Marc Gold and 100Friends shares our both our heart and our goal of seeing meaningful change in the lives of those who are impacted by poverty and crisis. When Marc and team came to visit our work along the Burma border for the first time, it was soon clear that our two organizations fit very well together. The ease at which 100Friends worked alongside our team and Marc’s enthusiastic open-mindedness to see, feel and then act on the needs he was observing has made this partnership a joy from day-one. Through our partnership with 100Friends, we’ve seen real needs met, lives changed and futures brightened. Our first full-time Burmese medical staff got her start with a grant from 100Friends and continues to work within some of the most vulnerable border communities. A Burmese migrant woman, once given a small amount of startup capital from 100friends was able to start her own small business and move one step further from a life of uncertainty. I’m happy to call Marc and his team both partners and friends of Compasio Relief & Development and look forward to many more years of working together.
My name is Cheng Yong Sreng, I was born in at Kandal Province which is the south east of Cambodia, one of the poor country in the world. My family is farmer, we grow rice, chili, corn, cucumber, pumpkins and another vegetable, life as farmer in Cambodia is very difficult because we have much technique and the government didn’t support us as well. Even thought it is hard but I try my best to finish my study at high school in 2006, it is not easy as the sun of the farmer because I have to work in the farm and raise the cow, however I am not only a person who doing that in Cambodia, there are many children have to work even if young. After finished High School there is more problem because I didn’t have money to study at university and I don’t have place to stay in Phnom Penh either, it take two month for me to find the place to stay and finally I decide to train as gold smith, I don’t like it but do it rather than do nothing. 2008 I go to study at university and keep doing gold smith in part time. In 2010 it was the hard time for me because I have to move out of my uncle house, I have to think about my living and about my study because I didn’t have money to rent apartment and I have to pay for my university as well but luckily I know Hundred Friends Foundation which really supported me, Marc is a nice person he support me with the finance and plus many good idea. Now I had job and I can pay for a room where I and my sibling live together, my sister and brother are studying at university under my support, ‘my brother studying Sociology and my sister studying Tourism. 100 Friends Foundation is really big support to me than I support my family and hopefully next few year and I help another people.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
My respected Marc Gold, At the beginning of my mail I would to say Tashi Delek firstly and of course hope that every thing goes smoothly over there as well as hope you have a good health as I wish. Yeah, when we first met in Dharamsala my English was very poor and I couldn’t talk to you what I felt in my heart then. So I felt very sad and wanted to talk to you many things during that time. As well as when that time I didn’t know how to use the Facebook too. But now I can talk to you by using the English language so I feel very happy. Anyway, what am I is because of you, so by the way I would like to thank you very much once again. I am always welcome you come to my college one day. And I hope the opportunity will come true soon. At last I would like to say thank you once more. All my love
We are The Children Bridge Organization (CBO) has registered in the ministry of interior of Cambodia in August 24, 2012 which is carrying the main objective of helping and caring of health, education, safety of the children. Recently, we have two main projects, the children library and the English class, where located near Phnom Penh international airport. Since we have started the project, 100 Friends is always a great partner advisor and donor to our project. Here are some projects that we have been doing under the support from 100 Friends. Give prizes to the students (motivation) 100 Friends donated bicycles to the students in English class. Many children from the poor family come to our English class for free. 100 friends had donated the bicycles to the students who study hard and have a good performance in the class. Since we had the prizes for the students, we can see the big improvement and the performance of our English students is getting much more than before. Helping Old Ladies Old Lady in Preyveng, Svayrieng, Kandal, Kampong Speu, (Cambodian Provinces) and the slum area around Phnom Penh have been receiving help from 100 Friends for about 10 years. More than 50 old ladies from the age of 65 years old to 102 years old who are living difficult lives are supported by 100 friends. Among those ladies, the oldest one is Mrs. Long Sambat. She is 102 years old now (in 2014). All of her children and relative died in Pol Pot regime. Recently, she lives in Neakvon Buddish Temple in Phnom Penh. 100 Friends support some rice, fish, dry fish, cooking oil, shampoo, and soap. 100 Friends is like one part of her family to take care her health, buy medicine for her, and provide financial support for her too. There are more various activities that 100 Friends helps the old ladies at the countryside like built the house, fix the roof and also send the old lady to the hospital in some serious cases. Provided scholarship opportunities Through the project of helping the old ladies across the countryside, we figure out the needs of young teenagers who just finish high school and want to come to Phom Penh to have a further education in the university, but the family cannot afford them to go to the university in Phnom Penh. Under the support from 100 friends, those students got monthly financial support and university fees were paid. For instance, Miss Therith who lived in Kandal Province was supported by 100 Friends. There are four members in her family, her grandmother, her mother and her little brother. Her mom is sick (stroke). Her grandmother cannot afford her to go to university. However, under the support from 100 friends, Thearith can come to Phnom Penh and study in the university. Thank you!! On behalf of all Cambodian citizens we would like to pass a big thank you to Marc Gold 100 Friends and all the donors who always support and make the spirit of doing good thing still alive in this society. We wish 100 Friends and all the donors to keep continue this warm heart in order to help more and more people who is still living in a very hard life.
Dear Marc Gold, My father was feeling a little ‘lost’ after retiring from nearly four decades of work for a bank in India. That changed when he read about what you are doing at 100friends. He became inspired to do small acts of kindness. He found that he was not helpless to make a difference, even with his pension from the bank. He found a new focus and purpose in life and was much happier for it. His last few years were spent in happily others in the way you and your friends do. The most important thing he was excited about was in telling all of us that we don’t have to be very rich, or have grand designs, to improve things in this world. He passed away last year. I hope to remember the spirit of his philanthropy and continue it. I am sharing this with you to encourage you to continue doing what you are doing, and to ask you to tell your story anyplace you can. You never know who is waiting to listen. Warm regards,
To All those 100 Friends of Marc Gold, The Community Working Group: Burma, would like to thank you for your wonderful support for this very important work. 100 Friends was the very first organization to help us with this rather unique program. Through the years you have continued to help us help those with very little opportunity. Our team of community volunteers and medics are able to access areas that are often overlooked by government and larger NGOs. CWG is able to meet individual needs through basic medical service, counseling, teaching, escorting, and by providing food supplements, transportation and medicines to those without resources. It is rather overwhelming to see the extent of tragedy in this near collapsed State. Despite the “New Openness” and the rush of investment into this economic frontier the sixty years of mismanaged government has placed millions into poverty with all the accompanying hardships that follow.CWG is uniquely able to get into these impoverished areas and work with individuals, families, and schools.CWG is dependent on the goodwill and kindness of people like you. We operate on a small budget and your contribution has already done more than you might imagine. Thank you for opening your hearts in this special way and know that you have brought some measure of peace to others you may never even meet. CWG is so grateful to Marc Gold and the good folks of “100 Friends”. I would like to let you know to what ends this latest participation of 100 Friends have gone towards. 1,562 Healthy Meals We know that no matter what opportunity, or good circumstance of life may arise for kids we care for in our three day centers, if they are hungry or sick it means little. CWG can provide a nutritious meal once a day for these children. This is what we can do. We do it good. Thanks to you and your 100 Friends. Our “Healthy Meal Program”, together with the educational day care centers, and an eye towards medical intervention, offers stability to children in a quite fragile environment. Cheers to you and thanks so much from all the volunteers here to all the kind folks of 100 Friends.
100 Friends and its Founder Marc Gold have been partners with Blue Dragon since 2006. I met Marc while he was in Vietnam seeking people in need of help, and immediately knew I had met a kindred spirit. 100 Friends is like no other charity. Marc finds the people who have fallen through the gaps, who receive help from nobody else, and empowers them to fulfill their dreams. By working together, Blue Dragon and 100 Friends have assisted Vietnamese children living in poverty who need access to healthcare and schooling. 100 Friends has funded children and families who have needed direct support; and on a management level, 100 Friends has provided Blue Dragon donors with tax deductibility when needed. These are practical actions which have made a tangible difference to people in need. 100 Friends is now turning 25. With Marc’s vision and passion, this special charity has done even more than it set out to. Happy birthday, 100 Friends; I hope you will continue for many years to come.
Founder and CEOHanoi, Vietnam
Dear sponsors! It has been a long time since I wrote to you! How are you doing? You have been very busy, haven’t you? Please spend sometimes to read my letter! Firstly I would like to send thousands of best wishes to you and your family with good health, successful work and happy in your life. Dear brother Marc Gold! I have heard from Hanh that you have just got married to a young and nice lady, when you come to Vietnam, please visit my family. How are you doing? You have been working so hard but you still remember and take care of my son and me. I am very grateful and moved! Yesterday, Hanh sent me your donation and I spent to buy a set of desk and chair, books and clothes for Hung. He is very happy and he loves it very much. Thank you so much! I promise that I would try to raise him as a good boy in order to pay your love and care to us. Dear brother Marc Gold! Your image is still in our memory when you visited my house, at that time my family was in terrible condition… You appeared like an angel who saves my little son’s life and you are like his father who delivered to him the 2nd time. I had hospital fee to cure my eyes and you created job for my family to overcome the most difficult time in my life. Now you are getting my better, Ngoc Hung still has to take medicine daily. I am really moved to your kind and big heart. Thank for you and Hanh who have been helping us and bring a bright future to us. Hung is raised with love from our family included you and Hanh. He is at 2nd grade this year and he is growing up, very handsome and clever. He is at the 1 out of 39 excellent students in his class; his teacher awarded him with notebooks and pens. I have been working hard, my salary is not high but I can pay bank loan and save money to buy a motor bike. My mother in law is getting old and weak, she has just got an eye surgery and she is getting better now. I still have a lot of things that I would like to share with you but for the next letter! Finally, I would like to wish you and your wife healthy, happy and successful in all your work and your life. We are looking forward to seeing you in one day! Mum and son Nguyen Ngoc Hung
Anh chị phương xa kính nhớ! Đã lâu rồi, hôm nay em lại ngồi cầm cây bút viết đôi dòng chữ bé nhỏ để gửi tới thăm sức khỏe của anh chị. Chắc anh cũng bận lắm phải không ạ? Nhưng anh ơi hãy bớt chút thời gian để đọc đôi dòng chữ nhỏ bé của em gái phương xa tới thăm anh chị nhé. Đầu thư cũng như ngàn lời tâm sự em muốn gửi tới toàn thể gia đình anh chị những lời chúc tốt đẹp nhất còn riêng anh em luôn luôn cầu chúc cho anh chị trăm năm hạnh phúc, sức khỏe rồi rào và thông trong mọi lĩnh vực… Anh Mare Gold ơi! Em được nghe chị Hạnh tâm sự kể cho em n ghe qua là anh mới cưới vợ trẻ đẹp lắm. Khi nào anh chị sang Việt Nam công tác thì hãy bớt chút thời gian đến thăm mẹ con em anh nhé. Dạo này anh có khỏe không ? Công việc có bận hay vất vả lắm không anh? Anh mới cưới xong chắc công việc cũng bận lắm anh nhỉ? Anh chị bận nhiều việc thế mà vẫn còn quan tâm lo lắng cho mẹ con em, em biết ơn anh chị nhiều lắm. Anh ơi! Hôm qua chị Hạnh có gửi số tiền mà anh chị đã gửi quà về cho bé Hưng em đã nhận được rồi anh ạ. Em đã đi mua cho con 1 bộ bàn ghế để ngồi học và một bộ sách của kỳ 2 lớp 2 , với 1 bộ quần áo dài tay nữa anh chị ạ. Bé Ngọc Hưng có bàn ghế mới lại quần áo mới nó thích lắm anh chị ạ. Đó là những món quà anh chị thưởng cho con rất quý và ý nghĩa, em cảm ơn anh chị nhiều lắm. Em hứa với anh chị là em sẽ dạy bảo con thật tốt học thật giỏi để không phụ tấm lòng cao quý của anh chị đã dành cho mẹ con em. Anh Mare Gold ơi! Em vẫn còn nhớ mãi hình ảnh ngày nào mà anh sang thăm mẹ con em, khi đó gia đình em đang chìm đắm trong cơn bão tố…. Anh! Đã giống như một vị thần tiên xuất hiện cứu giúp mẹ con em vượt qua cơn bão tố đó và từ đó bé Ngọc Hưng con trai bé bỏng của em đã được anh chị cứu chữa cùng như anh chị đã sinh ra thêm một lần nữa con đã được đi mổ tim kịp thời và đã cho em tiền để chữa khỏi đôi mắt còn tạo công ăn việc làm cho mẹ con em đỡ khổ và còn khi bé Ngọc Hưng mổ rồi vẫn tài trợ cho con em tiền thuốc theo định kỳ. Em thật sự quá cảm động trước những tấm lòng cao quý, sự nhiệt tình giúp đỡ mẹ con em khi khó khăn như anh chị cùng chị Hạnh người phiên dịch có tấm lòng nhân hậu với tình yêu thương vô bờ bến để mẹ con em mới có được như ngày hôm nay. Bé Ngọc Hưng ngày nào đã được lớn lên trong tình yêu thương của bà, mẹ của những người thân trong đó có cả anh chị cùng chị Hạnh người đã luôn luôn giúp đỡ mẹ con em. Bé Hưng nay đã là học sinh lớp 2 rồi anh chị ạ! Con rất đẹp trai và thông minh, vừa rồi con được xếp lthuws 1/39 em học sinh giỏi trong lớp và được cô giáo thưởng vở cho nữa đấy anh chị ạ. Công việc của em thì rất vất vả mà lương thị thấp nhưng em thấy con như vậy em cũng được an ủi và rất vui. Còn về mẹ chồng của em thì sang mấy năm nay bà hay ốm nhiều hơn và đợt vừa rồi em đưa mẹ đi mổ quặm hai bên mắt bây giờ cùng tự đi lại được rồi ạ. Em đi làm cũng giành giụm tiền để trả hết nợ ở ngân hàng rồi và em cùng mua được 1 cái xe máy để đi lại nữa anh chị ạ. Tâm sự của em thì còn nhiều lắm nhưng bây giờ cũng hơi khuya rồi em hẹn anh chị khi khác anh em mình lại tâm sự tiếp anh nhé. Cuối thư 1 lần nữa em chúc anh chị cùng toàn thể gia đình luôn luôn mạnh khỏe , hạnh phúc và gặp nhiều may mắn, toại nguyện mọi ước mơ, thành công trong mọi lĩnh vực của cuộc sống. Em gái cùng con trai của anh chị luôn luôn chờ một ngày nào đó sẽ được đón và được gặp anh chị! Mẹ con cháu Nguyễn Ngọc Hưng.
I’ve known Marc Gold of 100 friends project for over 14 years and I always get inspired to see how much his project has achieve in the last 24 years. I would like to congratulate him and his team for the wonderful humanitarian work around the world. What I find very unique about his work is that he has time, energy and make effort to find the ground reality, find our the real need, support it and even after making the contribution follow it up. If I am a donor I would find myself lucky to be working with organisation like 100 friends project. Over the years I see the work is expanding and Marc and his team are able to reach out to the world and touched the untouched and reached the unreachable from remote Afghanistan to a remote part of Tibet/China or be it the largest dumping site in Cambodia. In Nepal I know of several projects; be it the project partnered with the local Lions Club in Kathmandu to build a library in a government school or partnering with local NGOs to support orphanage center, Marc seems already ready to support. Well done Marc and all the best to your work and god bless you and your project. Namaste!
Hi, I am Namkha from Amdo Tibet. I met Mr. Marc Gold in 2009 in Xining. I usually I call him “uncle” which means he is very close to me. My life was changed by Marc from the night that he asked me about the dreams of my life. After long conversation Marc told me “Hi, Namkha, you have a lot of dreams but no plan”. We sat together in front of his computer and wrote more than 20 questions about what I was going to do for my future, he sent it to me via email and asked me to answer these questions when I was able do it. He also told me the story how to start 100 friends organization after travel to India and saved one Tibetan woman’s life with a few dollars. I was so lucky to hear the conversation between Marc and his father, how mother Trisa [Teresa] pointed him to help the people through an example etc., According to these affective stories I have learnt how I can help others like Marc has done in his life. I know 100 friends because of my uncle Marc. I received great help from 100 friends for my education in the Philippines for 3 years. I have helped local poor people in the Philippines with the funds of 100 friends. 100 friends also extended my mother’s life — she received funds for her medicine. I have been assistant of 100 friends to apply scholarships for Tibetan students whom I personally know that they need the most. Now I am telling my people how to be kind or help others, that these morality that I learnt from the actions of 100 friends and I will try my best to make the world better.
Xining, Amdo, Tibet