Who We Are - EmbraceAbility
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Who Are We?

EmbraceAbility works in partnership with Khemara Cambodia to deliver our Community Outreach Programme on Koh Dach Island. We are proud to be part of the Khemara family, the longest serving local NGO in Cambodia 🇰🇭

Although official figures are difficult to obtain, it is estimated that Cambodia has one of the highest disability rates in the developing world. Poverty and disability are inextricably linked; statistically families with a disabled family member are more likely to be poorer than their non-disabled peers. Most families in Cambodia have limited access to healthcare, and rehabilitation centres are few and far between.

Seeking to bridge the gap in disability care services on Koh Dach Island, EmbraceAbility provides tailored occupational therapy aimed at empowering children with disabilities and their families. Our programmes and policies are committed to promoting community inclusion, dignity and independence, with a view to reducing the high levels of multidimensional poverty and deprivation among people with disabilities and their families.


EmbraceAbility’s approach aims to lift the systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society in Cambodia.

Our Approach

EmbraceAbility has four unique points of difference that will ensure that it continues to distinguish itself in the saturated marketplace of Cambodian NGOs and DPOs.

Unique project management approach: EmbraceAbility has a unique model of sustainable development. The organisation will ensure all projects are well researched through a mixed methodology of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The main policy will be ‘review, respond and adapt’ to ensure the organisation is meeting the needs of the local community.


Establishing local community links: EmbraceAbility recognises the importance of establishing good links with the local community in order to develop a sustainable and successful development strategy. The organisation will use its ties with the local NGO Khemara to establish and maintain ties across a range of stakeholders, in particular, local authorities and commune chiefs. This enables the organisation to bring together important influencers such as community leaders, government authorities and healthcare officials to discuss often conflicting viewpoints, with the aim of delivering improved circumstances for the organisation’s beneficiaries. By establishing strong community links, EmbraceAbility can ensure sustainable development through an integrated approach that will provide the best possible outcome for all stakeholders.


Diversity of projects: due to the extensive knowledge gained from research and time spent working with the local population and disability centres in Cambodia, EmbraceAbility has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by Cambodia’s disabled population. By working with the local community and coordinating with local authorities, the organisation will be able to operate a diverse range of projects that respond to the needs of its communities and beneficiaries. The ability to adapt programmes to different target groups and the needs of the community are evidenced by extensive research and programmes which respond to the current needs of the local community. With an innovative and dynamic approach to development, the team is able to adapt its core skills and abilities to a variety of programmes that target children with disabilities and their families in a responsive and cost-effective manner. EmbraceAbility’s focus on continual development ensures all programmes are up-scalable and can be delivered in other provinces.


‘Green’ finance policy: EmbraceAbility upholds a ‘green’ finance policy. EmbraceAbility believes that to achieve equity and social justice, donations made by private investors, corporations, charitable foundations and grant-making institutions must meet the requirements of EmbraceAbility’s financial policy.

Meet The Team

Jodie Le Marrec


Jodie’s vision for EmbraceAbility was inspired by her experiences working in disability centres across Cambodia and Viet Nam. She has a Masters Degree (MA) in Global Political Economy from the University of Sussex. Jodie is passionate about international development, and seeks to bring a new, more sustainable approach to development strategy.

Oliver King

Operations Director

Oliver was drawn to the issue of disability rights in Cambodia following his work in Phnom Penh in 2015. He has a Masters Degree (LLM) in International and European Human Rights Law from the University of Leeds. Oliver is a committed human rights advocate, with a particular interest in disability rights, refugee law, and blasphemy law.