Not just a home, but an opportunity for life.
People with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable groups in Cambodia. Stigmatised by society, many live in extreme poverty without the means to improve their living conditions or attain their educational goals.
The Community Village builds on two other Marist projects, the LaValla School (primary) and the Inclusive Education Program, by providing purpose built accommodation for young people with disabilities enrolled in high school or university.
The current facilities are significantly overcrowded. When completed the new facility will house one hundred students; local families will act as site managers and mentors; and the students will be actively engaged in leadership roles within the residence. In addition to growing their own fruit and vegetables, the students will operate a small farming project thus developing their agricultural skills and sense of independence.
With your support the Community Village is expected to be partially operational in 2017, offering more than just a home but an opportunity for life.
Photo: Conor Ashleigh