I am not sure your article on the withdrawal of our
organization from Cambodia operations quite conveys the sadness of the
Cambodia has at least 100,000 people with serious eye
problems. Around 12,000 new cataract cases evolve per year. The combined
government, private and NGO sectors can't keep up with the need. The ROSE
Charities B.C. Kien Khleang Eye clinic was, this time last year, operating free
on around 1,600 cases per year.
Its standards had been attested to by at
least three international ophthalmic consultants from Nepal, the USA, and the UK
respectively. It had been established with donations from Australia, Canada, UK
and other countries, some through funds from their Embassies to help with
development of the country.
The clinic is now a gutted shell. Wall plug
sockets removed from walls, fans from ceilings, even plants and cement furniture
from the small garden where post-op recovery patients would sit in the
The sacking was carried out by Dr Jim Gollogly for motive(s) hard
to comprehend; the sufferers: the poor, blind of Cambodia.
- William Grut, Board director ROSE Charities B.C.