Through the program, over a period of two years, Rattanak studied Cambodian sign language, Khmer writing, maths and the social sciences. He graduated from the program in 2010 and the following year returned to train as a barber.
Since then Rattanak’s life has continued to improve. He now has lots of friends, a wife and baby, and runs his own successful barber shop, which he set up in his parents’ house with the help of the program.
As Rattanak built his communication skills his world opened up. And it was a world filled with opportunities. His story represents thousands of people around the world who are turning the skills they learn with the aid of Caritas partners, into a pathway out of poverty.
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Since the Deaf Development Programme began, hundreds of deaf graduates have learned to read, write and sign in Khmer. They have enrolled in job training, including barbering, sewing and metal work. Many of the men have become skilled barbers, some even opening their own barber shops that will earn them an income for life.
The success of Rattanak and many other graduates from the program shows that when given the chance, all young boys and girls can create change in their lives, regardless of whether or not they are living with a disability.
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