Tabitha Foundation is a non-profit organisation seeking to help suffering families in Cambodia.


Tabitha's aim is to reach out to the despairing in their communities and help them to address their own needs in a holistic and sustainable way. Community development is achieved by encouraging personal savings, providing employment and income by teaching and selling Cambodian handcrafted items, and house-building by volunteers for families who cannot afford a home. Thereby transforming lives to fruitfulness with dignity!

100% of donations are applied to the programs in Cambodia - ZERO overheads!

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Cambodian Student Housebuilders A Young Housebuilder The first learning outcome I would like to address is 'undertaking new challenges'. The phrase new challenges before meant little to me; it meant taking on new things and just experimenting with possibilities, example sports and languages. However, the orientation at the Tabitha main headquarters led me to a realization that the term new challenges is far broader than I had thought it was, and can also be used to describe a change in lifestyle. The one most important thing that was demanded from us house builders was respect. Respect. True, as the founder of the organization had said, our generation is a rather spoilt generation. We do not fully understand the word respect, and nor can we fully understand what hardships in life really meant. The fact that the one thing she had stressed on was just respect really surprised me, and my first reaction was that even without having to stress on it, respect is needed wherever we go and for whatever we do and that it was obvious. I did not realize, though, the gravity of the term, until the one hour long orientation was over, and until I started to grasp the reason behind her words. Thus, I concluded that being respectful is the most important 'new challenge' in this activity. Compared to this, the nailing of floorboards - my previous 'new challenge' - seems rather insignificant. Read the Full Story
Tabitha People - Janne Ritskes "Selling all that I had to establish Tabitha Cambodia left me wondering how it would all work out. Three months later, the cupboard was bare. There was no money. It was almost over before it started. Then the miracles began." - Janne Ritskes, Tabitha Founder, 1995 You may wonder how a single woman from Canada planted herself in the middle of Phnom Penh in 1994 to create what is now Tabitha Cambodia. In the first of a series of articles introducing some of the key people in Tabitha Cambodia, we go back to the beginnings of Tabitha to meet founder, Janne Ritskes. Janne was born the ninth child of a large family in Holland, and immigrated with them to Canada in 1951. Her experiences in an immigrant family environment, and through helping fellow migrants establish themselves in a new home, led her to discover her passion for development work. Read the Full Story
Letter from Janne - March 2014 Dear friends and partners, Yesterday my daughter Miriam and I went out to the projects – Miriam for a class assignment – myself to check on some of our work. It is the time of year when Miriam begins asking about what I want for my birthday – it’s a conversation we have each year – my birthday is in April and coincides with Easter. My normal quick response is a hug and a kiss – a response that my girl just ignores – what do you really want? As Miriam was taking pictures for her school assignment – her empathy for the people in our communities – for the children – leave her emotionally drained – “They are so very beautiful – they are so poor – why mama, why?” Read the Full Story
Kep building team nails it It was a bleak, wet and windy Perth that we left behind for the heat and humidity of Phnom Penh.  But I was prepared, because I'd done it before - albeit once, back in 2005. There were a few days of relaxation, meeting new building team members, catching up with those we've met here before.  There was a definite sense of anticipation as we prepared to head to this trip's building destination - Kep, in Kompot Province. As our convoy of mini buses made their way towards the coast, we made a quick bathroom stop.  It was the first encounter with a squat toilet for some.  Not 5 minutes down the road we made another stop so 'someone' (possibly my Dad) could do an ice cream run at one of his favourite pit stops.  There's nothing like being the one single mini bus to jump out and grab handfuls of ice creams while the other buses watch on.  On the plus side, we did discover actual toilets at this stop, so really, we were actually doing a service for the whole team by stopping for ice cream (you're welcome). On arrival in Kep we enjoyed a lazy afternoon and dinner by the South China Sea, before an early night in preparation of the next day's early start. Read the Full Story
Tabitha Foundation Australia Annual Report for Year Ending 30 June 2013 ANNUAL REPORT: FINANCIAL YEAR 2012 - 2013   On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to provide this end of financial year report.

Tabitha Australia had another strong year, with donations of $1,566,597, being about 11% up on the previous year. Below are the annual donation totals since TFA was founded in 2002. Total funds raised and sent to Cambodia since inception: $8,227,951.
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Bringing Communities Together to Change Lives Arnhem Land to Cambodia: remote communities connect By Clare Rawlinson and Sally Mason – ABC Radio Darwin Far away from home, Indigenous students find a life-changing experience and a curious affinity with Cambodian monks while building houses. This is the testimony of students from Milingimbi in Arnhem Land, who travel to Cambodia on a two week "schoolies alternative" after completing Year 12. The trip is available for students from Milingimbi as well as Victorian Indigenous communities to spend the last weeks of the year building houses for the poor, visiting orphanages and giving out health packs to kids in rubbish dumps.   Read the Full Story
When the building stops, Tabitha keeps building I have recently returned from Cambodia where a group of us from Gerringong Anglican Church and our wider community built 21 houses in a village in Kampong Thom. I am a Childcare Worker and currently teach 2-6 year old children at Little Cherubs Children's Centre in New South Wales. Since getting back from Cambodia I have been sharing photos and experiences with the children at our centre of the house building and the families we were helping. The children have been really interested and asking lots of questions about how the children and families in Cambodia live. The children have been asking what do they eat, what do they drink, where do they go to the toilet and how do the children play when they don't have any toys? So, last week the children agreed to have a no toys week at our centre for them to experience. We have also been serving boiled rice, speaking Khmer, learning where Cambodia is on the map and sharing together what we are thankful for in life. There have been a lot of great comments from the families at our centre about what we have been doing to raise awareness of Cambodia.   Read the Full Story
Janne's end of year report August 2013 September 4, 2013

Dear friends and partners, Today we have ended our past year of work, a year when so many dreams and journeys came to fruition, a year when we graduated 25,446 families with 203,568 dependents. Graduation is not the normal expectations of receiving a grade or an award. For Tabitha Cambodia and the families we work with it is simply a stage in a journey when our families have moved from absolute poverty to middle class rural families. It marks a journey where our families have achieved the basic necessities of life such as:
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UNTAC 20th Anniversary Dinner The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) supported the restoration of peace and the reintroduction of civil government in Cambodia during 1992-93. To mark UNTAC’s 20th Anniversary there was a gathering in Canberra of those who lived, worked and served in Cambodia during the 1992-93 (UNTAC) period. The fundraising dinner was held on 25 May 2013 at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.   The evening events supported two important causes; Tabitha Foundation Australia and The Australian Peacekeepers Memorial Project which is working on the creation of a national memorial (on Anzac Parade Canberra).   Karen Langworthy, Alex Shvetsoff, Steve Evans and Lynn Toohey were invited to attend on behalf of TFA.   Read the Full Story

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Vincent Moran

"Australians have embraced the plight of Cambodian families with passion and energy. For this we are truly thankful"

Janne Ritskes
Tabitha Founder

"We don't view our contribution as a donation but rather as an investment - and we were left with the feeling that Janne and her team were well placed to invest our contribution in an efficient and productive manner"

Mark Cubit
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