Creating Cambodia's braille and sign

Khrousar Thmey
Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

Submitted by: Skateistan

Khrousar Thmey (‘New Family’ in Cambodian) is a school for children who are deaf or blind living in conflict-scarred Cambodia and throughout South East Asia. 

In places where disability can be widely stigmatised, and services lacking, since 1994 this French-Khmer operated institution has provided a caring and accessible educational environment where these youth can enjoy learning and develop their talents in everything from maths and literacy to dance, music and even skateboarding

Khmer Braille and Khmer Sign Language were developed by Khrousar Thmey founder Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon AKA ‘Bénito’ for the very first time in the 1990s.

The school act as advocates for youth with these disabilities – they create and share resources for use by educators in the region. 

AtlasAction: If you wish to volunteer in Cambodia, contact France Volontaires in Phnom Penh, which is the link between all NGOs in Cambodia and volunteer candidates.

Khrousar Thmey was mapped by Talia Kaufman, Skateistan Programs Director in Surf, skate, liberate: Skateistan’s AtlasChart Top 5.

Written by

Talia Kaufman, Skateistan Programs Director (15 May 2017)

Project leader

Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon AKA 'Bénito'

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