Dr. Handa Donates Us$50,000 and Plans to Give US$300,000 to CRC
Nov 12th, 2009| By admin | Category: Uncategorized
The Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) President Lok Chum Teav Bun Rany Hun Sen has received US$50,000 from Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Advisor to the Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, President and Founder of International Foundation for Arts and Culture in Tokyo, Japan, and Chancellor of The University of Cambodia (UC).
The donation ceremony was held on October 8 at the Cambodian Red Cross office in Phnom Penh, attended by Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Personal Advisor to the Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and President of The University of Cambodia. The US$50,000 donation received by the Cambodian Red Cross and donated by Dr. Haruhisa Handa will be used for aid to the flood victims who have recently been affected by Typhoon Ketsana. The aftermath of this typhoon caused the death of 15 villagers and damaged many houses.
The Typhoon Ketsana especially hit hard in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchay, Rattankiri, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom and Kratie. A total of 223 villages have been flooded and 476 houses
have been destroyed in only Kampong Thom province.
During the handing over of the donation, President Lok Chum Teav Bun Rany Hun Sen expressed her
gratitude to Dr. Haruhisa Handa, who has giving a lot of support to Cambodia in the past, especially to Cambodian citizens through the Cambodian Red Cross. President Bun Rany Hun Sen stated that the support of Japanese government, her people and many Japanese development organizations have played a significant role in developing Cambodia. Japanese foundations have been on the forefront of developments in Cambodia on the
areas of education and infrastructural improvements. She further stated that the Japanese Red Cross has assisted the Cambodian Red Cross on many occasions. Responding to the Cambodian Red Cross President, Dr. Haruhisa Handa stated that he felt that it was a high honor to meet personally with Lok Chum Teav Bun Rany Hun Sen. He further stated that is strongly sympathized with Cambodians, especially at this moment in time, when so many have suffered from the effects of Typhoon Ketsana, he has donated US$50,000 to the Cambodian Red Cross to use for help to the flooded victims in these difficult times. Through previous discussions and suggestion from Lok Chum Teav Bun Rany Hun Sen inspired by previous experiences, the International Foundation for Arts and Culture in Tokyo, Japan is to provide clean water wells, and provide micro credits to disabled people and widowed women.
The micro credits make a significant improvement to the standard of live of Cambodian civilians. The Cambodian Red Cross will assist the people with setting up their own handicrafts projects and small businesses, so that they will be able to sustain themselves and gain a permanent increase in living standards.
After Lok Chum Teav Bun Rany Hun Sen discussed these different projects, Dr. Haruhisa Handa decided
to provide US$300,000 on a yearly basis for consective10 years to the Cambodian Red Cross, and the providing the fund is based on management of Lok Chum Teav Bun Rany. Lok Chum Teav Bun Rany Hun Sen responded by saying that the budget of US$300,000 a year will be divided over the micro credit project and the clean water project. US$250,000 will be used for building the clean water wells in cities and provinces, and another US$50,000 will be using for providing loans without charging interest to disabled people and widow women. (SEAW)
World Mate Pledges to Further Assist CRC
A Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) between the Cambodian Red Cross and the World Mate was inked here Wednesday by Cambodian Red Cross President Lok Chumteav Bun Rany Hun Sen and World Mate President Dr. Haruhisa Handa.
Under the signed MOU, the World Mate will provide USD 3 million for a 10-year period to Cambodian Red Cross including USD 250,000 for clean water project and another USD 50,000 as non-interest loans annually to Cambodian landmine handicapped people and widows.
The project will be implemented from April 2010 to December 2019.
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