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Hom Eng Story

Hom Eng, Cambodia

Hom Eng's Story.

Disability activist, Cambodia.

"I was born with a disability.

I have to walk with a crutch, but I have always tried to build my capacity and live like everybody person.

Disability activists came to my village and announced they were going to create a self-help group in my village and I joined immediately. I have gone from being a member to being a leader.

We recently started a programme for disabled women to be taught how to raise pigs so that they can become more independent and earn an income. I help to assess and evaluate the project. I have seen disabled women grow in confidence and generate profits. The people in the village have also noticed. They admire how well the women are doing and it has really helped change perceptions of disability.

I feel so passionate about helping disabled people in my village.

I have a very strong desire to continue my work as a self-help group leader and to work with people with disabilities. It makes me happy to make change.

For example it is very difficult for disabled people in my village to get water from the pond because it is so far away. We have requested the authorities to build a ditch near our houses.

I have a very strong desire to continue this work.

The main problem for people living with disabilities in my village is alcohol and poverty. I know it is very difficult for people to break the cycle of living with poverty. In our monthly self-help group meetings, I encourage people to have strength to stop drinking and to find work.

For me, I work very hard - I do everything I can in order to earn money and support my family.

I did not allow my disability to stop me.

I was born with a disability but I did not allow my disability to stop me from realising my potential. I farm, I am very strong - even stronger than my husband. Even after I gave birth - after just a few weeks - I was back farming again.

I work very hard. I do not want people to look down on me and the result is that my villagers always admire me - they remind me not to work too hard and to look after myself!

I always advice my group members to follow in my footprints - to work hard, to use our capacity in order to live - disabled people are capable of doing anything. We do not need to rely on money from others - we can work for ourselves."

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Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.

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