International Committee
of the Red Cross

International Committee
of the Red Cross



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!




- 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


Important note:

If we don’t reach the target amount, your contribution will still go to this incredible team of women to improve their training conditions.


ចំពោះ​អ្នក​ដែល​រស់​នៅ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​ អាច​បរិច្ចាគ​បាន​ដោយ​ប្រើ​ប្រាស់​គណនី Wing


គណនី Wing ៖             02680217

ស្ថាប័ន ៖                      ICRC

នៅ​ពេល​ដែល​អ្នក​បរិច្ចាគ​តាម​គណនី Wing សូម​ប្រាប់​ពី​ឈ្មោះ​របស់​អ្នក​ និង​អ៊ីម៉ែល​ក្នុង​ប្រអប់ «Reference» ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​យើង​អាច​ដឹង​ថា​អ្នក​បរិច្ចាគ​ជា​អ្នក​ណា​ និង​អាច​ផ្ដល់​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​ភាព​នៃ​គម្រោង​នេះ​ដល់​អ្នក​ដែល​បាន​បរិច្ចាគ​ទាំង​អស់​ឲ្យ​បាន​ដឹង​។




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.





The ICRC office and its engineers based in Phnom Penh are in charge of implemeting this project.


  • Before construction:

The ICRC office will tender for an appropriate contractor.
The ICRC engineers will double-check the construct plans and specifications.


  • During construction:

The ICRC engineers will carry out regular on-site visits to ensure building standards and technical specifications are met as per the contract signed.
They will also ensure that the construction is completed on time.


  • After construction:

Supported by the ICRC office, the Battambang Physical Rehabilitation Centre will be responsible for the maintenance to ensure the long life of the structure. The players themselves will also take care of the roof.

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.

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Help us to save lives

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.

Update 2 : Let's boost the campaign!

November 14, 2018

Dear Supporters,  

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 :

Project video :

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 and contribute to make their dream comes true. #Battambang #Paralympics

Update 3 : 20 extra days to make their dreams come true

December 10, 2018

Dear Supporters, 

Just a quick message to inform you that the ICRC Crowdfunding campaign in Cambodia will be extended until the end of the month.  

The support we are looking for is materializing now so we are giving 20 more days to the campaign to raise more funds for the Cambodian women wheelchair basketball team.  

They remain strongly determined to train for the Paralympics 2020 and to prove that women with disability can fight stigmatization and exclusion on a basketball court.
If we don’t reach the target amount, all contributions will still go to this incredible team of women to improve their training conditions.  

So please continue to spread the word around the campaign link with your friends and colleagues by sharing the link below on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. 

Thank you very much to all of you for your solidarity and great support. 

Best regards,

The iCRC Crowdfunding Team



February 1, 2019

Dear Supporters,

The ICRC Crowdfunding campaign in Cambodia being now closed, it is with regret that we have to inform that the target amount has not been reached.

We would like to sincerely thank all of you who have contributed to this superb adventure.  

Despite this result, the campaign has greatly participated in raising awareness and support for the Cambodian Women’s wheelchair basketball team.

It has demonstrated that at a local and international level, sport can truly help changing society’s perception on people with disability.  

Today, the team is more motivated than ever to continue to train for the upcoming competition.  

The funds raised being insufficient for the construction of an outdoor structure as planned, it has been jointly decided by the ICRC in Cambodia and the team to use the amount raised to offer the players the chance to participate in a training camp taking place in Thailand in March 2019.  

This camp involving the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) will be the occasion for the team to improve and train in a professional sport environment. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.  

If in the meantime you have any questions please make sure to get in touch. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have. 

Thank you for trusting ICRC. 

Best regards,  


The ICRC Crowdfunding Team