“Dr. Handa Foundation” Provides Funds For 1,000 Victim Families Who Suffered During The Khmer Rouge Regime
Posted by khmernews on March 15, 2007
Batheay-Kampong Cham: The Dr.Handa Foundation decided to provide 1,000 families of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime during 1975 to 1979 with funds, in Batheay district.
The alms-giving ceremony was held on 30th January, 2007 in Trapang Thea Pagoda’s compound in Me Pring commune, Me Pring district, presided by deputy-Prime Minister Hor Namhong, minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the International Cooperation of Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Leader of World Mate Organization, the president of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture of Japan, president of Dr.Handa Foundation, and the Chancellor of the University of Cambodia.
Dr. Kao Kim Houn, director of the University of Cambodia, said that the Dr.Handa Foundation was an NGO supported by the World Mate Organization in Tokyo, Japan, in which Dr. Harushisa Handa was also the director and that the University of Cambodia was the implementing body here in Cambodia.
Dr. Haruhisa Handa is a Japanese donor who has donated a large amount of his personal savings and funding from his organization to contribute to such developments as constructing and providing support to Sihanouk Hospital, the Center of Hope, orphanages in Phnom Penh and building schools around the country Cambodia. Moreover, Dr. Haruhisa Handa has established a foundation named the “Dr. Handa Foundation” in order support Cambodian victims of the Khmer Rouge regime during 1975 to 1979.
Dr. Kao Kim Houn pointed out the conditions under which people can receive grants from the Dr. Handa Foundation. They must be widows who have suffered from the Khmer Rouge regime by losing their husbands a lot of children during the Khmer Rouge regime, or old widows living alone in poor conditions.
“It is very important to help widows who have lost their husbands and family members and who are responsible for burdens in their present family,” said Dr. Haruhisa Handa. He suggested that people who received these funds live peacefully, do not revenge the Khmer Rouge regime and are not disappointed in the present government’s dealing with the Khmer Rouge’s problem in order to unify the country.
One thousand families of the Victims who suffered during the Khmer Rouge regime from 12 communes of Batheay district received USD100 each.
Recently, the Dr. Handa Foundation provided with the same donation to 203 families from 2 communes in Chbar Mon district of Kampong Speu province and 1,000 families from four districts including S’ang, Takhmao, Kandal Steoung, and Koh Thom of Kandal province.
Dr. Haruhisa Handa said that although the funds can never compensate what people had lost during the Khmer Rouge regime, at least it would help them positively as USD100 is equal to 6 months earnings of people in the countryside in. Batheay district was provided with USD1.3 million from World Mate and USD300,000 of personal donation by Dr. Handa. Dr. Haruhisa Handa said. He claimed that the Dr. Handa Foundation would increase its funds to USD3.3 million to support 20,000 families of the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime around the country, especially old widows living by themselves.
In amicable talks with the people at the ceremony, Deputy-Prime Minister Hor Nam Hong reminded them of the standard living during the Khmer Rouge regime and pointed out that if there was no “7 January(1979)”, millions of people would have died. He also talked to the people about the living standards of Cambodians from liberation day up until now. “Although we suffered from shortages back then, we have stability now and no one has died of hunger yet,” he said.
Extracted from Reaksmey Kampuchea. Vol.15, #4200. Thursday, 01st January, 2007.