Educational kits

The International Red Cross offers educational kits to students with disabilities

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provided educational material to nearly 60 disabled middle and high school students at the start of the new semester for schools that have been closed for more than a year and a half due to the Covid-19 pandemic .

According to the ICRC press release of October 19, the handover event took place at a physical rehabilitation center in Battambang province with the participation of 57 students from Battambang and neighboring provinces.

The ICRC said each student received a backpack, books, stationery and some were given bicycles to get to school. An additional $ 50 was given to each student to help them and their families cope with the economic stress caused by the pandemic.

Dena Fisher, ICRC head of mission in the Mekong region, said the donations were part of the organization’s commitment to promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Access to education is so important for children, especially now that classes have been suspended for so long due to Covid-19.

“These donations are part of our support for the government’s efforts to help thousands of people with disabilities. . . to regain mobility and reintegrate into society, ”said Fisher.

“Despite the challenges, we have worked hard in recent months to ensure that other strands of the ICRC’s social inclusion programs can continue, such as providing grants to people with disabilities to start small businesses.

According to Phalla Keo, the ICRC officer in charge of the physical rehabilitation program in Cambodia, the donations will help students with disabilities return to school when face-to-face learning resumes.

“We have all heard that low-income families in rural areas are hit hardest by crises. This is why one of the most heartwarming things I feel today is that what we do – as small as it may seem – plays a role in ensuring that children’s desire to learn is not turned off by the difficult times people are facing today, “he said.

The ICRC launched its physical rehabilitation program in 1991 to help communities affected by mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).

The organization continues to work closely with the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans Affairs and Youth Rehabilitation to support the Phnom Penh Orthopedic Components Factory and the provincial rehabilitation centers of Battambang and Kampong Speu, which provide services in seven provinces of Cambodia.

The ICRC said nearly 11,000 people have benefited from the services provided at these centers each year. Although there are still new patients with REG injuries. Services are also available to victims of traffic accidents, illnesses and other accidental injuries.

Yeap Malino, director of the Department of Disability Protection of the Ministry of Social Affairs, said on October 20 that there are currently more than 50,000 children with disabilities in Cambodia, of whom more than 6,000 children with disabilities are studying in primary schools. and specialized.

“For the disability support service, there are many partner organizations that work to help people with disabled children. But the ICRC is a strategic partner organization that has helped people and children with disabilities in Battambang and Kampong Speu to rehabilitate physically, ”he said.