Fifty disabled Cambodians will receive vocational skills training after being awarded a training scholarship with the Khmer Association for Vocational Training and Vocation (KAVTV) in Cambodia.
As many as seventy percent of the 600 million people with disabilities worldwide live in developing countries. In Cambodia, based on the 2008 National Census, people with disabilities make up 1.4 percent of the total population, yet only 0.5 percent of them receive vocational training.
For the past two years we have partnered with KAVTV to provide funding for vocational training scholarships for people with a disability in Cambodia. This year, 50 scholarships were awarded to recipients by our CEO, Mike Smith, at a presentation ceremony in Phnom Penh on the 18th of January.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, KAVTV Executive Director, Mr Phang HEM, said, “Being disabled myself, I know how the lives of persons with disabilities and their families are. I know what we want to be, how desperately we want to help ourselves and how we want to be assisted to reach this dream.”
“That is why, KAVTV came into existence. It was established with the goal of enabling people with disability to live independent lives, enriched by meaningful engagement and believable hope,” he said.
Students participating in the electronics training program at KAVTV learn how to repair household appliances including radios, amplifiers, cookers, irons, televisions. Handicraft students learn to work with a range of materials to produce quality handicrafts.
All students also learn essential small business management skills attending a number of seminars conducted by volunteer experts on customer service, sales, time management and financial literacy.
“The training provided leads to greater employment opportunities, with students going on to work in or run their own repair shops or use their new skills to produce quality handicrafts for sale,” Mr Phang HEM said.
We live in your world - February 2011