Cobbity School, Mondulkiri Province
The first Rideaid School, it serves students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Featured in the documentary film ‘Frank and Daz Take on the World,’ it is further supported by its sister school in Australia.
Sihanoukville, Cambodia - Implementing partner M’Lop Tapang aims to link training to effective, viable income generation opportunities for young men and women (age 15+). By providing the opportunity to learn a skill, these students are empowered to support themselves and their families in the future. We equip them with life skills including Khmer and English language, health and drug awareness, and budgeting before entering the workforce so they are able to maintain employment in an increasingly competitive environment. Currently, 70 children are learning skills in motorbike mechanics, electrical repair and installation, welding, and screen printing. The girls’ centre trains over 30 students – many of whom formerly worked in karaoke bars or as sex workers – in sewing, arts and crafts, and hospitality skills.
Kampot, Cambodia - The Vocational Training Program (VTP), implemented by RideAid partner Epic Arts, is the only course of its kind in Southeast Asia. The progam gives talented young Cambodians with disabilities the opportunity to harness their creative potential, develop their skills as professional performers, and act as advocates for integration. In March 2009 eleven physically disabled or deaf students began the first full time VTP course. Upon graduation, they will go on to lead community workshops and performances as part of Epics ongoing work in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia - This unique, sustainable social enterprise project is a hybrid between a charitable cause and a profitable business. RideAid has established a commercial motorbike repair shop, parts store, and adjacent electronic repair shop. What sets it apart from other shops is that all staff and trainees are disabled youth. The aim of this training facility is to give disabled youth the skills to create a sustainable business and improve their livelihoods.
The pilot project commenced in January 2010 and the next outlet in Siem Reap is already under development. RideAids goal is to establish one in every major town in the country.