On the REECH calendar September is all about bikes. During this month supporters are invited to purchase a bike which will be given to a family with a disabled child living in rural Pursat, a large province in central Cambodia.
A bike can make the world of difference to a family with limited, if any transportation options. A bike enables veggies and other produce to be taken to nearby markets for sale; a sick baby to be taken to a medical clinic or a teenager to continue their education in a nearby high school.
Working in partnership with DDSP, the province’s largest provider of services to those with a disability, REECH gives away over fifty bikes each January. Most recipients never in their life imagined owning their own bike so to give one to such a family simply blows them away.
With just weeks before the end of the 2017-18 financial year REECH Cambodia received word its application for registered charity status had been approval by the ACNC. This great news ables REECH to issue tax deductible receipts for donations received.
Who would have thought a suitcase of toys 12 years ago would end up here?
Srey Nin is a young girl with cerebral palsy living in a remote part of Pursat province. When we first met her several years ago Srey Nin spent her time sitting absently in her wheelchair. She wasn’t able to attend school and nothing was done to stimulate or engage her. Her sparkling eyes suggested however she was a bright button.
REECH Cambodia decided that if she wasn’t able to attend school then a way had to be found to take school to her.
Arrangement were made for a home tutor to visit her several times a week.
When we last visited her she was a different girl. She was dressed in her school uniform and wearing the biggest smile possible. She stood at her desk in front of a white board that had been set up in a space for her and her tutor. She was excited and chatty, eager to show off how she could read her alphabet and do simple sums. It was so very rewarding to see the difference accessing education was making in her life.