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About Caritas Cambodia
Caritas Cambodia is an official social development arm of the Catholic Church in Cambodia. It has been built on the values of Love, Concern, Justice, Peace Unity, Sharing and brotherhood. It draws inspiration from the Gospel and aims at integral development of people irrespective of race and creed. Hence the objectives of Caritas Cambodia specifically include the following.

To promote and strengthen activities that are aimed at the integral development of communities particularly to help in Sustainable Agriculture, empowerment program, economic program, Welfare program,
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  • CACD Annual Retreat, Monday 18 January 2021, at Caritas YDP Kandal province.

  • Annual Program Review, 24th to 28th January 2021, Kampot province.

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A child and his mother enjoyed playing game which helps to improve eyes-hand coordination.
On 13th August 2015: Caritas-CCAMH (Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health) in collaboration with Special Olympic Cambodia Organization organized a “Young Athletes program”, a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities, below the age of seven years old. There are 16 children with intellectual disabilities (Boys: 11, Girls: 5) participated in this Young Athletes program at Caritas-CCAMH located in Chey Chumneas Hospital of Kandal province. The focus was on fun activities that are important for brain development, as well as improve their coordination, mental and physical growth..
Children aged from 2-7 enjoyed the games and activities that develop motor skills and eyes-hand coordination along with their parents and siblings. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the World of Special Olympics. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun ad have the potential to win medals in future Special Olympic Games! Towards the end of the event the children enjoyed snacks and water. The parents remarked that their children as Young Athletes also develop better social skills and boost their confidence. It was easier for them to play and talk with other children on the playground that was established by Kampuchea Surya group 2015, a French student’s association, who volunteered with Caritas from July-August this year. While concluding Dr. Bhoomikumar, Program Director of Caritas-CCAMH remarked the winners of Special Olympics should be given equal recognition if not more by the media and the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Games and sports are part of Caritas-CCAMH program, and in the past, two clients from Caritas-CCAMH had won gold medals named Ivg Sokleng (2007) and Eang Moneath (2011) in ‘Special Olympics Games’ in Shanghai and Greece, respectively. There are three types of Olympic Games:
  • Games and sports for persons without disabilities (mainstream Olympic Games).
  • Paralympic Games: Games and sports for persons with physical disabilities.
  • Special Olympic Games are for persons with intellectual disabilities.

About 60% of the children seeking help at the Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Caritas-CCAMH) suffer from brain related problems such as autism, cerebral palsy, developmental disability and epilepsy, and often a combination of these problems. The brain development can be promoted only by stimulation through arts, music and sports, as there are no medicines to stimulate neuronal growth and development. Recent research shows the brain plasticity which can regrow and develop with stimulation related activities. Caritas-CCAMH has been implementing brain-development programs through various activities in which both the children with developmental disabilities and their parents and caregivers participate.
Children enjoyed stepping their feet on the ground. This activity helps to improve their motor skill.
Dr. Bhoomikumar, Program Director of Caritas-CCAMH explained the importance of Young Athletes program for children with intellectual disabilities.
Children took part in the running race which helps to improve their motor skill.


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