Project Cambodia - Enable the Disabled

By Margarita Guterres

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Enable the disabled

Imagine a world where everyone has got the same rights and resources to be who they are and live happy and fulfilling lives. This is what Project Cambodia would like to achieve.

We all know someone who is challenged either physically or mentally. Some of us have family members, relatives or friends who have these challenges, and this is why we should care. We are aware of the societal challenges faced by people living with disabilities, which can include rejection and lack of care, just because they cannot access adequate resources. 

On a most recent visit to rural Cambodia, we saw that the living conditions of people with disabilities are in a terrible state and even worse than we could imagine. We provided some support through our past projects and now need your help to expand this project, to help even more people.

Project Cambodia is geared towards providing education, support and services for people living with disabilities in rural cambodia. The rural areas require these services the most as they lack the most basic facilities, especially for people with disabilities. Currently there are no facilities to help with mobility and no relief for families facing these challenges.

Through this project, money raised will help bring smiles to the faces of our brothers and sisters in rural Cambodia, providing a safe haven for them to maximise their potential. 

Margarita and her team are a group of passionate people who want to see others around the world do better, and be better. We spent the last Christmas holidays raising funds for less privileged kids and people in Cambodia and we absolutely loved the experience. We have been doing this for the past 2 years.

The sense of satisfaction and fulfillment we gained from their gratitude has inspired us to continue supporting the people in Cambodia.

How can you help?

We need your funds to build facilities that will not only make life worth living, but send a message that people living with disabilities are an integral part of our society and deserve the same rights to succeed and be all they can be.

The funds we raise will be used for essential items such as:

  • Beds
  • Linen
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Educational Supplies
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Cutlery and Utensils
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Cooling
  • Shelving

Our aim is to also include vital Occupational Therapy equipment which there is a severe shortage of. This includes:

  • Developmental Toys & Games
  • Ceiling Hoists
  • Mobile Hoists
  • Therapy Chairs
  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Mobile Shower & Toileting Commodes
We have been able to acquire a piece of land and our next steps is to begin to build these facilities.

Why Cambodia?

Cambodia is a country that has been ravaged by genocide and civil war. What has been left behind are people who are struggling to live off barely even $1 a day and to provide for their families. Some live in rubbish tips and on the streets, and many others live in poor conditions that most of us will never wish to experience. 

We want to help these people through various projects, and to give them hope that one day they can stand on their own and prosper, rather than struggling every day for food in order to simply stay alive.

Past Projects

We have previously visited and helped families and safe houses in the Siem Reap and Phnom Penh area including:

Bethany and Ester House

Families in the Kampong Phluk Floating Villages

EFFM Cambodia (School)

Cambodian Community Home

National Borey For Infants And Children

We were able to supply at least a year's worth of food and basic living items for the places above with our previous fundraising campaign.

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Team Members

Margarita Guterres

James Crewther

May Lim