Ke Mardy’s Story

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Ke Mardy was placed at the Kampuchea Sela Handicap NGO at 14 years old when his parents could no longer handle his care. Ke Mardy’s mental disabilities meant he was rarely welcomed into sport by his peers, despite his love for playing and his own efforts to make everyone else feel welcome. Sadly, he was often isolated from group activities because he struggled to understand the rules.

Although it was hard for Ke Mardy at first, his confidence began to grow since joining Kampuchea Balopp. He has a community around him for the first time who understands and supports him, helping Ke Mardy to achieve his goals and feel a deep sense of belonging. Initially, it was worried Ke Mardy may struggle to join in, but his natural warmth and the inclusivity of the Kampuchea Sëla Handicap NGO has meant he is always passed the ball and his confidence and joy has accelerated.

Those around Ke Mardy have described him as smiling and excited, eager to run out with his friends and other members of the Sëla Handicap group. With Atlas’ support, the Balopp initiative has grown and more children and young adults like Ke Mardy are getting the support they need and the community they have always deserved.

Now, at the age of 25, Ke Mardy is one of the long-time residents of the organisation. With his heart of gold, he welcomes new members of the group and ensures everyone feels welcome and involved in each session.

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