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Mar 16, 2020

Epic Arts Latest Viral Video Makes a Noise!

Women with disabilities and the students you funded are making a noise in Cambodia and saying “no more” to inequality in our latest original song and music video “Rise Up”

On International Women’s day 2020 we released a new video which included students from our Inclusive Education Programme, which you helped to fund!

The video was part of a community arts project which 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.

We believe in equality, inclusion and diversity, so of course the video included a huge range of people from all walks of life, from Epic Arts special education students to a Cambodian Vlogger.

Thanks to your donations we have the opportunity for our students to take part in projects like this, which not only creates inclusive projects and brings positive representation of people with disabilities in the media.

Most importantly, students involvement in these creative projects increases their confidence and pride as they work alongside professional dancers and well-known figures.

‘Rise Up’ video has been a big success and had over 130k views in Cambodia in just a week.

We wanted to encourage and inspire viewers to challenge their perceptions around disability and discrimination and to also inspire people with and without disabilities to rise up from the violence and advocate for equal rights. We believe ‘Rise up’ is doing just that as it’s had over 130k views and over 2k shares on Facebook and numerous supportive comments.

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

Once again, thank you for supporting Epic Arts

Jan 8, 2020

How You've Helped Epic Arts!

Class of 2019
Class of 2019

"Epic Arts are just the most wonderful NGO and both they and the town of Kampot have a special place in my heart. Epic Arts are working to transform the lives of so many people with disabilities and how these people are perceived. I've been fortunate enough to visit their school in Cambodia four times in the past five years and have seen their hard work and life changing impact first hand. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people who have donated to Epic Arts over the past month. Thank-you so much!"

- Patrick Renouf

In December Epic Friends, Patrick, Hannah & Sokun, took part in the Angkor Wat Half Marathon. Not only did they finish the race but thanks to you they also raised an incredible $2,181 USD for our Inclusive Arts Education Projects!

The donations raised from the race will help us to empower young people with disabilities through our Inclusive Arts Course (IAC).

The young people on the course are able to find their creative voice, develop new skills & gain confidence. As well as creative skills, students also become a part of our supportive community of staff who all believe in every person's ability.

Through education, self-expression and this unique environment they learn to believe in their own abilities for the first time. They come to realise that the discrimination they’ve faced over the years should not be the norm and they see that they can have value in their community just like anyone else.

Our last course ended in April with 12 young people with and without disabilities graduating. We’re currently on the lookout for new students to join the course starting in Spring 2020 – Get in touch if you know any young Cambodians who’d be interested!

Thank you once again for donating to Epic Arts! As a supporter you’ll receive short updates about what we’re up to once every 3 months.

The Epic Arts Team 

Dec 26, 2019

How Your Donation Helped This Year!

Independent Class Students
Independent Class Students

45 children and young people with disabilities say "Thank You!"

Over the last year your donation has meant that we could provide education to 45 children and young people with disabilities. Our work simply cannot happen without you! We appreciate every donation, every video viewed and shared on social media, every race run to raise money and every time you tell someone about our work!

Because of your generous donation

Our pre-school class has brought young children with all kinds of disabilities and their parents to play together, to learn from each other’s challenges and to believe in their child’s ability to learn.

Our Peace Class has encouraged children with learning disabilities to believe in themselves and to give them the chance to learn and have a education Our Independence Class has provided much needed support, independent life skills and a supportive community to young adults with learning disabilities who don’t have any other services to turn too.

Our Inclusive Arts Course saw 12 young people with and without disabilities use the arts to transform from shy students to empowered people who believe in themselves and advocate for an inclusive society.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all Epic Arts staff and students.

Thank you once again for giving the gift of education to children and young people with disabilities in Cambodia!

Please help us to continue our work by making a one-off or recurring donation

Thank You,

The Epic Arts Team

 
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