A Permanent Location
While performing in hotels and other venues around Siem Reap, Landmine Survivors: Cambodia continues to work to reach our greatest goal: a permanent location. This new space will be much more than just a location for our performances, it will also be home to a residential and educational facility.
An important part of our in-house program will be to offer training in several professions that are useful and accessible to the disabled, thus enabling cast members to pursue progressive, successful lives outside the facility.
Here are a few:
- Sewing (cutting cloth for clothing) training
- Carving training
- Barber training
- Motorbike and bicycle repair training
- Electronic (Radio, TV, DVD,VCD) repair training
- English language lessons
Help Comes in Many Forms
People interested in helping out the disabled and their families don’t have to travel to Siem Reap or make a financial donation. There are many things that can be donated that would help us immeasurably and cost very little. For instance:
- English language teaching materials and study books
- School supplies like pencils, pens, notebooks and children’s books are all greatly needed by those who wish to learn this very important international language.
- Water filters for drinking and medical care for the families of the disabled.
If you have access to these things or have other ideas for things that would be helpful that you can provide, please Contact Us. We would be very happy to assist in getting any helpful gifts to our cast and their families.
We also welcome recommendations by tour operators and travel agents. Life is Struggle, Life is Hope is a unique cultural and theatrical experience and steering Siem Reap visitors to our shows will provide them with a unique experience that will warm their hearts with memories that will last a lifetime.
Visitors to Siem Reap who would like to volunteer some of their time will find themselves well-rewarded. There is no greater feeling than knowing you have helped to enrich the life of someone in need.
There will be many volunteer positions both at the Landmine Survivors: Cambodia facility when established and in the part of the country that surrounds it.
Because many visitors to Siem Reap speak English and languages other than Khmer (our cast members for the most part speak only Khmer) volunteers are greatly needed to sell products made by the disabled to tourists and to promote the handicapped work. Not only is this a wonderful way to help, it will also introduce volunteers to people visiting from all over the world and allow them to share a very important part of Cambodia’s culture.
Local businesses in need of determined, hard working help can get in touch with Landmine Survivors: Cambodia with any job opportunity for the handicapped. Our casts disabilities come in all forms and many are able to perform multiple tasks.
There are many rural regions of Cambodia where clean toilets are rare to non-existent. If you or someone you know has the expertise and/or materials to create sanitary facilities, Landmine Survivors: Cambodia will help direct your resources to those in need and provide assistance with delivery and installation.
In Cambodia, the US Dollar goes a very long way. For instance, ten dollars pays for an English course for someone for an entire month, fifteen dollars would buy a water filter that could produce drinking water for a whole family. The list goes on and on.
Needless to say, we welcome your help. Whether it comes in the form of a donation of money, school supplies and other materials or sharing your experience on social networking sites, your support helps make the desires of those less fortunate become a reality. It provides them with the skills and the confidence that all people need to help them have an independent life.
All beneficiaries of Landmine Survivors: Cambodia are either landmine survivors or people with other disabilities whose conditions need desperately to be improved.