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Jul 14, 2020

Epic Arts Surviving Covid-19

Family Receives Supplies
Family Receives Supplies

Over the past few months Epic Arts has been focused on protecting the most vulnerable and like the rest of the world we’ve had to reorganize to ensure our survival.

Covid-19 cases in Cambodia have remained low and the government have taken steps to limit community transmission. The bigger challenge our communities face at the moment is economic, with many people reporting losing income and jobs.

In April GlobalGiving made the decision to change donations from ‘restricted’ to ‘unrestricted’ this allowed us to use unspent donations to help us survive throughout the uncertainty of the pandemic.

We’d like to update you on what’s changed at Epic Arts since you heard from us last and how your donations have helped us survive this uncertain time.

Supporting the vulnerable

We're in this together, that's why we're supporting some of the most vulnerable children with disabilities and their families in Kampot, with emergency food and hygiene supplies. Since March we’ve supplied over 100 people and children with disabilities with emergency covid relief, including food parcels, accessible information and hygiene supplies.

Education

In late March our classrooms were closed under the Ministry of Education's decree to close all schools and vocational training centres in Cambodia. Since then our Teachers and Social Worker have been hard at work visiting families every week to deliver home school sessions and to provide support to families being impacted by the social challenges caused by Covid-19.

In the last week has been the government has announced that schools will be allowed to open again soon. We hope that we’ll be greeting our students into our classrooms in the very near future.

Wishing all of our friends and supporters around the world good health and safety!

Please consider donating again to support our work helping the vulnerable communities of Kampot

Thank you, 

The Epic Arts Team

Home Based Learning During Covid-19
Home Based Learning During Covid-19
Jul 14, 2020

Epic Arts Surviving Covid-19

Family Receives Supplies
Family Receives Supplies

Over the past few months Epic Arts has been focused on protecting the most vulnerable and like the rest of the world we’ve had to reorganize to ensure our survival.


Covid-19 cases in Cambodia have remained low and the government have taken steps to limit community transmission. The bigger challenge our communities face at the moment is economic, with many people reporting losing income and jobs.

In April GlobalGiving made the decision to change donations from ‘restricted’ to ‘unrestricted’ this allowed us to use unspent donations to help us survive throughout the uncertainty of the pandemic.

We’d like to update you on what’s changed at Epic Arts since you heard from us last and how your donations have helped us survive this uncertain time.

Supporting the vulnerable

We're in this together, that's why we're supporting some of the most vulnerable children with disabilities and their families in Kampot, with emergency food and hygiene supplies. Since March we’ve supplied over 100 people and children with disabilities with emergency covid relief, including food parcels, accessible information and hygiene supplies.

Education

In late March our classrooms were closed under the Ministry of Education's decree to close all schools and vocational training centres in Cambodia. Since then our Teachers and Social Worker have been hard at work visiting families every week to deliver home school sessions and to provide support to families being impacted by the social challenges caused by Covid-19.

In the last week has been the government has announced that schools will be allowed to open again soon. We hope that we’ll be greeting our students into our classrooms in the very near future.

Wishing all of our friends and supporters around the world good health and safety!

Please consider donating again to support our work helping the vulnerable communities of Kampot

Thank you, 

The Epic Arts Team
Home Based Learning During Covid-19
Home Based Learning During Covid-19
Mar 23, 2020

Epic Arts Latest Viral Video Makes a Noise!

students with Cambodian DJ Vlogger
students with Cambodian DJ Vlogger

Bringing you some happy news and entertainment during the global pandemic.

Scroll to the end if you’re interested in how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting our work.

As March is International Women’s Day we’ve had a focus on the women and girls at Epic Arts. Over the last 5 years we’ve seen an increase in girls enrolling in our Inclusive Arts Course. After the class of 2019 graduated in April, we had several full-time paid positions throughout Epic Arts open to graduates. 3 out of the 4 female graduates decided to apply and were successfully interviewed and employed through our social enterprises.

In early 2019 before they graduated our students took part in an exciting creative media Community Arts Project – ‘Rise Up’

The project worked with women, girls and mothers affected by disability across Cambodia, from Epic Arts and other disability sector NGOs. Through creative storytelling workshops we turned women’s stories of discrimination & abuse into a powerful, catchy original song with an inspiring music video featuring over 50 people with disabilities.

Thanks to your donations we have the opportunity for our students to take part in projects like this, which not brings positive representation of people with disabilities in the media. Most importantly increases the confidence and pride of the young people taking part alongside professional dancers and well-known figures. ‘Rise Up’ video has been a big success and had over 158k views in Cambodia.

The video encourages and inspires viewers to challenge their perceptions around disability and discrimination and also inspires people with and without disabilities to rise up from the violence and advocate for equal rights.

Click the link to watch the video and see if you can spot our students.

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How COVID-19 is affecting our work

  • The Ministry of Education's decreed to close all schools and vocational training centres in the country in mid-March.
  • Our classrooms are empty for the time being but we’re committed to all of our students.
  • Education staff will be visiting our vulnerable students and their families regularly to make sure they are doing well and that they have up to date and correct information on how to stay healthy.
  • Many of our staff find it difficult to access information, so we've been regularly updating all staff on the ongoing situation. We've supplied 70 bottles of hand sanitiser, soap and thermometers to all staff and students.
  • From 23rd March we'll be practicing social distancing the majority of staff will be working from home until the Khmer New Year celebrations begin in April.

We made the tough decision this week to close the Epic Arts Café (our biggest income generator) now, more than ever, we need your support so that we can continue to offer support to vulnerable children in Cambodia.

We're wishing all of our friends and supporters around the world good health and safety!

The Epic Arts Team

graduate performers in starring roles
graduate performers in starring roles
Songwriters!
Songwriters!
 
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