Jul 18, 2018

Meet the Students You Funded - Part 3

Sophat, Hang and Maly
Sophat, Hang and Maly

Thank you for supporting the students on Epic Arts Inclusive Arts Course. Have you been thinking about donating again? All donations are currently being matched by 40% - Donate today to help us recieve free money for our students.

We’re now almost a year into the Inclusive Arts Course (IAC) and the students that you helped fund have settled in and found their feet. Last week the students held a performance showcase and had the audience in hysterics.

Although the course focuses on a range of art disciplines it’s not just an arts course. It’s a way for these young people to explore themselves, develop skills, confidence & new attitudes to their own ability.

In our last email update we introduced 3 new students. We’d like to introduce you to 3 more:

Sophat

Is a big character who enjoys performance whether that’s in the form of dance or drama. Originally from Pursath province, Sophat contracted polio when he was seven months old.

Sophat has never let his disability hold him back he joined Epic Arts in October 2017 after graduating grade 12 to study the creative arts in a formal space. Before Sophat joined Epic Arts he had a range of expeirience in the arts including; singing with musicians in his hometown for a year and a half, being a radio DJ on a local station for half a year and dedicated 6 months to learning keyboard.

Maly

Maly joined the Inclusive Arts Course after hearing about it from the deaf community in Kampot. Maly had previously been studying sign language at Deaf Development Programme (DDP) in Kampot, where many of Epic Arts staff hang out at the weekends.

Maly had got to know some of the Epic staff members and had come to a few performances in Kampot. She told us, “When I saw the deaf dancers, I thought it was amazing I love to draw and dance so I just thought WOW I want to do that! ”

Hang

Hang is from Kampong Thom and was born withcerebral palsy. She applied application to inclusive arts course because she likes to dance.

Hang is one student is one of the student’s who we’ve seen grow over the last year. When she first joined Epic Arts she was shy and made little eye contact, now comfortable in herself and her surroundings  she is bright, giggly and can be often seen taking a leadership role.

Your Gift Means a Lot

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 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

Hang during dance class
Hang during dance class
IAC group photo
IAC group photo
Jul 11, 2018

Creative Education For Children With Disabilities

SEP having fun drawing in class
SEP having fun drawing in class

This month our Special Education Project was awarded national recognition from the Ministry of Education, for the work we’re doing with children and young adults with  learning disabilities.

“It’s amazing that the government have recognized our work at a national level because the work we do is not just inclusive education, it’s inclusive education through the creative arts.

Inclusive Education through creative arts  is a unique concept in Cambodia and Epic Arts are pioneering the way forward.

I believe that the arts are the key to making inclusive education move forward and help even more children with learning disabilities access education .

The arts are a great way for children with disabilities to forget about the discrimination they face, to express themselves and to bring them happiness.” - Co-Director, Onn Sokny

We currently run three classes for children from age 3 to 27 with learning disabilities. Each and every child in our classes has a individual learning plan and personal targets to help them progress and develop. We have 33 students and our classes are small so that teachers can give attention to every student.

In Kampot, we’re the only organisation offering education for children with learning disabilities. Children with down’s syndrome or autism aren’t accepted into the public school system and there is limited knowledge about inclusive education.

Our Special Education Project couldn’t run without your donations. Why not set up a monthly donation this year to help us continue our work.

As little as £10 a month can help pay for the tuk-tuk to bring children to our centre, buy fresh fruit and snacks for the children or buy the materials and resources which the teachers need for their classes.

SEP student proud of his colourful drawing
SEP student proud of his colourful drawing
Apr 25, 2018

Meet The Students You Funded at Epic Arts - part 2

Sok feels the beat in music class
Sok feels the beat in music class

Thank you for supporting the students on Epic Arts Inclusive Arts Course.

We’re now eight months into the Inclusive Arts Course (IAC) and the students that you helped fund have settled in and found their feet.

 Although the course focuses on a range of art disciplines it’s not just an arts course. It’s a way for these young people to explore themselves, develop skills, confidence & new attitudes to their own ability.

 Our entry-level course transforms lives. Previous students have gone on to work as performers for Epic Arts and find work in other NGOs.

 Socheata an IAC graduate, recently donated to the course after graduating and securing a job with WaterAid Cambodiashe said, “I would not be where I am today without Epic Arts. I want to thank you and help you to help other young people with disabilities like me”

We have 13 new students on our course that we believe will be just as successful as Socheata and the many other graduates. In our last email update we introduced 3 new students. We’d like to introduce you to 3 more:

Sochon

Sochon is from Prey Veng province in the North-west of Cambodia. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years at Domnok Toek organization in Phnom Penh and he studied at public school with their help.

He has always loved the arts, but his disability stopped him from pursuing his passion. “Because I can’t see, I used to feel very helpless”

Sochon heard about Epic Arts and jumped at the chance to learn more about the subjects he loves but never had the confidence to try. “Now I’ve joined Epic Arts I know that everyone around me wants me to be involved. I always have an assistant describing activities to me”

Kakada

Kakada has severe hearing impairment, he lost the majority of his hearing when he was 6 months old after falling ill and not receiving the proper medical care. Kakada is a determined and persistent young man.

Kakada’s mother and father are both teachers and they refused to let their son give up because of his disability. They made sure he learnt how to read and write Khmer, a difficult task for those with hearing impairments, teaching him at home after school to make sure he didn’t fall behind his peers.

Kakada completed his formal education to grade 12 without any knowledge of sign language. After completing high school Kakada joined the Deaf Development Program for two years where he learnt sign language and was introduced to the deaf community of Kampot.

Kakada loves to dance and had heard about Epic Arts through DDP and the deaf community. As soon as Kakada found out that there were places on the Inclusive Arts Course he signed up for interviews.

Sok

Sok was raised in Kampot Province; he began primary school later than other children.

Sok has a visual impairment and when he was 14 he decided to finish his schooling. “It was difficult for me to see or read what was on the blackboard. The teachers didn’t try to include me”

Although he’d gotten to grade 6 he felt like he was wasting his time. With primary school education completed Sok thought that this was enough and started working on the family farm.

Sok heard about Epic Arts on the radio and wanted to join because he wanted to learn more skills and gain more knowledge. “From the interview I heard on the radio, I knew that Epic Arts would include me and I wanted to start learning as soon as I could”

Your Gift Means a Lot

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 this course so we rely hugely on donations from generous donors like you to fund our course.

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

Thank you

Sok, Kakada and Sochon
Sok, Kakada and Sochon
Sok during dance class
Sok during dance class
Sochon during dance class
Sochon during dance class
Sok feels the beat in music class
Sok feels the beat in music class
 
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