About Kindred Hearts
KHC was founded in 2011 by Patrik and Leanne Foff who, after visiting Cambodia discovered a dire need for high quality medical care that is both easily accessible and affordable. The KHC medical clinic is located in a remote village, Sre Po, a few kilometres outside the town of Stung Treng. Stung Treng, one of the most remote towns in all of Cambodia, is located in northeastern Cambodia along the Sekong River.
In partnership with the Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre (SWDC) (www.mekongblue.com), the KHC medical clinic will cater to the needs of women and children who reside at the development centre. SWDC trains women in the art of silk weaving, and allows the women to sell their products online and in stores in Cambodia. Since the inception of SWDC in 2001, over 300 women have earned livelihoods from silk weaving! Their products have been recognized by UNESCO for their high quality and originality. Also on-site at SWDC is a kindergarten class, a child care facility and most recently an orphanage that is home to over 80 children and caregivers.
The villages surrounding the SWDC suffer high unemployment rates, low educational attainment and as a result, low earning power. To prevent out of pocket expenses on health care, the Kindred Hearts Medical Clinic (KHMC) was established in 2013, and provides free health care to hundreds of villagers. KHMC provides high quality medical treatment and aims to improve the quality of life of Cambodians.
Cambodian people have suffered years of inequity and inequality and we believe that through love and unity, Cambodians can have increased accessibility to health, education and employment opportunities, thereby achieving a higher quality of life.
Our statement of beliefs has been created to provide greater insight into our foundation’s guiding principles and goals:
- KHC believes in the Greatest Commandment: love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
- KHC understands that the way in which we behave and share love with others is the fullest expression of what we believe.
- KHC follows in the footsteps of the Good Samaritan, and welcomes all people, regardless of race, religion or creed, who would join us in our effort to create a more compassionate global society.