New XLability Project: Employment Support
February 1, 2018
At Soulcial Trust we are always striving to improve our programmes by speaking with the people we support and listening to their needs. In December 2017, after 3 months of working with the players of the Siem Reap wheelchair basketball team, we had several discussions around the issues that people with disabilities in Cambodia face. First and foremost on everyone’s mind was money, particularly having a steady income that was enough to feed their families. The players with disabilities who come to the trainings earn an average of $13/day for an average household size of five. This income is dependent on inconsistent sources, such as construction work or driving a tuk tuk.
Soulcial Trust members and volunteers conducted household surveys on all the players to identify their monthly costs, income, and skills. These surveys provide an important basis for the XLability Employment Support programme: with them, we can identify what skills the individuals have and what skills they want to learn.
The Employment Support programme works to connect players with disabilities to skills training and jobs. It consists of the following activities:
- Identify resources where people with disabilities can gain marketable skills to increase their chances of being hired;
- Create a database of businesses who are willing and interested in hiring people with disabilities;
- Connect people with disabilities to opportunities to grow their average monthly income, such as shops willing to sell handcrafts made by our players;
- Promote people with disabilities’ income-generating projects and businesses.
The Employment Support programme’s initial goal is to increase the average monthly income of the people we work with by 10%, and ensure that this is stable income they can rely on. Some of the activities we have or are currently working on include:
- Hiring our players to do construction jobs for personal home projects;
- Wherever possible, using the skills of our players or their families for Soulcial Trust’s costs, such as fixing the wheelchairs at the all-ability wheelchair sports centre;
- Working with restaurants and businesses who sell products to get our players’ products displayed and sold;
- Promoting our players’ business ventures, such as a new mobilituk (accessible tuk tuk) and disability tourism;
- Meeting with potential partners to provide training to our players.
Are you a business with a job or training opportunity for a person with a disability? Please contact us at email@example.com to find out how you can support employment for people with disabilities in Cambodia.