Handicap International NGO Siem Reap, Cambodia
In one of the most heavily mined and bombed countries on Earth, Handicap International, a European NGO, is assisting the Cambodian people in regaining mobility and dignity after luckless meetings with these hidden destroyers. The organization has worked in Cambodia since it's founding in 1982, and continues it's battle to restore the lands and people plagued by the remnants of war.
They not only provide prevention education for new generations, but more perhaps importantly, physical rehabilitation for those with all too unfortunate mementos of past encounters. With two centers in Siem Reap and Takeo, they manufacture orthopedic and prosthetic devices for those rendered varying degrees of immobile by the explosions. Their hope is for the victims, who often travel great distances from the heavily affected countryside near the Thai border, as well as other areas, to be able to return to home with restored capacity to earn a living, and knowledge for future generations, so that their plights not be repeated.
In addition to their work with mine victims, the centers also focus their resources on helping young souls affected by cerebral palsy. By treating malformities as early as possible, the children will have a chance at a much brighter futures, as well as helping to lift burdens from families generally unable to cope with the special needs of their child.
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