now a fully registered charity in Hong Kong – with tax deductibility status for donations received. I want to thank Frank and Ariel for their perseverance to follow through a very long and exhausting process – BUT WE MADE IT – I would like all of you to welcome Tabitha Hong Kong by visiting their web site www.tabithahk.org and liking them on their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TabithaHK/ . We are so very grateful and humbled.

May 2017

Dear friends and partners,

This month is a rather emotional month for myself and my daughter Miriam. Miriam graduates from school on May 20th and 10 days later leaves Cambodia for a new adventure in Canada. Yes, my girl is moving on to University – she has been offered and accepted an Honors BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology at the University of Ottawa.  

How can it be that this scrap of humanity – 1.1 kilo at birth- HIV positive- lactose intolerant with a dim future turn out to be such a lovely young lady, ready to prepare herself to – as Miriam says it – I need to give back, mama!

  

 

February 22, 2017

Dear Friends and Partners,

This month I went on a site visit to meet our new families in Kompong Speu. What a lovely day it turned out to be. The weather was perfect, the rice harvest was in and the families were delighted to show us their pass books and their purchases.

Some had bought chickens – but I could see no chickens. Other had bought pigs but I could see no pigs. Where are your animals, I asked. And the chatter began – at 7 in the morning – we turn our animals loose – the pigs go into the fields to forage – they roam far and wide- the chickens roam the surrounding fields. I was a bit dumbfounded – how do you know your own pigs and chickens – the laughter increased at my ignorance - oh, they chortled – they come home when they are hungry – usually when the sun goes down. One wizened grandmother looked me in the eye – my pig sometimes stays out overnight – I think maybe he has a girlfriend.

 

January 2017

Dear friends and partners,

Happy New Year’s everyone – we wish all of you a blessed and wondrous 2017. We started our new year with a trip up country to visit new families and ongoing families. What a lovely day it was. Heng, Srie and I traveled to Takeo to visit a new community of families. It was a day of enjoyment as Heng reveled in walking through the villages – it was day of comforting and a day of new hope – it was a day of celebrating it was a good way to start 2017.

We met with 67 year year old Mao and her neighbors – Mao was saving for pots and pans – at 67 - there were no pots and pans – she had just received her funds and she was excited.

 

Holiday Greetings from Tabitha Cambodia

To all our friends and partners,

On behalf of all of us at Tabitha Cambodia and Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital, thank you for making 2016 a great year. We wish each and every one of you God’s blessings this holiday season and we look forward to standing with you in the 2017.

From Tabitha Cambodia : https://youtu.be/8_wMk_Br8q8

Janne

December 1, 2016

Dear Friends and Partners,

This week the month of December begins. It is a month of anticipation and hope – a month where many around the world celebrate the advent of Christmas – it’s a time when we plan our giving for others and wait in excitement to see what our gifts will be. It is also a time of refection of the year past and looking forward to the New Year that will come. December is an exciting month.

In Cambodia, December is just another month – there is no Christmas – no anticipation. And yet within our Tabitha families every month is one full of anticipation. The family of Lon Hout knows of this excitement. Lon and his wife have seven children – they live meanly in a tiny hut shared with his parents.

 

November 2, 2016

Dear friends and partners,

Yesterday was one of those days that stay in my mind for quite some time. Yesterday I met with 32 families who are in their first and second savings cycles. What made the visit so memorable was the act of stepping back to those difficult years when we began Tabitha.

Getting to the project area was a test in patience – unlike before – traffic has increased a hundred fold and just getting out of the city is a test of its own. Travelling to the community we bounced down a bumpy path until we were confronted by a flood of water. No motorbikes, no cars could enter – just taking off our shoes and walking through thigh high water, stubbing our toes on hidden rocks, sliding uncontrollably in glutinous mud.

 

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