Recipients

Since 2003, Hearts That Help has been supporting causes to improve the health and education systems of Cambodia. We have continually supported Angkor Hospital for Children and have over the years held special fundraisers to benefit causes in Haiti, Vietnam and the U.S. Most recently our work has been devoted to rural outreach to bring health education, preventive care and emergency treatment to families in outlying areas of Cambodia, without means of transportation. And across all of our support has been the critical need for education and training.

Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC website) opened in February 1999 with a mission to provide free care for children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and its outlying villages. We first met hospital founder, Kenro Izu and the first Executive Director, Jon Morgan when they visited Rhode Island in 1998 to introduce the building project to supporters. Since 1999 over 1,000,000 children have been treated with nearly 400 children a day for outpatient treatment alone. Friends Without a Border was formed at the same time to provide support; please see the short update here:

We have witnessed the work onsite at the hospital and year to year have closely watched the AHC vision mature in its care of young patients . From educating on the importance of regular doctor’s visits to ER treatment of burn victims AHC has become a premiere model of modern pediatrics through indigenous training of medical professionals. Beginning in 2012 Hearts That Help funded multiple programs for AHC’s Capacity Building and Health Education Program. (More can be found here: CBHEP summary activities.)

The result? In the last 13 years Cambodia has reduced its mortality rate of children under 5, from 1 in 5 children, to 1 in 20. While still sharply below that of developed countries, our targeted funding is working.

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1267478_10151868972170982_1578564553_oThe Lake Clinic (TLC website) was founded by Dr. Jon Morgan, former Executive Director of AHC, who witnessed the need for direct onsite care in Cambodia’s floating villages. Families who live on the Tonle Sap often do not seek medical treatment because of their remote living. Jon has devoted this new chapter of his career to building floating clinics that transport doctors and nurses directly. Now that’s imaginative house calls! Hearts That Help gladly started to support TLC in 2013.

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casfThe Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Foundation (CASF website) has been a leader in educating the most vulnerable population in Cambodia–beautiful girls. After meeting founders Fred and Kitty Lipp many years ago, we have admired and supported their work to help Cambodian girls rise above severe poverty to gain an education. Girls are the first to be pulled out of school, with the biggest rate occurring in 5th grade. Girls are systematically sold into the sex industry which is horrendously rampant in Cambodia. Their work and that of many volunteers involved in the Cambodian Arts and Scholarship Foundation has provided the complete funding for girls to become through college. Their stories of success are remarkable!Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 12.49.10 PM

Join us in helping them find and support deserving girls so they can escape abuse and ignorance. With the love of Hearts That Help, we are thrilled to join CASF in helping to educate girls into a life of independence, pride and social worth–the butterflies that they’re meant to be!

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