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

Oct 10, 2019

You're Helping to Change Lives

Co-Director, Onn Sokny
Co-Director, Onn Sokny

Thanks for supporting the Inclusive Arts Course at Epic Arts. Each year shy and nervous students, who’ve never taken part in the arts before, are empowered through our creative education curriculum.

But we don’t just run courses, our day-to-day programmes are backed up with advocacy and lobbying because every child deserves an education.

The majority of our students come to us we little, or no experience of formal education because of stigma of their disabilities or access to schools. We thought that we’d let you know about an exciting behind-the-scenes update

Country Director Onn Sokny has been selected to be part of the NGO Education Partnership Committee on Primary Education. Over the next two years the committee will work together with the Cambodian Government to create a strategy to reach the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goal to ensure inclusive and quality education for all! 

Growing up with a disability Sokny knows the challenges that children with disabilities face,describing how she felt about her disability as a child Sokny said,

“I used to pretend that I didn’t have a disability. I would cover my leg every day with a long sarong. I wouldn’t dare to look in a mirror because I hated what I saw and how I looked. Each day I wished that people would be nice to me, that they wouldn’t look down on me. I didn’t realise that I had the right to dream, that I even had a right to a future. When I think back to that little girl I want make her believe in herself. I want to tell her it will get better, you are unique & valued. You’ll find people who will believe in you and eventually you’ll believe in yourself!”

 Being selected for this prestigious national committee is great news for our Inclusive Education Programme which aims to empower, educate and transform children and young people to lead independent &fulfilled lives.

Your Gift Means a Lot

We receive no statutory funding for our programme so we rely on donations from generous donors like you to fund our life-changing courses and advocacy work.

Please consider setting up a monthly donation to help us continue our transformational work.

From all of the Epic Arts team thank you for your continued support

 
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