New Horizons Unlimited
New Horizons Unlimited (known also as New Horizons Society (Acronyms NHU and NHS)
This is our local partner originally founded by and with poor disabled people. This page has been set up as we try to sort out a problem with NHU's own website. Hopefully it will be corrected soon. In the meantime you can use the links under New Horizons Unlimited in the left menu (or use the Next Page link at the bottom) to read about Opportunites and Stories...
Kat Bun Heng (Board of Directors, Chairman) and John Lowrie (Consultant Advisor)
This is an image of our original Home Page, and here we attach a copy of the original brochure describing the NGO.
In 2013, our Trustees and Board of Directors decided to see if our work could be replicated in Kampong Thom province, with even better results. The programme there concentrated on personal sponsorships of vulnerable children to attend school, and livelihoods orientated more towards social enterprises. A Case Study can be read here in the Annual Report. In September 2013, NHU reported on its most promising social enterprise groups:
“1. Handicraft Group of Ethnic Minority People: Okroch village, Salavisay commune, Prasat Balang district. Total members: 20 (F: 16 + M: 4) Total Funds: 10 millions (Riels - $US$2,500, Cash in hand: 2 millions (US$500).
2. Palm Sugar Production Group: Leav village, Prasat commune, Santuk district, 4 groups, 40 members (30 female). Palm sugar production: one tone/family/year.”
Misson, Goals, Values
Extracta from original Bye-Laws as adopted at the inaugural Annual Conference in 2009 [Published report here.]
We, the disabled and the most disadvantaged people of Kampong Chhnang, have been united together in the form of a Federated Network of Self Help Groups of Disabled People operating for four years in Kampong Chhnang Province and up to National Level. We are at present 109 self-help groups with a combined membership 2,636 as at the day of this registration. During our four years, we have seen progress and advancement among us, namely improvement in our livelihoods, constant growth of our activism economically, socially and morally. We have been able to do so under the original guidance of Landmine Disability Support (LMDS), a UK-based International NGO. As LMDS will eventually phase out from working with us, we therefore ourselves hereby resolve to become our own legal entity to continue our good deeds for ourselves and those others in similar need. We unanimously agree to register our group with the Royal Government of Cambodia with the dual aims of:
- Continuing to respond to the basic needs of the most disadvantaged and disabled people toward their full social inclusion.
- Unite our voices to claim our legal rights and dilute the discriminatory culture and practices against us
We also reached agreement on the following statutes articles:
II Identity of the Association
Article 1 Name and base
The Federated Self-Help Groups of Disabled People of Kampong Chhnang is registered with its full legal title in Khmer and English “New Horizons Association of Disabled[ People”, however in English the short title “New Horizons Society” will be used with the acronym "NHS".
NHS is a local non-governmental organization, apolitical and non-religious. The main goal of NHS is to facilitate the improvement of lives and livelihoods of the disabled and the most marginalized people so enhancing them and their families economically, socially and spiritually.
NHS is primarily based at Mom Baraing in Kampong Chhnang town and province with the view to expand into other provinces when appropriate. It will also maintain a Phnom Penh base for networking with sectoral colleagues, other NGOs, donor representatives, and its principal line ministry, the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Article 2 Logo
The NHS logo, developed by disabled people, is composed of a sunrise over Kangry mountain, Kampong Chhnang’s prominent riverside view, with two people helping one another along the path of hope towards the ultimate goal of a bright future, depicted by the rising sun.
Article 3 Vision and Goal
Vision: A society in which disabled and disadvantaged people can lead healthy, normal, active and inclusive lives exactly like non-disabled people.
Goal: Facilitation of disabled and the most disadvantaged people toward full social inclusion through gradual and sustained improvement of livelihood with incremental improvement in self-advocacy skills in order to (a) claim and receive rights, and (b) influence positively local leaderships and neighbourhoods to be sensitised to their special needs and circumstances.
Article 4 Mission
Real empowerment of NHS's members and interested groups in ways that they can help themselves to be fully integrated into mainstream society through improvements in livelihoods and self-advocacy so that they do achieve leading normal lives, i.e. with full equality of opportunity and human dignity.
Article 5 Values
- NHS believes in universal values of humanity; each individual is to be fully respected with no discrimination or prejudice of any kind.
- NHS rigorously applies its mantra in order of priority; firstly “Action by disabled people”, then “Action with Disabled People” followed only by “Action for Disabled People” where there is certainty such equally valued members, or their family carers, cannot participate themselves.
- NHS will seek out and find ways of including the most marginalized of disabled people and other poor families living with vulnerabilities.
- NHS adopts an inherent participatory approach in all its work with the sole purpose of giving effect to real empowerment of its beneficiaries. It also abides by the doctrine of collective responsibility.
- NHS will always seek to work constructively with other organizations serving disabled and disadvantaged people.
- NHS’s commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards remains both true and paramount. It openly sets standards measured in quality and quantitative terms that serve best its beneficiaries and the organization.
- NHS recognizes that gender equality is a prerequisite to working with disabled people, even where disabled family members are male, invariably it is women and girls who act as carers and make personal sacrifices for them.
- NHS places highest emphasis on ensuring that international concepts, values and terms are conveyed accurately in to the Khmer language – and other ethnic minority languages – in a way that retains its true meaning but is understood and applicable in the local context.
- NHS works constructively with government and local authority officials but does not sacrifice core principles and the interests of its beneficiaries to do so.
- NHS in pursuit of promoting accountability of all duty-bearers to its beneficiaries, applies the same principle of equal accountability within the organisation of all stakeholders including of beneficiaries to each other.