Cambodia Launches First Crowd-Funding Platform With Speech Therapy Campaign
A campaign which aims to train Cambodian teachers to help children with communications disabilities is among the first to be launched on TosFUND, the first crowd-funding platform of its kind in the Kingdom. TosFUND is a non-profit, crowd-funding website that accepts offline and online donations and rewards to raise funds for social projects in Cambodia. One such project is a speech therapy campaign by OIC: The Cambodia Project. The campaign hopes to raise $5,000, which will be used to train 180 teachers in Battambang, Kandal, Pursat, Prey Veng, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
The training will help teachers to identify and support children with communications disabilities so that they can attend school, get the support they need to communicate with their classmates and teachers, and gain equal access to education.
OIC Managing Director, Weh Yeoh, said he was thrilled to be one of the first campaigns to launch on the TosFUND site because it would give everyone on Cambodia the opportunity to contribute to a project that aims to benefit the estimated 600,000 Cambodians with speech and swallowing disorders.
“Imagine if you are a parent whose child needs speech therapy, but you’re unable to access any of these services,” Mr Yeoh said. “It would be incredibly isolating. This campaign gives parents hope for their children, that they can get them into schools like other children in the country.”
TosFUND utilises both local (WING, Cellcard) and international payment systems (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, etc); thus allowing people in Cambodia and all over the world to easily contribute to causes.
OIC: The Cambodia Project is working on four fronts: raising awareness, inclusive education, expanded policy and jobs creation, toward its ultimate goal of having 100 Cambodian speech therapists employed by the government, by 2030.