Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Center – Cambodia
When the VVAF (The Viet Nam Veterans of America Foundation) arrived at Kien Khleang in late 1991, the staff found a squalid squatters’ town populated by disabled Khmer who were receiving virtually no assistance. Ten years later, the Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Center is now a recognized center of excellence, offering a range of services to the disabled men, women and children of Cambodia.
The Kien Khleang Center includes a large dormitory capable of housing up to 100 patients at a time. Patients and their families can also eat at the center because VVAF runs a kitchen and outdoor dining area. Rural Khmer, the great majority of whom have very little income, can come to Phnom Pehn for treatment because VVAF provides room and board while they are being helped. Children are accompanied by their family members, who must also be housed while their off-spring are assisted. The more difficult orthotic cases often require remedial surgery or intensive physical therapy regimens and some young patients must live at the center for weeks at a time.
This dormitory needs extensive renovations. The center itself is located in a low-lying area subject to severe flooding during the monsoon. The dormitory occupies the lowest ground, and consequently is the most severely affected. VVAF must renovate the dormitory itself, strengthen the roof and install floor control to keep the monsoon waters out of the facility.
WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT IN JULY OF 2001, GRAPES FOR HUMANITY RAISED THE NECESSARY FUNDS TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT.