Category: Monthly Newsletters

June Newsletter


19th Annual Friends of Friends NY
Saturday, September 22, at Royal Seafood Cuisine, 103-105 Mott St., NYC. Click here for tickets.

Tokyo Gala
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contact or

Luang Prabang Half Marathon and Gala
October 19-21, Lunag Prabang, Lao PDR.Click here for race registration.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., NYC


Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has an pressing need for nurses and physicians.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Positions Available

LFHC is looking to hire a Director of Nursing and a Nurse Educator to work at the hospital in Luang Prabang. Further information is available on our website or can be obtained by contacting

Team Effort Rebuilds Lives of Child Burn Victims

 Burn victims are unfortunately quite common at LFHC.

Seven-year-old Liep Thannya was brought to LFHC in March after he grabbed an electrical wire, which resulted in severe burns to his right arm and leg.

Doctors performed several surgeries on Liep and had to amputate his right arm below the elbow. He has been recovering in LFHC and receiving physiotherapy. He has learned to become left-handed and has now mastered the use of chopsticks!

The staff was happy this month to see Liep riding a little tricycle through the hall of LFHC as part of his occupational therapy while his leg continues to heal. The child life therapy team has been with Liep every step of the way to comfort him during his long stay at the hospital. The nutrition team is working to improve his diet and he will continue physiotherapy to improve his mobility. It’s been a team effort to support Liep and we are so happy to see a smile on his face.

Friends Earns 2 Top Awards for Fiscal Efficiency

  Charity Navigator and GuideStar, two organizations that assess the financial performance of nonprofits, have each given their highest rating to Friends Without A Border. Charity Navigator, an independent watchdog of U.S.-based charities, awarded Friends a 4-star rating for “demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.” Four stars is the highest rating a nonprofit can achieve. Guidestar, the world’s largest source of information about nonprofits, awarded its 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency on April 20 to Friends Without A Border. Read more here.

Child Life Specialist Awarded International Scholarship

Soule with FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis

   In early May, Kongmeng Sialee, the first and only Child Life Therapist at LFHC, was awarded one of five international scholarships by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

In granting the award, the ACLP noted that Kongmeng has successfully integrated psychosocial care into the care of practices at LFHC. He helps children cope during their hospital stay and prepares children for medical procedures by using therapeutic and medical play.

The award ceremony took place at the organization’s annual conference in Washington D.C. Kongmeng was joined by Friends Without A Border Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis at the conference. Read more here.

(Photo: Kongmeng Sailee and FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis)

Los Angeles: The Magic of Caring 

   More than 140 supporters of Friends Without A Border turned out on May 23 for our Los Angeles Event.

The event raised nearly $100,000. Proceeds help finance operations of LFHC.

Actor John Cho charmed the audience as the emcee and magician Michael Tetro provided the slight-of-hand in keeping with the event’s theme of “The Magic of Caring.”

Dr. Greg Thompson, former LFHC medical director, told the audience the touching story about the treatment of Baby Manner, the hospital’s first successful treament of an infant born with gastroschisis. And the event included a special appearance by Kazumi Akao, director of the Outreach Program at LFHC, who is featured in the video “Story of Thongsy,” which was produced by Friends Without A Border.

(Photo: Actor John Cho chats with Friends Without A Border Founder Kenro Izu)

May Newsletter



Los Angeles Event
Wednesday, May 23, at the Spring restaurant. Actor John Cho will be the emcee for the event. Click here for tickets.

19th Annual Friends of Friends NY
Saturday, September 22, at Royal Seafood Cuisine, 103-105 Mott St., NYCClick here for tickets.

Tokyo Gala
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contact

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., NYC


LFHC has an pressing need for physicians.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Position Available

LFHC is looking to hire an English teacher/coordinator to work at the hospital in Luang Prabang. The individual will teach written and spoken English to Lao medical, nursing and administrative staff. For further information contact

New Wheelchairs Bring Smiles to Young Faces

   LFHC has been trying for quite some time to obtain wheelchairs for children who need them. Wheelchairs for Kids, a nonprofit organization based in Perth, Australia, recently donated wheelchairs for 11 children at our hospital. The organization also trained our staff in how to fit them to individual children. The region’s dirt roads and poor infrastructure make it difficult for these children to attend school — or move around at all. Their new wheelchairs are durable enough to support the children on dirt roads and we hope they will open up new opportunities for them.

Friendly Competition Sparks Blood Drive

   There is only one blood bank in Luang Prabang to support six hospitals in the region. Blood supply is low and we often cannot provide transfusions for all the patients who need them. To help increase the blood supply, LFHC hosted a two-week blood drive competition among our staff. Everyone was divided into different teams and the teams with the largest number of blood donors won a prize! During the competition, 18 staff members donated, many of them donating for the first time! “I was first afraid of donating, but it didn’t hurt at all and I felt good helping other people,” said one donor. Thank-you to all the staff who participated!

Nutritionist Serves Up Dietary Education

  Malnutrition is still an extremely common condition in Lao PDR. Our clinical team is treating malnourished patients with therapeutic supplements. However, it is also crucial to educate families about the importance of a nutritional diet. Soulee Chakeryere, our nutritionist, recently conducted a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a nutritious porridge. It is easy to make with readily available ingredients.

Sweet 16: Record Crowd Turns Out for 16th NY Gala

   More than 325 people filled the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on April 5 and their overwhelming generosity made the 16th Annual New York Gala a smashing success. The fundraising event grossed more than $465,000. Attendees were treated to the premier of “Song of Thongsy,” a video that offers a look at the amazing work being performed by the doctors, nurses and staff at LFHC.

Click here for more information.
Watch the video here.

Also Noteworthy

FWAB Honorees

FWAB Honorees

Martina Hund-Mejean became the first recipient of the Friends Without A Border Excellence in Corporate Leadership Award at our 16th Annual New York Gala on April 5. Longtime Board of Directors member and former Board Chairman Michael Stern was presented the Best Friend of Friends Award at the event.

Research Published 

Dovepress in New Zealand recently published an academic research paper produced by The Lake Clinic in Cambodia. The paper addressed the knowledge and preventative behaviors of caregivers treating children in two floating villages on the Tonie Sap Lake. This is the second academic paper that TLC has had published. The paper can be viewed here.

Renovations Progressing

Relocating the Neonatal Unit into the former children’s ward at the Provincial Hospital encountered a few unexpected roadblocks that required extensive consideration and negotiation. However, the planned renovation of the space is back on track. Recruitment and training of staff for this area are underway.

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