Who are the founders?
The hospital is an initiative launched by Janne Ritskes, the founder of Tabitha; Dr Ing Kantha Pavi, the Cambodian Minister for Women’s Affairs; Mrs Ros Priboun, the mother of Dr Ing; and Mr Trac Thai Sieng, Vice Governor of the city of Phnom Penh.
How much money do we need to raise?
The money will be raised in stages; the first stage which we are in now, is to raise US$8.3m for the land and buildings. We will also need to raise US$14m for equipment and phase 3; training and recruitment will require a further $2m. The hospital will then require US$6.6m for year one operation costs to extend into mobile outreach facilities.
How much money have we raised so far?
We have raised more than $1m allowing us to start the preparation of the ground.
I have heard something about double funding, what was that and is it still happening?
Early in our fund raising we were very fortunate to be given double funding by the DeGroot Foundation up to $0.5m. This meant that for every $1 we raised they gave us $2. This make a significant difference to us reaching the first $1m so quickly.
Have we started to build?
We committed that when we received US$1m we would start the build, a target which we reached in July 2012. All the relevant permits have been received and we are now already building the second floor.
What is the Cambodian government's role in the project?
The Nokor Tep hospital is a private initiative but we endeavour to work with the Cambodian government in what we do. Earlier in 2012 the Cambodian Prime Minister gave his personal sanction to the hospital. The Ministry of Health have also given their sanction to our efforts.
Who is building the hospital and why were they chosen?
The building contract has been awarded to a Malaysian company Jetson – www.jetson.com.my, who are an experienced company in such projects. This was done after a full tendering process and the best contractor was chosen.
When do we expect the hospital to be finished?
The target opening date is the end of 2016
Will it be staffed by Cambodians?
Yes, we have a training budget which will be used to train local staff. We anticipate that we will receive support from medical professionals around the world who are prepared to spend time in Cambodia being part of the training team and in fact Singapore Health have already stated that they are prepared to help us in this.
What is the role of the Nokor Tep Society in Singapore?
Nokor Tep Singapore was established to help raise funding and awareness for the Nokor Tep project. We work hand in hand with Nokor Tep in Cambodia.
What have we done so far in Singapore?
In terms of establishing the team we have an approved foundation already established and we have a committee of volunteers who meet on a regular basis to help raise funds and awareness. We have also held a number of events; a launch party, a 10km walkathon, Party in the Sky (an event run in coordination with the Fry Group), a 10km moonwalk and Fashion evening. In November we are holding our 4th Annual Gala Dinner.
How do we know that the hospital will actually be finished?
Tabitha has a history of delivering on its commitments; already approximately 4 million Cambodians have been able to lift themselves out of the poverty cycle via the Tabitha partnership programme. Our ethos is to keep things simple, minimise our overheads and ensure we put all our efforts into the relevant programmes. We understand the importance of showing people what we have achieved; for example if someone donated a water well, they can have a picture of the specific well they donated. We also really appreciate if people want to go out to the villages and see what we do. Regular reports are produced detailing all the activities and the Foundation is audited in both Singapore and Cambodia. Copies of audited Financial Statements are available on request. Nokor Tep has the same principles.
Where is the hospital?
It is in the Dangkor District of Phnom Penh, which is in a southerly direction from the city centre. The area has many garment factories, employing vast number of women.
How do we know the money will go to the right place?
Tabitha has a history of being very diligent in ensuring all monies received are properly accounted for. We are very aware donors want their gift to go to the specific thing they want to support. Tabitha and Nokor Tep keep overheads to an absolute minimum. No-one is employed outside Cambodia. We have operated in Cambodia for many years and have built a good reputation during that time. This is also recognised on a global basis; earlier in 2012 Janne Ritskes was the recipient of a Veuve Clicquot Initiative for Economic Development Award. The way of working which has been built up in Tabitha over many years will be replicated in Nokor Tep, our reputation is very important to us and to the many people who give their time supporting both Tabitha and Nokor Tep.
What is the wall of caring?
Anyone who donates US$100 will have a brick dedicated to them. Currently you can see all the named bricks on the website www.nokor-tep.net. When the hospital is built all the names will be engraved into a physical wall of caring within the hospital. Donations of more than $5000 are recognised by a memorial plaque. For more details see www.nokor-tep.net
Why is Nokor Tep separate from Tabitha?
We decided that Nokor Tep would need a considerable amount of volunteer support and although completely linked to Tabitha, we felt we would be doing separate fund raising activities hence the decision to establish a separate foundation.
If I meet someone who is interested in Nokor Tep what do I do?