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Cambodian Disability Sports Development

by Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled)
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development
Cambodian Disability Sports Development

Global Giving Awarded naming rights of Kompong Speu Scorpions Volleyball Team The CNVLD is proud to announce Global Giving as the new 2009 naming rights + logo of the Kompong Speu Scorpions in recognition of Global Giving’s international efforts to raise funds for the CNVLD.

The Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions, coached by Cambodian National Team athlete Pin Sarath are one of the strongest teams in the National Volleyball League, a position they enhanced by defeating three time finalists Siem Reap Globe Magazine Eagles in the 2008 National League to claim 3rd place.

Coach Pin Sarath, who was born with severe polio in one leg was one of the most important contributors to the Cambodian National Volleyball Team when they became #3 in the World after defeating Poland at the 2007 WOVD Cambodia Standing Volleyball World Cup. Sarath will take his place at the forefront of the team once again when they participate in the 2009 WOVD India World Cup where Cambodia aim to become #1 in the World. Earlier this year, the Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions gave an outstanding demonstration of their skill and athleticism when they defeated the Australian Defence Forces Team 6-0 at the Annual CNVLD Australian Defence Forces Friendship Tournament in Ream Province.

Global Giving have hosted the CNVLD as one of their highlight projects since the start of 2009 when the CNVLD passed the United States Due Diligence requirements for donations for non-profit organisations from the United States.

To donate to the CNVLD through the Global Giving programme, simply visit The Global Giving CNVLD Page and follow the instructions on how to donate an amount of your choice.

Global Giving and the CNVLD:

Standing Up Together in Support of the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia

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Ms Tol Kolab– Breaking Down Prejudice, Being a Role Model and Pioneering the Push for CSR and Financial Transparency as a Cambodian Woman with a Disability. Ms Tol Kolab, 28, the most recent appointee to the CNVLD team, represents the new generation of Cambodian Women with a Disability who are determined to provide role models for their peers while being an active part of the increasing push for CSR and Financial Transparency in Cambodia. The appointment of Ms Tol Kolab as the new CNVLD Trainee Financial Manager is an integral element of one of the most pioneering financial management programmes in Cambodia. The CNVLD set new standards of transparency among NGOs in 2008 by inviting ANZ Royal Bank to oversee all aspects of its financial management. ANZ Royal Bank appointed their internal auditor Ms Sochanna Thai to conduct a review of all financial systems and subsequently identify and employ a part-time trainee to implement her recommendations. This unique partnership is funded by a combination of the CNVLD and a special ANZ Royal Internship Programme. Ms Tol Kolab has been working with Digital Divide Data (DDD) since 2002 and in a financial capacity since 2006. DDD was the Winner of the 2008 Annual CNVLD ‘Best Employer - Persons with a Disability’ Award and their dedicated staff also provide the core Volunteer Crew for the Annual National Volleyball League. ANZ Royal identified Miss Tol Kolab as an ideal candidate for the position of CNVLD Financial Manager and she now works part time with both organisations. At weekends, Kolab receives tutelage and supervision from ANZ Royal Bank internal auditor Ms. Sochanna Thai who volunteers her time for this purpose. The result is one of the most outstanding examples of the unique power of sport to foster positive social change within a framework of Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Transparency in the NGO sector. Kolab, who suffered polio at a young age, went to school in Kandal Province before moving to Phnom Penh in 1999 where she studied initially at Wat Thanh in a programme supported by Mary Knoll. After a friend told her about DDD, she began work there in 2002, first as an Operator digitizing archives for Richmond University and then in accounting. “I wanted to become an accountant to understand clearly about financial planning and how successful organisations and businesses are budgeted run and reported.” Thanks to her dedication, Kolab is enjoying great success, but her dignity belies the challenges she continues to face as a young Cambodian woman with a disability. Kolab spoke with the CNVLD about her experiences and ambition. “When I was young and went to school some of the students always mocked me and said ‘Why do you waste your time studying so hard and wanting to go to university? You are disabled and will never get a job.’ I used to cry a lot but never stopped studying because I knew the only way to stop this happening was to improve myself and prove them wrong. Now that I have a good education and a good job, people have changed their attitudes towards me. They congratulate me, are happy to talk with me and are very friendly.” “In my life, my goal is to have the opportunity to help persons with a disability have hope that they can succeed in changing people’s attitudes towards them. I don’t want to see people with a disability begging for money on the street because it makes people look down on them.” “Being independent is very important. People often look down on persons with a disability because they think we cannot do things for ourselves. Now I support myself – I ride my own motorbike I study and have a good job – if you help yourself, people help you back.” “When I studied at university, many people were very good to me. The teacher’s especially were very kind and also a lot of the students who helped me get up the stairs and reach the classroom. But some people still looked down on me and it was mostly the younger people aged 16 to 19. A few people joke or say bad words. I have found that older people in Cambodia are often more understanding and caring than younger people now. Education is the most important thing. You need education to understand about disability.” “I found about the ANZ CNVLD Internship through the DDD human resources department. I am very interested in working with the disability sports organisation because I want to work with this issue and with the athletes who have successfully overcome their disabilities. The athletes are a great example for all people with a disability because they can inspire them to feel they can succeed just like them.” “The new Disability Law is very important for Cambodia because many places are difficult to access. After being promoted to the position of cashier at DDD, I went to university to study accounting. Because of the time needed to study, I had to go back to being an operator at DDD. But then I had to give up my studies because the classrooms were on the 4th and 5th floors of the school and after climbing the stairs my legs hurt so much I couldn’t concentrate. Now I am looking for the new school where I can access the classrooms easily. I would like to ask all the managers and investors in Cambodia to think about their offices when they design them so there are ramps and lifts so that people with a disability can have equal access. “My ambition for the future is to work for a company like ANZ Royal where I can learn international standard financial management and service provision, have a very secure job and also be a role model for Cambodian women with a disability. “I am so happy learning with Sochanna because she is able to do a very high job, has a lot of responsibility and trains me very clearly. It also shows the changing role of women in Cambodian society. In the past the men here did everything and the women stayed at home but now they can have good jobs. I want to show that women can do these jobs as well.” “This has taught me an important lesson – the only way you can change people’s attitudes is to do it yourself. If I can be successful, I can help change people’s attitudes about people with a disability. I want to be a role model and people with a disability to study hard, work hard and try their best because when they are successful, they will change people’s thinking.”

The CNVLD Welcomes Ms Tol Kolab to the Nation’s Best Sports Programme!

Ms Tol Kolab, CNVLD, ANZ Royal Bank and DDD – CSR In Action At It’s Best

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Cambodia Passes National Disability Law The National Assembly of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia passed the first ever National Disability Law by a unanimous vote of 75 by lawmakers from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Friday 29th May 2009 guaranteeing the rights of persons with a disability.

The new law, which has been in its drafting stages since the establishment of a Government Working Group in 2001 and was sent to the Council of Ministers for ratification in February 2008, is a landmark piece of legislation in a nation which has one of the highest per capita rates of disability in the world.

H.E Saem Sokha, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation stated that he was proud of the new legislation and especially its provisions to guarantee equal access for persons with a disability to healthcare and education.

The CNVLD congratulates the Government of Kingdom of Cambodia and H.E Ith Sam Heng, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation for their work in successfully enshrining into law the rights for Persons with a Disability of Cambodia.

Through its internationally recognised Disability Sports programmes, the CNVLD will continue to provide sporting and economic opportunities to the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia who, through their high profile athletic endeavours and successes, raise the profile and awareness of the disability issue in support of the efforts of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons Shine in Tournament at ISPP with Defiance College The Annual ISPP Mixed Volleyball Tournament was held last Friday with the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons, ISPP students and Undergraduate students from Defiance College, Ohio playing in mixed teams for the title of 2009 House Champions.

In one of the best examples of mainstreaming disability sport and international education, the red hot, all-new Falcons team wowed the 30 student athletes with an outstanding display of athleticism and skill prior to the tournament when mixed teams consisting of 2 Falcons, 2 ISPP and 2 Defiance College students competed in a round robin competition for the title of 2009 House Champions.

The CNVLD – ISPP – Templestowe College relationship, now in its fifth successful consecutive year continues to reach new heights of cooperation and integration thanks to the outstanding work of ISPP Teachers Mr Brian Webster and Ms Marion Harris and the commitment of their students in Cambodia and the work of Templestowe College in Melboune Australia.

For Defiance College, from Ohio USA, this was their first year working together with the CNVLD and Laura Derov, a McMaster School of Advanced Humanity Fellow had spent the prior weeks interviewing over 30 CNVLD athletes as part of her dissertation and research for a publication in the Defiance Journal. The entire Defiance Delegation of 12 students and 5 teachers joined the tournament as a farewell on their last day in Cambodia.

Reflecting the success of the Disability / Landmines Study Group and the integration of disability sport and education, the students of the ISPP Disability and Landmines Study Group were responsible for organizing the Annual ISPP Mixed Volleyball Tournament with assistance from the ISPP P.E Department.

As the tournament progressed the myriad of immensely positive results of this unique cooperation became crystal clear for all to see. The unique power of sport shone again through the afternoon monsoon as the ISPP and Defiance students immediately bonded on the court together with the Falcons despite having only met just minutes before and the three groups being aged from 14 to 45.

The awe-inspiring strength, skill, agility and athleticism of the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons also proved not only that they have been training hard all year but intend to mount a serious challenge for the title of 2009 National League Champions.

Clearer still is the manner in which the ISPP students sincerely look up to the Athletes with a Disability as their local sporting heroes and, more importantly, learn camaraderie, teamwork and volleyball skills from their erstwhile tutors. After three years of playing together with the ISPP students, the Falcons pedagogic skills now shine as they demonstrate tactics and then encourage the students to replicate them. Even the ISPP P.E Teachers noted the improvement in the student’s volleyball skills and ISPP now have the clear objective to see their volleyball team win at the international MRISSA Volleyball competition.

The overwhelmingly positive reactions of the students and teachers from Defiance College to the levels of cooperation, understanding, and above all FUN, on display on Friday was also reflective of the great success of the CNVLD’s international schools cooperation programme.

After four rounds of increasingly intense competition, it was congratulations and adulation for the ISPP Sunbears who edged out the ISPP Dragons to claim the prize of 2009 House Champions!

The CNVLD wishes to thank ISPP and the Students and Teachers of the Disability / Landmine Study Group, the Defiance College Delegation and the Takeo ISPP Templestowe Falcons

The CNVLD, ISPP, Templestowe College and Defiance College: Using the Unique Power of Sport to Raise Awareness of Disability through Education.

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Thanks To Donna + Frank - Global Giving donors - we will shortly be purchasing 24 Mikaza Volleyballs for distribution to the clubs of the 2009 Cambodian National Volleyball League !

We apprecate the help greatly !

Thanks from Cambodia

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Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled)

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