Jesuit center gives new future to Cambodia’s disabled

Banteay Prieb training center offers a fresh start to people who face discrimination and isolation.

About 25 kilometers from downtown Phnom Penh, a small group of students are gathered around motorbikes, scooters and bicycles. Some quietly pay attention to a teacher who reveals the secrets of a scooter’s engine. Others are busy repairing an old motorcycle.

The scene in this classroom may seem ordinary, but it’s far from that. All students here are physically disabled — some because they were victims of polio, others because they were in a traffic accident on Cambodia’s increasingly dangerous roads.

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