The Tabitha Foundation is a benevolent trust, founded in 1994 to support aid efforts begun and organized by Janne Ritskes. Our field activities are centred in Cambodia, whose people were decimated by a regime which promoted enforced starvation, mass executions, slave labour and wholesale dislocation to such a degree that the social, moral and economic fibre of the country was left in tatters.
The integrated development initiatives include work in health care, education, sanitation (water, sewage), housing, small business and co-operatives. These efforts enable the poorest of the poor to improve their health status, rebuild shanties into homes, have their own toilets, clean water, and drainage systems, reconstruct roads, develop their own small businesses or become workers in cottage industry programs and learn to work together as a community.
Central to the Tabitha Foundation is the conviction that our work should foster this sense of community among the local population. To this end the projects always involve the instruction of indigenous trainers who, by example and teaching, work to restore control to communities themselves and guide the work towards self-sustainability. The goal is always to help create a healthy, viable community to allow human beings to realize their full potential.