Asian Deaf Friendship Fund Decides to Support the Deaf in Cambodia

from May 2004 Issue of Japanese Deaf News, JFD’s monthly newspaper:

DDP Assistant Programme Manager Mr. So Sereyvuth explaining the
situation of Cambodia to ADFF Committee member Mr. Ogura.

Representing the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, Asian Deaf Friendship Fund Committee members, Takeo Ogura and Yutaka Osugi, visited Cambodia from March 29 to April 1. The two were able to get firsthand information on the management and activities of the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO) as well as on the support offered by the Deaf Development Program (DDP) under Maryknoll, and to confirm that the purpose of DDP’s request for funding aid is to establish a facility for providing vocational training.

It was agreed that the Japanese Federation of the Deaf (Asian Deaf Friendship Fund) and the Finnish Association of the Deaf will start up a joint project to support the establishment of this vocational training facility. There was also an active exchange of opinions on how the WFD Regional Secretariat in Asia/Pacific (WFD RSA/P) can promote the “Southeast Asia Deaf Development Project”.

The Deaf Association of Minato Ward in Tokyo had been raising funds to support Cambodia. In March, 2003, Minato Ward entrusted the donation of these funds to the Japanese Federation of the Deaf through the Tokyo Federation of the Deaf. These funds will be used effectively for the new project to support the establishment of the vocational training facility.

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