Social Responsibility

AFC shows support for children in Cambodia

Phnom Penh: The Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF Cambodia), supported by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Dream Asia Foundation brought joy to more than 200 hearing-impaired children at the ISF Sports Ground in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh this week.

A total of 216 players participated in the competition for young men and women with hearing disabilities in Cambodia, using funding received by ISF following their AFC Dream Asia Award as the NGO of the Year.

The Dream Asia recognition acknowledged ISF’s initiatives in Cambodia where they provide the widest-reaching grassroots football programme in the country. The project is in line with the AFC Dream Asia Foundation’s key pillars of social inclusion and programmes for youths.

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The latest programme was launched to help people in Cambodia with disabilities as they have limited access to education and sport. Currently, the programme reaches almost 4,000 children including 350 children with disabilities.

The ISF Deaf Football competition was one of their latest initiatives which welcomed youths from across Cambodia to play in the tournament and join in training sessions.

The 16-year-old Srey Neat was delighted to join the competition. “A tournament like this is valuable because it provides me, a deaf player, an opportunity to participate in sport just like other players with normal abilities and an opportunity to work hard in a team to win,” she explained.

The AFC Dream Asia Foundation, under their long-term co-operation agreement with ISF, are also supporting the development programme for Cambodian children and youth.

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