The Queen Mother’s
Donation Changes Lives
In 1996, the late King Norodom Sihanouk asked for an NGO to come to Cambodia and build a hospital for the poor. At the time, Cambodia was still reeling from the destruction of infrastructure governmental systems during the Khmer Rouge genocide, ongoing political instability, and colossal health and social needs.
SHCH is the fulfillment of the King’s wish and takes its name in his honor. Now over 20 years later, the Cambodian royal family continues to support and value SHCH, visiting often and donating regularly. Her Majesty Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, the wife of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, is one of our most vocal supporters.
Each year, SHCH senior management is invited to the Royal Palace to update the Queen about the hospital’s progress and the impact our services have had on the poor. As is tradition, the Queen makes her annual donation during this meeting, usually USD $10,000.
This year, on 29 June 2018, the Queen was so impressed with the growth and improvements SHCH has made over the past year that she doubled her donation to USD $20,000. The Queen spoke with our CEO Dr. Sopheak and expressed her gratitude for the hospital’s commitment to the poor in her country. She shared her appreciation for all of the hard work that SHCH staff put in each day, and for the international volunteers who come from all over the globe to help her people.
The Queen even remarked that when she’d received the hospital’s 2017 Annual Report she stayed up half the night to finish it cover to cover. “You provide fantastic service to the poor,” she concluded.
Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE is the first and longest-running hospital to provide free care to the poor in Cambodia. We are acknowledged by the Cambodian Royal Family, national Government, donors and volunteers throughout the world, and of course the Khmer people.
as of December 2020
The great sadness of losing Founding Board Members,
Chairperson of Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE
Bernard Krisher, chairman of World Assistance for Cambodia, Founding Board Member, Chairman of Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, publisher of The Cambodia Daily, and former Newsweek Tokyo bureau chief, died on March 5 at a hospital in Tokyo.
He was 87.
Krisher founded nonprofits that built schools and a hospital. His rural school's project has, to date, built over 560 state schools across every province.
The projects that became closest to his heart were the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE that provides free medical care to the poor and an educational center for foster children, orphans, and children from remote villages that don’t have a high school.
It is with great sadness losing a remarkable man who devoted his life to the Cambodian people. Our hospital leaders and staff express our gratitude sympathy and respect.
I truly appreciate the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE, which has been providing free treatment to poor and needy patients for more than 20 years.
The hospital honors the surname of His Majesty the King Father Norodom Sihanouk, who lives on in the hearts of poor Cambodians throughout the Kingdom.
I regularly provide generous gifts to support life-saving care for poor patients at SHCH and encourage the Ministry of Health to continue to cooperate with the hospital, helping the poor in need.
I hope that the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE will have lasting sustainability for the Cambodian people.
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