EmbraceAbility’s Community Outreach Programme is our first programme to be launched on Koh Dach Island, Cambodia. Through our community outreach initiatives, we aim to increase the independence, capacity, and social participation of children with disabilities and their families. EmbraceAbility’s approach is holistic and multi-faceted with the following goals:
provide therapy to children with disabilities and their families in the home environment
facilitate access to mainstream education for children with disabilities
enhance the knowledge of local therapist(s) in occupational therapy through our skills development programme
provide educational community workshops on issues of disability
conduct essential research that will further our understanding of disability issues on Koh Dach
reduce social stigma & build inclusive communities
After School Programme
In the lead-up to EmbraceAbility’s sustainable training initiatives, we have emphasised and worked hard to build the capacity and societal participation of children with disabilities and their families on Koh Dach Island. An essential part of our work so far has been the integration of children with disabilities into mainstream schooling, yielding significant results. To date, EmbraceAbility has successfully facilitated the integration of 4 children with disabilities into state school classrooms.
Our After School Programme offers flexible and individualised lessons that help our beneficiaries keep up with their curriculum. We acknowledge that children are differential learners. In this smaller setting, our staff and volunteers take time to identify appropriate learning styles with focused attention and care.
With the help of our friends at Project Aokas, EmbraceAbility is dedicated to making inclusive sport a reality for children with disabilities on Koh Dach Island. With the help of our therapists and coaches under our unique sports inclusion programme, the kids are making their start in the empowering world of jiu jitsu!
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. 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.