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Jan 25, 2018

Meet The Students You Funded at Epic Arts - part 1

New students - Malis, ChanDoeb & Ly
New students - Malis, ChanDoeb & Ly

Meet The Students You Funded at Epic Arts – Part 1

 Happy New Year from all of the students and staff at Epic Arts!

Over the past few months the students you helped fund have been settling in to life at Epic Arts. Two new students join the Inclusive Arts Course bringing the total number of students to 13. In late December the students completed the first term of their course and the teachers were singing their praises.

 A huge part of the first term is dedicated to the students getting to know each other and finding creative ways to collaborate and communicate. The students have a wide variety of disabilities from visual & hearing impairments to cerebral palsy.

Now that they're settled in we'd like to introduce you to some of the students:

Malis

“Malis is a strong leader with clear creative vision, she’s great at bringing a group together. She’d make a great Director!” - IAC Dance Tutor

Malis loves to dance and was inspired to join Epic Arts by her friend, Socheat, who works as a professional wheelchair dancer at Epic Arts. Like Socheat, Malis uses a wheelchair to get around because she contracted polio when she was an infant and was left with limited use of her legs. Before she joined Epic Arts Malis studied at a school for children with disabilities (Lavalla School.) Maly went on to study at University of Phnom Penh with the help of a scholarship from Lavalla School.

 ChanDoeb

 “Chandoeb has beautiful improve skills and a lovely flow to his dance movement. He’s very independent and has very creative ideas.” – IAC Dance Tutor

ChanDoeb was raised in Kampot Province but went to study at Lavalla School near Phnom Penh as a child. After finishing Grade 5 at 18 years old Chandoeb was put forward for a year-long vocational training course in Farming. He then moved back home with his parents to look after their cow and help with the housework before hearing about Epic Arts’ course through a neighbor.

Ly

“Ly is hilarious in his drama performances. He’s a talented dancer and he’s a very confident performer” – IAC Dance Tutor

 Ly is a deaf student from the outskirts of Kampot. Ly was born with a hearing impairment. There are isn't sign language integration in the public school system and hearing aids aren't readily available. Ly spent two years learning sign language with the Deaf Development Programme in Kampot followed by a year of hairdressing training.

 “I saw the Epic Arts videos that’s why I joined the course. I want to be a star in the next video! I’m excited to study drama, practice and improve.” – Ly, IAC Student

  

These are just three of our students, over the next few months - we'll be sending you updates on their progress and introducing you to the other students that you've helped with your kind donation.

Thank you again for our helping us to get these students onto the Inclusive Arts Course, we're so grateful for your donation

We receive no statutory funding for our Inclusive Education Programmes so we really rely on donations from generous donors like you as well as sustainable income from our social enterprises.

If you can, please consider setting up a monthly donation to help us continue to deliver this life-changing course.

Malis during dance class
Malis during dance class
Ly dances together with a student who is blind
Ly dances together with a student who is blind
Jan 17, 2018

"I Want to be the Next Epic Arts Video Star!"

Students working in Visual Arts Class
Students working in Visual Arts Class

We’d like to wish you a happy new year from all the staff and students at Epic Arts! 

Both our Special Education classes and Inclusive Education Course  are back after some much needed rest. 

Inclusive Arts Course

Our Inclusive Arts Course began in late October thanks to you and your generous donations. We welcomed 13 students on to the course. They finished their first term in December and all thirteen students returned back in early January.  

“I really enjoy coming to Epic Arts course it is so good to work creatively together with others  and to be accepted as me” – IAC student

“I joined Epic Arts because I saw all their videos on Facebook. I want to be the star of the next one!” – IAC student

“I’ve been blown away by how much they’ve grown and developed in my class!” – IAC Dance Teacher

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Special Education Project 

The Special Education team are back with Peace Class (6-11) and Independent Class (13 – 27)  We have exciting news in the pipeline for our Special Education Project in 2018 we will be looking for children with disabilities under the age of 6 to join our  project. This is the first time we’ve formally had a class for younger children but we have had a few success stories from children we’ve taught. 

“I’ve seen from my own son, Nak - who has Down’s Syndrome and has been at Epic Arts since he was three years old, that when we teach children from a younger age it really develops there ability to learn”  - Kagna, SEP Team Leader & Senior Teacher

"I'm happy because we get to reach more families to show them that their children can learn. I’m excited because I believe that this will lead to more children with disability being accepted into primary schools, which will give them more opportunities in life!”" - Chanthat, Social Worker

 

We can’t support these young adults and children  without your generous donations, Thank you from 

 

 

Students during Dance Class
Students during Dance Class
Students during Dance Class
Students during Dance Class
Oct 30, 2017

New Students Join Epic Arts!

New IAC Students
New IAC Students

Thank you for supporting students to join Epic Arts Inclusive Arts Course.

Earlier this month 11 young people with & without disabilities aged 17 – 25 came from far and wide from across to begin their journey with Epic Arts. The new students will study together and live in our boarding house together for 2 years.

 The course focuses on a range of art dicsiplines from visual arts to music and also features English class, IT & Life skills – which covers everything from wellbeing to CV writing.

 The Inclusive Arts Course is not only an arts course it’s a way for these young people to explore themselves, develop skills, confidence & new attitudes to their own ability.

 The course has proven to be transformative with previous students saying that the course helped them to “see that even though I have a disability I have value to society and I can lead a good life.”

Here’s what the students have to say for themselves:

 

“I have cerebral palsy and I want to get stronger. Epic Arts believe in me, it makes me feel proud that they have a someone else with CP working as a dancer & administrator already”. – Hang

 

“I’m happy to be in a place where all the staff & classmates help each other, I want to help other people too! Epic Arts is a good atmosphere for everyone if you have a disability or not!” - Maly

 

“I saw the Epic Arts videos that’s why I joined the course. I want to be a star in the next video! I’m excited to study drama, practice and improve.” - Ly

 

“I want to learn how to dance to songs that I like to listen too. I’m excited to make new friends with students & staff” – Sok

 

“I played the drums a little bit before and I want to get better. My aim is to learn to be a musician” - Dop

 

“I love to dance! I’m excited to learn contemporary dance and ways to dance in my wheelchair” - Malis

 

The students also sent their thanks to everyone has donated so far to the course.

 

From the global giving campaign we’ve been able to fully fund 2 students from your donations.

This course receives no statutory funding so we really on donations from our generous donors and income from our social enterprises to fund the course.

If you can, please set up a monthly donation to help us continue to deliver this life-changing course.

Veteran Performer, Savy, teaches a student
Veteran Performer, Savy, teaches a student
New students enjoy dance class
New students enjoy dance class
Performer, Mary, Leads a game with students
Performer, Mary, Leads a game with students
 
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