My name is Tsemdo and I grew up in a small village in Amdo, Tibet. I was one of the few lucky kids in the village to get a college education. And the first one in my family to ever graduate from a primary school. In 2009 I received scholarship from 100 Friends Project to continue my college education. I was enrolled in college in 2008 to study English language but the amount of the money that I had to pay for my school expenses was beyond my mother’s capability. My father passed away in 2003 due to a serious stomach illness and since then my mother had been supporting my education with her small amount of income generated from farming. So when I got into college, my mother managed to pay for the first year expenses and from the second year onwards the school raised the tuition costs and my mother and I couldn’t afford my education. Therefore I reached to one of my college teachers for help and through her introduction and recommendation, I got to know Marc Gold, who generously agreed to support my education. And because of that, I was able to continue my college education and in the beginning of 2011 I had successfully graduated from college. What the college education and Marc Gold’s support meant to me is that I managed to pursue my passion in photography and train young Tibetans on the Tibetan Plateau in photography and digital storytelling. When I received Marc Gold’s support I was already beginning to take photography seriously and involved in a participatory photography project called Plateau Photographers that has been training young Tibetans from across the Tibetan Plateau in documentary photography. I am now working as the executive director and photography trainer of Plateau Photographers. And in the summer of 2009 Marc Gold gave me digital camera which further enabled me to use my photography to tell stories and document endangered cultural elements on the Tibetan Plateau. All of these would have been difficult without the support of 100 Friends Project. And I am paying back 100 Friends generous support by serving local communities on the Tibetan plateau to share their stories and make positive social impacts. I am grateful of 100 Friends and I hope 100 Friends can continue to support Tibetan students and others like myself whose life would otherwise end up farming, herding, or looking for temporary jobs in the urban areas.
Hello Mr. Gold, I’m Mawite who is working to community health worker. Now I’m living in… I will tell you a little about what we do. we are going to slum area and work with the poor people especially those who cannot go to school and do not have to eat enough food, we feed them food and teach them how to read and write, check their health too, we call daycare center the place we are doing is… This people are coming from difference places like Ayawady Division their parent are do not have permanent job so that they could not sent their children to school. Thank you for helping this people.
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
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.
Before I met Marc Gold, I had never dreamed about getting my bachelor’s degree in this life, especially, I had never dreamed to attend a prestigious college in the USA to get my bachelor’s degree in business and education. I will get my B.A. in December 2015 and I am going to try to get my Master’s Degree as well. Not just getting my degree from a prestigious college that is so good, but I have learned so much about the world since I came to the USA. I have met many friends from the USA and other countries like Japan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and so on. My horizons have expanded from learning since I learned so much about different cultures and perspectives. I was born in a rural village in Kham (Eastern) Tibet. My parents and grandfather are farmers in their entire lives, and my brother and I are the only person who has been to a college in my village. I am not just my family’s pride, but I am the role model for other village girls, too. 100 Friends has also made it possible for my brother Norbu to attend college. When Marc met him 4 years ago he had only completed 1st grade and now he is in college in India. 100 Friends also provided important help for my parents and grandfather. They are barley farmers, getting old and since my brother and I went for our education 100 Friends provided funds for their living expenses and help on the farm. I was like the frog in the well who sees the world as big as the well size before I met Marc that I just did not have any special expectations in life but grow up and follow my parents’ lives. Marc is like the angel that came to transform my life. He has transformed my life to a completely different way than my parents and I could imagine; and now it seems like the whole world has opened up to me. Since I met Marc, I have changed tremendously. I am an educated woman now, and I am positive and confident about my life. I will use my knowledge and skills to help others in Tibet and elsewhere. I really appreciate 100 Friends Project that has changed my life.
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 remember the first time I met Marc Gold: it was seven years ago when 100 Friends was introduced to HSCV. I was the lucky staff member to take charge of the medical and family assistance program, so I had the opportunity to work with Marc. Time flies so fast! Now, seven years later, HSCV and 100 Friends are good partners and have been working together to help many families and children with different programs like scholarship, rice distribution, and health care. Without the support from 100 Friends, HSCV would find it difficult to make a difference in the life of very poor families and children in Hanoi and surrounding villages. We have helped the sick, the disabled, and those who are unable to help themselves. One case in particular comes to mind regarding a heart surgery. Without help from 100 Friends, the parents didn’t have enough money to pay for the hospital and especially the long, post-surgery follow-up visits and medications for their son. Because of the support from Marc Gold and 100 Friends, the family is able to pay for the medicine and now their child is happy and a good student in his class. The lad wants to send Marc and 100 Friends a picture that he drew and also there is a letter from his mother. Marc Gold is truly a godsend who is always giving to needy people when he is asked. I know that he cares deeply about the work that HSCV is doing and I hope that together we help the poor children whether in big or small towns, villages & hamlets or urban and remote areas. l’m confident that we will continue working together to make the world better. I would like to send my personal thanks for your sponsorship of HSCV over the last several years. Thank-you for your kindness. Your contributions have been making a significant difference in the lives of many needy individuals in Vietnam.
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.
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.
Hello Marc, just wanted to write a short note to thank you again and tell how much the contribution from 100 friends was appreciated. As you know Marys Home is not part of a foundation or any other organization. It is just one mans desire to help some children in need and is supported by myself , my sister and a couple of others that understand and see the need for a small grass roots concept such as we have developed. As you saw yourself, we are not interested in building glamours or impressive buildings Instead we provide good clean living facilities, good nutritional food, teach good hygiene and good personal values and a ‘Real Home’ environment. And of most importance probably is the opportunity for these children to have an excellent education. We are simply just a home with some awesome children. NOT a “Childrens Home.” As you were aware when you visited funding isn’t easy for a home such as we have and we always have ongoing expenses, repairs and such plus some unfinished construction… Some of these things were a bathroom needed for the girls area, a septic system, a ceiling in the childrens rooms to prevent mosquitoes from “rooming” with the children and some repairs on our old pickup. When you visited we sat down and discussed these needs and you told me that 100 friends would provide the money necessary to do these specific things. True to your word the funds were provided and we were able to complete these projects. I probably can’t express enough how much this was and is still appreciated by all of us here. There are always many people that say, ‘we are going to help’ but in reality the actual number is almost nil when it actually comes to doing so.. Your help was such a good feeling and a real importance for the children to actually see that there are people that truly care and are true to their word.. So again I just want to say Thank You from each of use and hope you are able to help others with their needs. Please come visit and see the fruits of you help when you can. Take care always, Rick, Pichai, Thoei and all the children.
Chiang Mai, Thailand