Projects Abroad Cambodia supports campaign for paralysed student
Heather met Chann at a rehabilitation centre in Phnom Penh where many of our physiotherapy volunteers are placed. After hearing his story, she decided to campaign to get Chann back to school using the crowd-sourcing website Indiegogo.
In 2013, Hoeun Chann was making his way home from college. Coming from rural Cambodia, Chann was privileged to be studying marketing and was entering his fourth year. He had to work part-time as a tuk-tuk driver to support his studies, but had dreams of becoming highly employable after his final year of college. While on his way back one afternoon, he got caught up in a garment workers’ protest, a common sight on the streets of Phnom Penh, where many famous brands, including H&M and The Gap, have their factories.
Soon the military opened fire on protesters, and while fleeing the chaos, Chann, a bystander, got struck by a bullet, leaving him paralysed and unable to finish his degree. Chann had to return to his parent’s rural farm where they could not meet his medical needs. Ultimately, he and his mother moved into the rehabilitation centre where Heather met him.
Two years later
The total amount needed to get Chann back to school was $4000. This would cover tuition fees and his cost of living. Many people rallied around this cause, and consequently $4002 was raised, exceeding expectations and realising Chann’s dream of getting his degree.
We wish Chann every success in his future studies and career – we are humbled by his determination and are sure that he will achieve greatness in whatever path he decides to pursue.