Apply to Join

Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education

by Epic Arts
Play Video
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
Give Children with Disabilities an Arts Education
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

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

SEP Teachers See Positive Change in Parents

Last May we began a new class, Growing Class. The class is for children with disabilities aged between 3 and 6 and their caregivers. Special Education Teacher, Kagna, shares with us some of the changes she’s seen in parents in the first year of the class

“Before the parents started attending the Growing Class, they didn’t know how to support the needs of their children. The parents were unsure of the best ways to support their child’s development or even how their child should be developing. After joining the Growing Class, the parents are more confident in supporting their children.

 Many of the children are living in communities where their neighbours refer to the child as their disability (Deaf, Blind, Brain Problem) rather than the child’s given name. I’ve heard from the parents that they now feel that they can discuss disability openly with people in their communities and that they can explain to people that their child has a name and not to call them by their disability.

Having a child with a disability can isolate you so I think it’s important to have a place where parents of children with disability can meet because they understand each other’s feelings. I’m happy to see that the parents have good relationships. I often observe the parents, at snack time they will all talk and share stories together about their child’s experiences, as soon as one parent stops another parent will pick up the conversation and follow on with a similar story.

Myself and the other teachers always share our own experiences with the parents. Of course, the parents still worry about their children, ‘How will their disability affect their lives?’ ‘What will their children’s futures look like?’ I always share my own experiences and tell them that of course we don’t know what the future will hold but having a support network around you is important and that access to education, services and advice at an early age is the best start for any child!”

Kagna and the rest of the Epic Arts Special Education team are excited to hold more classes in 2019 as part of the Childhood funded project. If you’d like to keep support parents of children with disabilities, please consider setting up a reoccurring donation for 2019!

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Growing Class Student Playing
Growing Class Student Playing

Thank you for supporting Epic Arts and our mission to create a world where every person counts!

Earlier this year we announced our newest class, Growing Class, a weekly class for 3 - 6 year old’s with disabilities and their caregivers.

One mother shares her thoughts about bringing her son to study at Epic Arts,

“I want him to go to public school in the future. My son is 6 years old, I knew he had a disability from a young age but I wasn’t sure what kind of disability. When I joined Epic Arts the teachers told me that from his behaviour and their experience with other students that they could tell he is autistic.

I am very happy that my son can join the class at Epic Arts.Coming to the class is beneficial for him because it has helped him to build social skills with other students by playing together with friends in the class.

He will also get good learning experience from the teachers, because the teachers at Epic Arts have a lot of experience with children with disability.

I feel good about meeting other parents who also have children with disability. I can ask them about what’s happening with their children, and we can discuss real life stories. I feel quite lucky because I have a supportive family who accept my son, I feel that I can be supportive to the other mothers in the class”.

- Say Thyna, Mother of Growing Class Student

 We currently have 8 young children with disabilities attending the class and it’s going well. Teachers and parents are seeing positive changes and because of this we’re planning on adding another class for the students!

If you’d like to support families like Thyna’s to help children with disabilities receive an education please consider setting up a reoccurring donation for 2019!

Happy New Year from the Epic Arts Team! 

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Epic Arts

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @EpicArtsNews
Project Leader:
Anthony Evans
London, United Kingdom

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.