As sports can be a way to create bridges between people, it can also raise awareness around a specific topic by bringing people together. In this regard, adaptive sports for people with disability help to put people with disability on the forefront.
In Cambodia, adaptive sports are starting to gain a strong foothold through the implementation of different activities related to disability and sports.
Besides the projects established by Soulcial Trust and its different partners, other projects have been flourishing throughout the country.
Kampuchea Balopp is a Cambodia-based project which promotes access to sports to both children with disabilities and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Soulcial Trust and Kampuchea Balopp had organized a joint event last June. This event allowed knowledge transfer between the different actors of rugby present in Cambodia as well while children enjoyed themselves.
Indochina Starfish Foundation
Indochina Starfish Foundation shares many a value of Soulcial Trust’s. The organisation is a Cambodia-based NGO that offers education and access to sports to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and children with disabilities. In 2018, Indochina Starfish Foundation put in place a wheelchair football project allowing children with disabilities to enjoy their favorite sport as well.
International Committee of the Red Cross – Cambodia
The International Committee of the Red Cross supports multiple projects throughout Cambodia. They financed the creation of a female wheelchair basketball team in Battambang. Soulcial Trust and the ICRC have collaborated on many occasions, through the donation of new wheelchairs to Soulcial Trust’s wheelchair basketball team or during the selections for the Paralympics in Battambang in February 2019.
Many sport projects are available in Cambodia to strengthen the inclusion of people with disability. Sports can be the gateway towards building a more open and inclusive society in Cambodia.
If you know any other adaptive sport projects present in Cambodia, feel free to leave a comment and let us know about it!