AMDA and Rose Charities
AMDA and Rose Charities have a history of close cooperation which continues to this day. AMDA is one of the world’s great emergency relief organizations, having carried out over 100 emergency relief missions across the globe. Its AMDA Canada chapter predates Rose Charities by several years.
While Rose Charities carries out emergency assistance it is generally limited to those areas where, or close to where there is a Rose Charities organization. Our projects are more focused on long term operations. AMDA, on the other hand has the experience, resources and materials to respond to a disaster anywhere and it is Rose policy to support these missions where it can.
Both AMDA and Rose Charities were founded from initiatives in Cambodia. One of the originators of Rose Charities was an AMDA member, working initially on an AMDA project to provide health facilities for returning refugees and later returning to found AMDA Cambodia (1992), then Project IRIS (1995) and finally Rose Charities (1997).
AMDA Canada and Rose Charities continue to pool emergency relief resources and gather materials for emergency relief. Missions where AMDA Canada/Rose Charities personnel have cooperated have included: the Asian tsunami (both Aceh and Sri Lanka), Indonesia (earthquake and volcano), USA (Hurricane Katrina), and Haiti. Recently (2011) following the terrible Tohoku Japan tsunami, Rose Charities and AMDA Canada cooperated to raise over $Can 100,000 for AMDA relief efforts. In 2010, resources were also raised by Rose Charities/AMDA Canada to assist with international missions to Myanmar (typhoon) and Sichuan (earthquake).
AMDA shares with Rose Charities the similar philosophy of mutual assistance. Help invariably goes in both directions, with both the recipient and the giver gaining equally. AMDA defines this as ‘Sogo Fujo spirit’ which is a Japanese term that affirms the universality of the concept of people assisting people bringing benefit (material and/or spiritual) and fulfillment of all parties.