Cambodian Development Mission for Disability
The Cambodian Development Mission for Disability (CDMD) is a key player in promoting disability inclusion in Cambodia. It was originally founded in 1993 under the name Rehabilitation for Blind Cambodians – Community Based Rehabilitation (RBC- CBR) and administered by different international civil society organisations (i.e. Maryknoll Sisters and Caritas), until it became fully independent organisation in 2007.
The CDMD envisions a future where people with disabilities live with dignity and prosperity; and where they are empowered to actively participate in their communities, work to improve their livelihoods, and advocate for their needs on their own. As an organisation and with decades of experience in rural Cambodia, CDMD focuses on implementing holistic Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programmes, addressing five components (such as health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment) as a way to promote equal opportunities, reduce poverty, and advance social inclusion of people with disabilities.
Therefore, as part of its mission, CDMD coordinates and develops the capacities of; people with disabilities organisations, communities, and other relevant stakeholders committed to provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities. CDMD is presently committed to three main purposes:
-Continue its work in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) to promote the rights of people with disabilities. This includes training and supporting local governments, and working with people with disabilities to advocate for their own rights.
-Advocate increasing access to all social services for people with disabilities. Strengthening its local Advocacy Network and referral systems in Cambodia, but also working directly with public health and social service centres.
-Work to improve the livelihoods of people with disabilities, as a way to reduce poverty overall. This involves working to increase access to employment, support development to assistive technologies, and connecting with the private sector to demonstrate how people with disabilities can meet employer’s needs.See more