Monday, November 26, 2018

Paying it Forward

We often arrange for people to pass on donations from 100 Friends to the needy in different countries.  In the photo below our Filipino friend Regine is helping a homeless grandmother on the streets of Angeles in The Philippines. We have done hundreds of these "Paying it Forward" cases since we first started.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Grandma Choun Kim from CambodiaGrand





Children Bridge Organization                   100 Friends Project

Grandma  Choun Kim

  1. Background
Grandma Choun Kim is the oldest woman in Andong Thmey community. She is ninety- four years old. She had four daughters. She lived with second daughter in Andong Thmey village, Sangkat Korkroka, Khan Prek Pnov, Phnom Penh. But now, she cannot anything   because she had blood pressure and cripple. Grandma only slept in the bed outside her house. Her daughter used the old blankets hung around the sleeping bed instead of curtain to protect the sun heat. Grandma Choun Kim lived through Khmer regime. She lived with her serious life by Pol Pot forced her to work over the time and over her power until she was a cripple then Pol Pot forced her and threatened her to kill in the field by using the reason why she cannot work and be lazy, but she had no enough food to support her life. She got cripple for three years during Pol Pot regime because she worked over power and time every day. After that she was better until she was nine two years old. Grandma Choun Kim got serious sickness till the present. Her daughter is housewife and staying at home to look after her mother.  Her husband  is motor driver he earned around 20 000 riels per day he need to spend much for his family such as foods, water, electricity, sending children to school and medicine for grandma every day. 



  1. Recent problems


Grandma Choun Kim has blood pressure and she is paralyzed and laying in bed for many years.  She sleeps in the bed under the balcony in front of house where the sun heats in the day time.  Grandma Choun Kim can eat some food and drinks. She takes  blood pressure medicine and calcium medicine to support her health every day.   
  1. 100 Friends Support
Grandma Choun Kim is really happy and excited that she got offering stuff such as fan, sleeping mat, mosquito net, clothing and her life feels better . Grandma Choun Kim  smiled and said in the soft voice that “ I am really happy and excited. Thank you so much to all donors who feel kind to offer stuff and provided the medicine to support her life. I wish all the best”.


 MEDICOLAT 20 mg (Medicine for blood pressure)
Grandma takes the blood pressure medicine everyday.










Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mr. Tam - Vietnamese recipient of wheelchair and funds for basic living expenses

Hoang Quyet Tam was born in Thanh Hoa Province. He is a military veteran and served in the army from 1970 to 1978 in the B war zone from Quang Tri to Tay Ninh Provinces, one of the most heavily bombed areas. When he returned from war, he worked as a driver, but unfortunately his legs got weaker and he became fully paralyzed about 10 years ago. 
His wife is also a military veteran, and they got married but did not have children. It was not until he got a health check up that he was found to be affected by Agent Orange dioxin. Both of them are now unable to work due to their deteriorating health condition, so they live on a government subsidy that provides 3 million VND per month ($128 USD).

Hello Mr. MARC GOLD,  I am Hoang Quyet Tam, I have received your precious help. I am very happy and grateful, please let me call you a kind-hearted friend.  I asked Ms. Ngo Thuy Hanh to send you the photos of my wife and me and a thank you letter, I wish you good health and success!  Sincerely,  Hoang Quyet Tam






Friday, October 12, 2018

100 Friends just purchased 1000 wheelchairs for rural poor in Vietnam

Hoang Quyet Tam was born in Thanh Hoa Province. He is a military veteran and served in the army from 1970 to 1978 in the B war zone from Quang Tri to Tay Ninh Provinces, one of the most heavily bombed areas. When he returned from war, he worked as a driver, but unfortunately his legs got weaker and he became fully paralyzed about 10 years ago.

His wife is also a military veteran, and they got married but did not have children. It was not until he got a health check up that he was found to be affected by Agent Orange dioxin. Both of them are now unable to work due to their deteriorating health condition, so they live on a government subsidy that provides 3 million VND per month ($128 USD).

If they were healthy, that money would be enough for them to survive, but Tam has to spend most of the money on his medical costs, including medicinefor stomach and back pain and treatment for his high blood pressure and liver problems. Recently there were many family events that require money, including funerals and weddings, and he shared that he often struggled financially.Tam’s friends have tried to help him because they feel sorry for him. They were able to give him a wheelchair before, but it broke.Today he is so happy to receive a good wheelchair. He thinks that it is very strong, and it will replace his legs to make him mobile again and help him to not to drag on the floor any more. Thank you so much for your kindness and big heart that has helped this man so much, wheelchair sponsor!

Dear Marc,

It is so nice of you, Marc. Actually I was very moved when I met and talked with Hoang Quyet Tam, I did not have much money but anytime traveling and meeting with poor or disabled people,  I always give them 200,000 VND, I also did it with Uncle Tam after our conversation, he did wear a very old and torn shirt, I wished that he could be somewhere in Hanoi so that I could give him some shirts sometimes as we did receive secondhand clothes often from experts who leave Vietnam for their home country.

If you would like to send money to him, I have his address and phone number, I can transfer to him through post office which is the closest to his house so his wife can receive it.

I could not know how to express my feelings at the moment but I am very grateful to your big heart, Marc!

Wishing you a good health to do a good job to help people in need all around the world!

Kindest regards,

Hanh

Dear Hanh,

Thank you for sending me more information about Hoang Quyet Tam. I would like to send 3,000,000 VND to Hoang Quyet Tam and his wife ($128 USD). 

If this seems excessive or inappropriate in any way, please let me know but I assume that this is okay.

Let me know and then I will send these funds to the HSCV address in Minnesota. Then you can transfer these donation to him through the post office which is the closest to his house so his wife can receive it.

Best always,

Marc 

Wheelchair photos in Vietnam:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/z9HEBxzzUyWutiLG8

Friday, September 14, 2018

help for Lao Monk

From our Lao friend Somdy told us about this sick monk we were able to raise $500 for his surgery. Here are photo,, before and after photos here:



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Marc Gold travels Asia paying it forward through little acts of kindness

Marc Gold travels Asia paying it forward through little acts of kindness 

'Shoestring philanthropist' Gold pairs tiny but powerful donations with acts of kindness
Tibor Krausz
Marc Gold, a retired college professor from San Francisco, poses in a Bangkok slum with some of the Muslim Thai children whose education he helps to sponsor. ‘I thought you had to be rich to do such things,’ he says of his charitable giving, then ‘I realized I had the power to help change people’s lives.’
Marc Gold spends most of his time on the road. One month he may be in India or Afghanistan; the next he's in Cambodia or Vietnam, both of which he's visited numerous times.
But he doesn't travel to see the sights. The retired community-college professor from San Francisco pursues his own brand of tourism: philanthropic travel.
"I go where the poor people are," Mr. Gold says.
He slogs muddy dirt tracks to far-flung Tibetan villages, scouts garbage heaps teeming with destitute scavengers in Indo­nesia, and legs it around slums in India.
Everywhere he goes, Gold performs acts of kindness, both random and preplanned. He hands out soccer balls and art supplies to children at a Tibetan orphanage. He helps an elderly scavenger in SulawesiIndonesia, open a small grocery store. He buys a year's supply of rice for battered women at a shelter in Jaipur, India.
He rarely spends more than a few hundred dollars. "For people who live on a dollar or less a day, $50 can make a big difference," says Gold, who has been dubbed "the shoestring philanthropist."
As little as $10, he adds, can get a poor child into school. "Imagine saving a woman's life for a dollar, the price of a candy bar [in the US]," he says.
He may have done that in 1989. While visiting Darjeeling in the Indian Himalayas as a tourist, he befriended a young Tibetan refugee and his wife, who kept nursing her ears. Gold, who trained as a psychiatrist, thought she could have a serious ear infection. He found her a doctor and paid for antibiotics, which cost $1. Another $30 got her a hearing aid. She squealed with delight at being able to hear again.
That led to an epiphany. "I'd thought you had to be rich to do such things," he recalls. "I realized I had the power to help change people's lives."
Back home, he asked a hundred friends for small donations and was soon back in India with $2,200. He then set up a nonprofit charity and called it 100 Friends.
Two decades later, 100 Friends has some 4,000 members worldwide, and last year Gold raised $200,000. He continues fundraising via his portable office: a laptop, a digital camera, and a cellphone.
"This is 80 percent of what I own," Gold says during a stopover in Bangkok, pointing at two duffel bags stuffed with his clothes, dog-eared paperbacks, and his large collection of wacky rubber masks.The latter he uses for clowning around with children from Tibet to Thailand. "I don't need much, and I'm free."
A divorcee with two adult sons, Gold took early retirement in 2003 and began devoting himself full time to his mission.
"He focuses on the bang for the buck," says Shon Pistoll, a musician from Philadelphia who accompanied the itinerant philanthropist on his recent six-week trip to India, Gold's 13th visit there. "A donation goes straight from his hand to the hands of people who need it most."
Gold once put a 50 cent piece to good use. It was from a fifth-grader in Los Angeles, who gave Gold his lunch money. He took the coin to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he spent it on a pair of flip-flips for a street child he saw walking around barefoot. The most he's ever spent was also in Afghanistan: $20,000 to build a school in the war-torn country.
He's also built schools in Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Burma (Myanmar). He's helped stock libraries in Vietnam, India, Tibet, and Indonesia. He bought warm blankets for orphans in Malawi in Africa and paid for 500 wheelchairs for disabled people in Vietnam. In Cambodia, he sent a young land-mine victim to vocational training so he wouldn't end up as a beggar. In Nepal, he sponsors 150 young girls, at the price of one goat each, to keep them from being hired out into bonded slavery by their parents.
"Marc has saved me and my family," says Lhamo, a young Tibetan woman who first met Gold near her hometown in China's vast hinterland. "If not for him, I would have spent my whole life [in poverty] on a farm."
Instead, Lhamo has completed a two-year college program in China. Next September she will continue her studies on a scholarship in California. Her younger brother is in school, too. "Marc encourages me to study hard. He's been like a father to me," Lhamo says.
"I want to enable people to support themselves," Gold says.
His help comes with a string attached.
"I have this principle that people have to pay me back – by helping others, by paying it forward," he says.
A man in Calcutta, whose broken-down rickshaw Gold repaired, now takes nuns from Mother Teresa's local mission on their charity rounds free of charge. A fisherman in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, whose boat Gold restored after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004, gives away some of his catch to poor families.
"Marc told me not to try and save the world," says Dwight Turner, a teacher from Atlanta who was inspired by Gold's work and now runs his own volunteer project for children in Bangkok slums. "He said, 'Help the people you can.' "
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Paying it Forward

We often arrange for people to pass on donations from 100 Friends to the needy in different countries.  In the photo below our Filipino frie...