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Hospital funding plummets

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A woman takes her child to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital near Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Wednesday. Hean Rangsey

Hospital funding plummets

Funding for the Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation in February has significantly decreased compared to January.

The foundation’s press release on March 17 reported that in February the foundation had received donations of only 304,318,100 riel and $189,018, while in January donations had been 2,305,085,600 riel and $2,460,020 respectively.

Only 5,365 donations were received in February including four from honourary members, 4,698 from supporting members, 663 from other people and money through three fundraising centres.

The number of people who contributed in January totalled 16,097 including 24 honourary members, 15,257 supporting members, and 816 other people. Other donations came from entrance fees for visiting the Angkor archaeological park in the fourth quarter of 2020 and money donated through four fundraising places.

“The foundation would also like to encourage local people and those from abroad to continue to donate as follows: honorary members from 20,000,000 riel [$5,000] per year, support members 5,000 riel per month or 60,000 riel per year,” the press release added.

Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation said that by continuing to donate in the spirit of Khmer helping Khmer would support and ensure the sustainability of all the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital’s operations with efficiency and quality.

“The organisation would like to deeply thank all donors who always donate money to support and ensure the sustainability of all five Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals to improve the well-being of children and infants in Cambodia,” the press release said.

The foundation secretary has also encouraged philanthropists to continue to donate through free donation services at ABA Bank, ACLEDA Bank, Canadia Bank, Chip Mong Bank, Sathapana Bank, Wing Specialised Bank and True Money Agency or by phone: 061 70 1111.

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