Supporting education, livelihood and dignity of children with disabilities
The greatest impediment to the lives of young people with disabilities is social isolation. They are ‘disabled’ from participating fully and equally in community life because of the stigma of bad karma. Most Cambodians are Buddhists, so they believe that if a person is disabled it’s because they are being punished for bad actions in their previous life.
In 1998 the Marist Brothers established the LaValla School to respond to the needs of some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable young citizens. LaValla School is the only government approved school in Cambodia that provides children with disabilities a full primary education. As there is little opportunity for these children and youth to receive an education, LaValla School provides tuition, accommodation and healthcare to the students while they complete their studies.
Because many of the students are late in starting school, they are offered an accelerated learning program that follows the curriculum set by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Classes include English, computing, art, physical education and traditional Khmer music. The school also offers life skills and vocational programs.
This program gives these children the life-changing opportunity to take up further study or training. By donating now, you can prevent disabled young people from living lives of disadvantage and isolation.
Photo: Conor Ashleigh