Humanity & Inclusion in Cambodia
Forty years after it was founded in Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand, Humanity & Inclusion continues to support communities in Cambodia, including hundreds of survivors of mines and other explosive remnants of war. Our team began working in Cambodia in 1982 under the umbrella of American Friend Service Committee. In 1987, we began to operate independently, providing artificial limbs and rehabilitation services to survivors of landmine explosions. Since then, our mission has expanded to include many more services.
Even though Cambodia has achieved strong economic growth rates and political stability in the past 20 years, the country still bears the scars of its violent history and the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979.
Landmines and other explosive remnants of war leftover from the conflict in the country continue to claim new victims today.
Areas of Intervention
- Rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics
- Armed violence reduction
- Socio-economic inclusion
- Disability prevention
Our 55 staff members work to reduce preventable disabilities, improve access to high quality health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, and to promote their social and economic independence. Today, Humanity & Inclusion is recognized as a major disability rights actor in Cambodia. Our team also works alongside communities in mine action, road safety and mother and child health initiatives.
We continue to support a rehabilitation center in Kampong Cham to ensure it provides quality services and to ensure the sustainability of the sector. Among patients are victims of road traffic accidents, people who have had strokes and those born with health problems. Humanity & Inclusion trains staff and works to improve the center's management system. Each year, more than 2,500 people with disabilities receive adapted rehabilitation services—including physical therapy, counseling and assistive devices—in Kampong Cham.
Humanity & Inclusion focuses on access to rehabilitation care for all, and early childhood development. Early childhood is a crucial window of opportunity to prepare the foundation for life-long learning and participation.
The organization also promotes the economic inclusion of people with disabilities to reduce poverty and social exclusion in a sustainable way. Our team supports the participation of every citizen in local governance.
Humanity & Inclusion trains mine clearance specialists from Cambodia Self-Help Demining (CSHD) to achieve the country's goal of becoming landmine-free by 2025.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Cambodia since 1982, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of communities where we serve.
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Humanity & Inclusion helped set up seven physical therapy center and the Para Tetra rehabilitation center as well as the school for physical therapists.
Road Safety in Cambodia
Humanity & Inclusion initiated the setup of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC), the Road Crash and Victim Information System (RCVIS) and developed the Road Safety curricula for primary and secondary education.
Humanity & Inclusion helped to set up the Cambodian Mine Victim Information System (CMVIS).
Our team developed screening tools for newborns and toddlers to help identify any disabilities or developmental delays for early intervention. Recognized by the Ministry of Health, these tools are being implemented nationwide.