Having a Dream Center

Boy with cochlear implant (above his ear)

Korea Telecom sponsored a center for Cambodian deaf children to receive a medical device called a cochlear implant to help them hear some sounds by bypassing the part of their ear that does not work. Click here to see photos from the opening of the center.

Launch of ACCESS

This week saw the launch of the Australia Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable and Sustainable Services (ACCESS) to which the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme was invited.

Several officials spoke and there was a panel discussion on how this program can impact projects to address gender-based violence and the needs of people with disabilities.
DDP brought several of its staff to the event
and also provided the sign language interpreting (right).
Seven members of a dance troupe (many of them former DDP students) from Epic Arts offered a performance with performers both with and without disabilities.

ANM – 4

On this last day of the ANM, we had a blessing ceremony to pray in the Buddhist and Christian traditions for protection for the students and staff of DDP and for a good learning and working environment. Click here to see some photos from the blessing ceremonies.

ANM – 1

Some of the wildlife at the new DDP office

Today we started the official sit-down meetings of the Annual Negotiations Meeting with the Finnish Association of the Deaf. Click here to see some of the day’s activity.

Staff Meeting at New DDP

Just a day or so after making the move to our new DDP office site, we had a staff meeting on the large front porch. Normally we would have used our meeting room but the staff complained it was full of mosquitoes–it was!—so we moved our first meeting in the new building outdoors and Sokly explained about some of our personnel policy.

Bi Salon at Work!

DDP has a Job Training Project and one of our placements for training of young deaf women is at Bi Salon, where ten of our students are trained in various parts of the operations of a beauty salon. Ms. Kem Khemara, a local businesswoman who spent seven years in Japan, owns the salon and has been the driving force in welcoming and training our students who have done very well under her tutelage.

Last week Khemara surprised us by bringing her stylists to DDP and cutting our students’ and staff’s hair in an impromptu salon on our new front porch. It was a wonderful experience, especially for many of the deaf young women who seldom if ever have their hair cut like that, and we sincerely thank Khemara and her staff for their generosity with their time and their talents!

Kem Khemara (L) cutting a student’s hair in an impromptu beauty session at DDP.
DDP students waiting their turn for a haircut.
Khemara and her stylists with DDP staff and students after an afternoon of cutting.