Meet Martin!Going in and out of Soulcial Trust’s office, Martin busied himself with the social enterprise project he was working on. He vigilantly took photos of the jam samples produced by people with disabilities, drafting a business proposal to approach potential companies as part of our employment support programme.
Saat Awareness Campaign during Khmer New Year eventThe Siem Reap Green Committee (SRGC) carried out their first event during Khmer New Year two weeks ago, partnering with the Phnom Penh Saat team.
After AmputationCommemorating International Mine Awareness Day, Soulcial Trust has embarked on a life narrative project to unravel the lived experience of disabilities in Cambodia. We have comprised four stories of our wheelchair basketball players to illuminate their everyday challenges, aspirations, and dreams in life.
New Adaptive Sporting ActivitiesSoulcial Trust, in partnership with Krousar Thmey, a Cambodian NGO working for the protection of disadvantaged children, started its blind football trainings with the children from the Krousar Thmey’s school of Siem Reap last week.
Paralympic qualifying game in BangkokBangkok welcomed the 2018 Asian Para Games Wheelchair Basketball qualifying tournament from the 2nd to the 11th of March. Beating Laos and India wheelchair basketball team, the Battambang team is now officially qualified for Paralympic Games!
Celebrating World Water DayIn celebration of World Water Day on March 22, 2018, Soulcial Trust teamed up with some of its partners to highlight the work they do to protect our waters.
What is volunteering anyways?Volunteer work, we suggest, is way more complex and a two-way journey that involves collaboration between locals and volunteers. Through interaction with locals, nevertheless, volunteering compels you to reflect on life and ponder the wider root causes of various pressing social issues. It widens your perspective in valuable ways and challenges your assumptions.
5 Ways to reduce our carbon footprint in our everyday lifeIn December 2015, the world came together when 196 nations (now 195, as the USA wants to withdraw) agreed to limit the global rise in temperature to below 2 °C. They called this the Paris Agreement. While it’s a daunting task, especially as an individual. What can each of us do to affect the whole system?
New Partner Schools for Disability Education Course!Over the last few weeks, Soulcial Trust’s team was pleased to meet with students from two new schools to talk about disability, raising awareness among young people in Siem Reap about challenges faced by people with disabilities.
New XLability Project: Employment SupportIntroducing our new programme to increase disability employment opportunities. The programme is working to identify our players skills, connect them with resources to gain additional skills, and help create additional job opportunities for them.
Meet Dylan!Dylan Crawford is an undergraduate student in Australia, majoring in photography and journalism. Today, he joined the sports team with disability to learn about wheelchair basketball.
Why is wheelchair sports important to you?Soulcial Trust members sat down with some of the players from the International Wheelchair Sports Exchange to talk about the role adaptable sports plays in their lives. The first thing we asked everyone we sat down with: why is wheelchair sports important to you?
Meet Elie!Elie is a volunteer from Toulouse, France, who has been in Siem Reap since August 2017 and who volunteers with Soulcial Trust as a part-time coach of the Siem Reap wheelchair basketball team.
Guddu’s New Life Experience!Guddu is our Operations Officer in Soulcial Trust in India who attended the Engage Disability Conference in Chennai, India, and also Soulcial Trust’s International Wheelchair Sports Exchange in Siem Reap, Cambodia in November 2017. It was his first time on an airplane.
Ocean in Motion Film FestivalSoulcial Trust teamed up with Plastic Free Cambodia and Ocean Recovery Alliance to put on a short film festival in Siem Reap.
Cheang Gee’s StoryCheang Gee, one of the players on the Siem Reap team, shares his story in this beautiful photo essay.
Why I Like Wheelchair BasketballIn honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Soulcial Trust presents a photo essay highlighting why our athletes like wheelchair basketball.
GAEA Initiative: We Clean Our Streets
Soulcial Trust participated in one of our Green Influence partner’s initiatives.
Volunteer Abroad with Soulcial Travel
Morgane, a Soulcial Trust volunteer, shares why YOU should volunteer abroad, too!
Siem Reap vs. Battambang: Siem Reap Team’s First Game!
The players of the All-ability Wheelchair Sports Centre played their first game against the Battambang Wheelchair Basketball team!
Portrait of the day : Meet Rob
Meet Rob, a teacher in Siem Reap and trainer at the wheelchair sports centre!
Wheelchair accessible tuk-tuk : what a brilliant idea !
Discover Phanat Ouch’s initiative!
Siem Reap businesses support XLability
XLability is growing up thanks to new supports !
The first wheelchair sports centre opens its doors in Siem Reap
On Thursday 7 September around 20 people came together for the first training session of Siem Reap’s new wheelchair sports centre.
Where there’s a wheel there’s a way!
XLability is reality! Our teams are ready, the dates are fixed and the sports centre is now open!
Green meeting: 2nd edition
Discover what have been decided during the second green meeting with the steering committee.
Fat Panda’s Café
Discover our opening party!
On August 1st, the Soulcial Trust and Fat Panda’s café teamed up to prepare a kick-off party for our month long fundraising partnership!
Find out more about the event!
A journey through disability
Check out the inspiring story of Abrar Hassan who learnt how to work with his disabilities!
Discover his work!
EDUCATION FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
When renovated buses provide medical care and special education
Charaibeti, a project of the Indian “Tomorrow’s Foundation”, won France’s national Human Rights Prize in December 2016 for its work with disabled children.
Discover their work!
Free Wheelchair Mission
One million wheelchair given!
The NGO Free Wheelchair Mission has given its millionth wheelchair since its creation in 2001.
When a single idea leads to empowerment!
The Awesome Foundation designated the winner of July’s grant to Katie Savin with her project Peer-To-Peer Wheelchair Repair.
For a cleaner city
On 29 June, a number of businesses and NGOs in Siem Reap, Cambodia met to discuss the initiation of a city wide environmental awareness programme.
When dance has no limit
From the day he was born, Blessing Fire has been told he could never walk nor stand and would have to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. But nobody said anything about breakdancing!
Eco Workshops in Siem Reap !
Want to leave a green footprint while discovering Siem Reap? The Clean Green Cambodia Eco Workshops are for you !
Our new team has just experienced our Eco Workshops project! Combining environmental awareness workshops and touristic activities, the workshops raise awareness about social and environmental issues in developing countries, and particularly in Cambodia.
John Melvin’s Art
A Giant plastic bottle octopus invades Siem Reap International Airport
John Melvin has teamed up with the NGO the Soulcial Trust, which works locally on environmental initiatives, to impact visitors visually with the sculpture as they arrive in the country.
Thomas Merlio, adventourous and generous
Round the world trip in support of XLability !
French entrepreneur Thomas Merlio is taking a break with a difference this summer. Learn more about his particular trip…
Disability Rights in India
Guddu’s Intervention about Disability Rights in India
Our operations officer in New Delhi, Guddu, participated in the event Attend Access4All: Create An India Without Barriers on May 27th in New Delhi, in order to talk about disability rights in India.
“Wheelchair Man” author sends support for Project XLability!
Mohammad Sayed, author of the “Wheelchair Man” comic book has sent us a message of support for Project XLability! Please keep on donating and spreading the word!
The first competitor of Miss Minnesota USA with Down Syndrome
Mikayla Holmgren has Down syndrome since birth. But she doesn’t want to define herself by her disability though and she is determined to show it to the world.
Check out her inspiring and motivating story!
What you need to know before volunteering within an NGO during your stay abroad
The Soulcialtravel website, run by the Soulcial Trust, has just released its volunteers’ guide!
Interested or embarking in the enriching experience of volunteering? Read our guide : we will help you along every step of the way!
Or how to sort in a civic, collaborative and generous way !
Yoyo is a digital platform that rewards citizens who separate recyclables in a better way – with discounts on their cities’ cultural or sports activities for example.
Check out the inspiring and motivating interview we had with their team in France!
Go for it Yoyo !
VOLUNTEERING AT ISF
For anyone who may be uncertain about whether to volunteer abroad, read Jaime’s experience at Indochina Starfish Foundation – ISF Cambodia, a partner of Soulcialtravel.
After reading his story at the link below, you’ll be ready to go right away !
”No Legs, No Limits”
The part time model and 26 year old athlete girl is the kind of person that inspires us all. Since her childhood, she has put all her energy into pushing away the barriers imposed by societal social norms.
She has no legs – and no limits either.
A comic book to empower disabled people!
Mohammad Sayed has created a comic book whose superhero is Wheelchair Man!A superhero against hatred, willing to end violence and make this world a better place.
BYE BYE PLASTIC BAGS
“Be the change you want to see” – Isabel WIJSEN
Fact: Bali. 680 cubic meters of plastic garbage is generated each day. Only 5% of it is recycled. Wish: Bali. An island free of plastic bags.
While many dream this dream Melati and Isabel, now 13 and 15 years old are realizing it.
Helping disable people overcome their disability.
The Soulcial Trust work is to help disabled children with their challenges. Guddu, Operational manager of the Trust in India, himself disabled is moving around on his skateboard. He is helping other disabled children in teaching them how to use a skateboard to become more autonomous and independant
See how his work is empowering young children.
The art of recycling.
With its eco-friendly products made from used drink cans, CAN’ART promotes both sustainability and women empowerment. By purchasing in CAN’ART, you will help support a family and enjoy sustainable and decorative products.
THINGS ARE MOVING IN INDIA
The Government of India is taking action for disabled people!
Disabled people represent 2.1% of the population in India. Across this huge developing country, disabled people face discrimination in their everyday lives, both within the society and at work.
But the Indian government is now taking action!
Free your Art
A name full of meaning!
Nancy and Marion’s work is a living example that you can always mix passion with sustainability. Make a difference when buying your kids clothing, your own accessories or holiday souvenirs. Come visit Nancy & Marion’s ‘Free Your Art’ shop at King’s Road Siem Reap.
ART FOR EVERYONE
Meet Vannak, the visual impaired artist at Sunrise Cambodia, Siem Reap
Prem Vannak is a visually impaired artist. He is 26 years old. Vannak studied painting in Phnom Penh and has been living and painting at Sunrise Cambodia in Siem Reap since September 2016.
Discover his work, and share his passion!