Communicating with others is at the heart of being human.
Helping people communicate is at the heart of what we do.
In Cambodia, more than an estimated 600,000 people have communication or swallowing difficulties, yet services for them are nearly nonexistent.
With your support, we’re helping grow speech therapy in Cambodia, so that each person can receive the help they need to communicate with those around them, and lead full and happy lives.
We’re a small team with a big goal: to make speech therapy available to all who need it in Cambodia.
We have a 14-year plan, including an exit strategy, after which OIC will leave Cambodia.
The exit point is for 100 university trained Cambodian speech therapists to be employed in Cambodia by 2030.
We believe this will allow the people of Cambodia to achieve the overarching goal after OIC dissolves.
About Speech Therapy
Raising awareness about the urgent need for speech therapy in Cambodia.
Developing university and training courses, and conducting research.
Ensuring government policy to lead the speech therapy profession.
Creating jobs for speech therapists in Cambodia, employed by government.
Speech therapy supports children and adults who have difficulties* communicating, as well as eating and drinking.
Communication difficulties can occur without reason, or be the result of injury to the brain, face and/or neck, or as part of a disability, such as autism or cerebral palsy.
Speech therapy can help people with these difficulties to attend school, find work and interact with their families and communities.
We are upskilling teachers and health workers who already work with children with communication difficulties and we are creating a university course to train Cambodian people to be speech therapists, using techniques and approaches that work in Cambodia. Find out more about what we are doing
*We use the social model of disability as our framework for thinking about disability. Find out more