Sep 26, 2019

Can You Help Children go to School?

Country Director, Onn Sokny
Country Director, Onn Sokny

Can you help children with disabilities go to school?! We can with some exciting news here at Epic Arts which will raise our influence at government level!

Country Director Onn Sokny has been selected for the NGO Education Partnership Committee on Primary Education. This is great news for our Inclusive Education Programme which aims to empower, educate and transformchildren and young people to lead independent &fulfilled lives.

Over the next two years Sokny and the committee will be working 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! 

Sokny has humble beginnings at Epic Arts and has risen through the ranks over the last 12 years from Dance Workshop Participant to Country Director.

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!”

Growing up with a disability Sokny knows the challenges that children with disabilities face and she’ll now be making sure that they’re represented and their needs are considered at government level.

Most importantly Sokny is on a mission to make sure that children with disabilities have the same access to education as non-disabled children and they can dare to dream.

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

Jul 12, 2019

Students You Funded Now Employed!

"I'm very happy to get a job at Epic Arts" - Hang
"I'm very happy to get a job at Epic Arts" - Hang


The Inclusive Arts Course has finished for another group of young people but their journeys are not over. Seven graduates you supported on the course were employed this year!

As our Inclusive education team prepare for a new intake of students, we’ll update you on the graduates who’ve been employed at Epic Arts!

Hang – Epic Creations Shop Assistant

Hang is using the skills she learnt on the Inclusive Arts Course in the Epic Creations shop in Kampot. She’s enthusiastically making Handicrafts and learning about customer service from her mentor and Shop Leader, Sina.

“ I am very happy that I can work in Epic Creations Shop. I really like to work with my boss, Sina, she has lots of skills and is teaching me how to make different products like, notebooks postcards and bags! I am so happy!” – Hang, 2019 Graduate and Shop Member

Malis – Community Arts Performer

Malis joined our community outreach team and has been working hard learning performances and workshops. As part of the team she’s already delivered 5 creative workshops in local schools.


“My family and community have changed the way they think about me, before the course they thought that I couldn’t do anything, but now they admired because I have ability good attitude and I’m thoughtful. My dream is to go on to become an excellent drama performer.” - Malis, 2019 Graduate and Epic Creations Assistant


Your Gift Means a lot

The majority of our students join us at the start of the course with little confidence after being isolated from their communities because of their disabilities. Our Inclusive Arts Course is an opportunity for young people with and without disabilities to not only learn artistic skills but to develop into confident people who believe in themselves.

Support us by donating again and transforming the lives of young people with disabilities in Cambodia!

Hang shows us a product she made
Hang shows us a product she made
"I fee confident!" - Malis
"I fee confident!" - Malis
Malis speaks at an event
Malis speaks at an event
Jul 1, 2019

Epic Arts Employs the Students You Funded!

Sok leading a dance workshop at a local schools
Sok leading a dance workshop at a local schools

The Inclusive Arts course came to an end for another round of students in April. Ten young people with disabilities graduated our 18-month course with not just arts and performance skills but with increased confidence in themselves.

During the transition the students had exit interviews and applied for full-time positions at Epic Arts. 60% of the students gained full-time employment with Epic Arts social enterprises, half of them are young women with disabilities. The other 40% of graduates were supported by the Inclusive Education Team through the exit process to find employment or creative opportunities in other organizations.

Sok and Malis joined our community outreach team and have been working hard with the team to learn new performances, they have already delivered 5 creative workshops in local schools as part of an ongoing partner project with WaterAid.

“My family and community have changed the way they think about me, before the course they thought that I couldn’t do anything, but now they admired because I have ability good attitude and I’m thoughtful. My dream is to go on to become an excellent drama performer.” - Malis, 2019 Graduate and Performer

Sakiros, Ly, and Kakada applied to work at Epic Arts Café and they’ve been happily practicing their English with customers and learning new skills from senior café staff

Hang is working at Epic Creations Shop, where she is enthusiastically making handicrafts and learning about customer service

“ I really support other young people with and without disabilities to join Epic Arts course, I’ve learnt a lot and I’m more independent. I’m happy that I got a job with Epic Arts, I really like to make handicrafts and trying to talk to customers!” - Hang, 2019 Graduate and Epic Creations Assistant

Your Gift Means a Lot

We receive no statutory funding for this course so we rely on donations from generous donors like you to fund our life-changing course and empower young people with disabilities. Please consider setting up a monthly donation to help us continue our transformational work.

Thank you

Malis teaches a student proper hand washing steps
Malis teaches a student proper hand washing steps
 
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