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£340raised of £899 target by 12 supporters

    Weʼve raised £340 to help establish a sustainable Speech and Language Therapy service in Cambodia by training local specialists

    Location
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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    Funded on Saturday, 24th December 2016

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    As I recently qualified, I accepted my first Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) challenge to volunteer in Cambodia, a country with decades of political unrest and with a health service still in its infancy.

    Me and my colleagues will be the 9th team joining this City University London project to train Cambodian professionals in SLT, so that they can then provide more effective care to children with communication difficulties and their families.

    I will mainly be working in a hospital paediatric clinic, supporting two local clinicians in expanding their knowledge and skills needed to carry out assessments, to manage the caseload, to facilitate both individual and group therapy and to provide advice to families.

    Children attending the clinic mainly present with severe autism, hearing loss or severe speech and language difficulties. They, and their families, often require ongoing SLT support to develop speech, language and communication skills, to reestablish parent-child interaction and to improve their quality of life.

    The project is completely self-funded by the volunteer SLTs, including expenses for assessment material, therapy tools, toys and books, for board and lodge, for flights and for daily transport to and from the hospital and to community visits, for interpreters and for translations to Cambodian languages...

    Therefore, any contribution, however big or small, will be a great help in continuing to build an effective, sustainable Speech and Language Therapy service in Cambodia!

    Thank you!

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    • veronika vozenilkova

      veronika vozenilkova

      4 months ago

      veronika vozenilkova

      a long awaited UPDATE 2: We've been seeing individual children, but we've also ran workshops and trainings for other NGOs, e.g. on Bilingualism; helped facilitate a 'SLT awareness day'; been on community visits; and made lots of resources and information sheets which can be used after we finish. I still have a lot of work planned for the next few weeks, and there would be enough for next few years. But leaving behind a well running service with a new confident Speech Advisor feels like it has really been time well spent after all!

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    • veronika vozenilkova

      veronika vozenilkova

      4 months ago

      veronika vozenilkova

      a long awaited UPDATE: I've been working in an outpatient hospital clinic for an NGO called Caritas CCAMH, who provide a comprehensive service to children and young people with mental and/or physical disabilities and their families. My colleague and I have been supporting the Speech Unit staff, especially a new 'Speech Advisor' so that she can do the job effectively and can help the children's communication after we leave. She is very motivated and keen to learn; and is now able to run sessions independently and keeps improving each time.

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    • veronika vozenilkova

      veronika vozenilkova

      7 months ago

      veronika vozenilkova

      Thank you so much everyone for your donations and for your continuing support! It means the world to me!

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    7 months ago

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    12

    • Ruth Munby

      Ruth Munby

      Sep 28, 2016

      Well done Veronika and good luck on this amazing trip.Love Ruth

      £20.00

    • Roberta

      Roberta

      Sep 14, 2016

      Such a good thing to do Veronika. Hope it's going well. Roberta x

      £30.00

    • Marta Your 👊 Girl

      Marta Your 👊 Girl

      Sep 10, 2016

      Good Luck my 👊 Girlfriend! So proud of you! I hope you will change Cambodian kids life for better with your help and big heart😘

      £20.00

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    veronika vozenilkova

    veronika vozenilkova

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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