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Author and Philanthropist Chronicles a Quarter-Century Legacy of Compassion and Transformation in New Memoir

A story of empowerment, reshaping the lives of Cambodian people

New York, New York, USA – WEBWIRE

A story of empowerment, reshaping the lives of Cambodian people

In “I Am Who I Am: My 25 Year Journey with the Poorest in Cambodia,” author Janne Ritskes opens a window into her extraordinary life and mission, recounting her profound experiences in Cambodia and the impactful work that led to the transformation of countless lives.

Driven by a deep-seated desire to uplift those devastated by the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime, Ms. Ritskes embarked on a journey in 1994 that would define her life’s purpose. Witnessing the horrors of genocide, she invested her own savings, placing herself in harm’s way to bring relief to a people she had never met.

What sets Ms. Ritskes apart is her innovative approach to community development, shaped by her experiences with NGOs in Asia and Africa. Her methodology transcends traditional aid by focusing on teaching, fostering dignity, and instilling self-respect. “Everybody is worthy. Bringing out the best,” she believes. “How do you institute a program that will allow them to start dreaming again? Start believing in themselves, start working for themselves?” This philosophy has led to the empowerment of 4.7 million Cambodians through savings programs, goal setting, and cottage industries.

The memoir not only reveals the highs of success but also explores the lows of disappointment, the challenges of introducing new paradigms, and the transformative power of learning from mistakes. Ms. Ritskes shares poignant moments working with her Khmer staff and the touching account of adopting her Cambodian daughter, Miriam.

Janne Ritskes, born on April 22, 1948, in Smilde, Netherlands, has over 40 years of international experience in integrated community development programs. Her extensive work has spanned the slums of the US, Kenya, East Africa, the Philippines, and Cambodia. She is the founder of two NGOs—Tabitha Foundation Cambodia and Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital (Foundation). Ms. Ritskes divides her time between Cambodia and Canada.

Ms. Ritskes and her book will be showcased on a massive billboard in New York City’s renowned Times Square on December 16, 2023 at 1560 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 (between 46th street and 47th street), right above the Pelé store.

“I Am Who I Am: My 25 Year Journey with the Poorest in Cambodia”
Janne Ritskes
Paperback: $14.99
Hardcover: $39.99
E-book: $5.99
Audiobook: $9.99

The book is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores.

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 Janne Ritskes
 I Am Who I Am

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