DETERMINATION HAS NO DISABILITY!
The Cambodian women’s wheelchair basketball team are determined to compete in the 2020 Paralympics games in Tokyo, Japan.
But being in a wheelchair means they don’t have access to indoor sports facilities. The team can only train outdoors, at the mercy of the scorching sun and heavy rain.
How you can help ?
Help us crowdfund 95,000 US dollars for the building of a roof to cover the outdoor basketball court in Battambang so the team can train whenever they want and qualify for the 2020 Paralympics.
Join the team by donating now, and share with your colleagues, family and friends!
Your solidarity is their strength!
HOW WILL YOUR DONATION BE USED
- USD 5,400 for pre-installation work
- USD 48,600 to purchase and transport the construction materials
- USD 36,000 to build the roof over the basketball court
- USD 5,000 to install floodlights for night training
ABOUT THE BENEFICIARIES
Who are they?
The women’s wheelchair basketball team has 22 players (between 22 and 35 years of age). They are mothers, students, professionals.
Among them, a few are landmine survivors, while the others suffer from cerebral palsy or had polio owing to a lack of vaccination programmes in the country.
They all have to overcome great obstacles, often on a daily basis, because of their disability.
How basketball change their lives?
After joining the wheelchair basketball team, the women felt their lives had improved. Playing basketball has empowered them. Not only have they gained more self-confidence, but they also become athletes.
Thanks to their incredible determination, the Cambodia women’s team qualified for the 2018 Asian Para Games. Their dream is now to compete in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.
About the country
The ICRC has been working in Cambodia for the past 50 years. It has carried out a wide range of activities in line with our mandate under the Geneva Conventions. After the Khmer Rouge regime fell in 1979, the ICRC helped rebuild and restore the country. Many of the country’s 650,000 disabled people have lost limbs to landmines and face difficulties reintegrating into society. In the last 25 years, the ICRC-supported physical rehabilitation centres in Kampong Speu and Battambang provinces have treated more than 210,000 patients. The ICRC’s goal is to create a self-sustaining system for physical rehabilitation in Cambodia.
Update 2 : Let's boost the campaign!
November 14, 2018
Already 20 days since the beginning of the ICRC Crowdfunding campaign in Cambodia but only $1,136 have been raised so far.
With the delegation based in Cambodia, we are actively working to increase visibility on this campaign.
If you want to take part in it and help us more, sharing this message to your colleagues and friends can be a great way to make this meaningful project better known.
Simple posts on Facebook and Twitter can also significantly boost the campaign (see example below).
Each one of us can make a difference, together we make a change for the women’s wheelchair basketball team.
Many thanks to all of you !
Project link : https://crowdfunding.icrc.org/project/15/details
Project video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq-IckCFd7E
Example of post for social media :
The Cambodian women’s wheelchair #basketball team has 22 players. They are mothers, students, professionals. Among them, a few are landmine survivors. Join @ICRC today on www.crowdfunding.icrc.org and contribute to make their dream comes true. #Battambang #Paralympics
Update 1 : Highlights on Asian Para Games 2018
November 7, 2018
The Cambodian Women’s wheelchair basketball team distinguished itself during the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia by an outstanding determination.
Although they did not reach the play-off, they showed that they were capable of competing against the greatest female wheelchair basketball teams in the world. You can find all the results here.
The team has now a solid motivation to train as hard as they can to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics Games in Tokyo.