The Employment Support project was born as a direct response to the needs of the adult players of the adaptive sports project. Earning an average of $13/day for an average family size of five, our wheelchair sports players and their families struggle and depend on an unreliable income. As a matter of fact, most are unable to find stable employment due to a lack of education. Often they were not allowed to go to school due to their disability. They also experience employment discrimination against people with disabilities.
The Employment Support project works to connect stable employment opportunities in Siem Reap with the players of the adaptive sports teams; promote and expand businesses run by people with disabilities in Cambodia; and identify existing resources where our players can receive hard skills training for job employment.
ACHIEVEMENTS & OBJECTIVES
In 2018, the programme focused on training with free English classes offered to the wheelchair basketball players. The classes aim to increase the player’s employability in tourism businesses, Siem Reap’s first industry. Besides, the Trust supported the creation of our player and wheelchair basketball coach Leang’s small barbershop thanks to an interest-free loan allowing him to buy the needed equipment to start his business.
In 2019, the Employment Support Programme will be implemented through a Social Business Project. The Business will offer people with disability training and employment opportunities and will be located in Siem Reap.