Our Community Outreach Programme is EmbraceAbility’s first programme to be launched on Koh Dach Island, Cambodia. Through our community outreach initiatives, we aim to further our constructive relationship with local communities and their leaders, provide therapy to children with disabilities and their families in the home environment, and conduct essential research that will further our understanding of disability issues on Koh Dach.
We believe every child should have access to education. EmbraceAbility works to integrate children with disabilities into inclusive classrooms on Koh Dach Island. Through our Teacher Training Programme, we aim to empower local teachers and give them the necessary skills to open their classrooms to every child in their communities.
Our legal team will work with other Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to encourage the government to uphold their domestic and international obligations concerning disability. Crucially, the advocacy team will research and publish work related to disability and development in Cambodia. A clear understanding of the extent and severity of issues surrounding disability is essential to any disability rights initiative.
Known as ‘Silk Island’ among foreigners, Koh Dach is, in fact, a pair of islands in the Mekong River about 5km northeast of the Japanese Friendship Bridge. The name ‘Silk Island’ derives from the many silk weavers who live on the islands.
Like most rural areas of Cambodia, statistics and information regarding the prevalence of disability are non-existent. People with disabilities are largely ignored by local government and ostracised by their communities.
The EmbraceAbility team has spent a significant amount of time on Koh Dach, and it is clear to us that this is a place where our services are most needed. With the help of our advocacy department, we are working to collect data so that we have a deep and thorough understanding of the issues facing people with disabilities in their communities. In doing so, we can tailor our projects to their specific needs, ensuring maximum engagement and efficiency. Bringing the issue of disability rights to light by engaging the local community, together with the education and rehabilitation of disabled children is the first step in building an accepting and inclusive community.