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Heather Connell
2017

Heather Connell

The David Chow Humanitarian 2017 Award

Heather Connell

Heather Connell gives hope, faith, and happiness to the children and families who have extreme disabilities, birth defects, and/or injuries.  Shortly after filming Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia’s Children in 2001, Heather founded the Safe Haven Medical Outreach (SHMO), a non-profit educational and therapeutic program for disabled children in Siem Riep, Cambodia.

SHMO provides intervention and support for children with disabilities and medical issues, allowing them the opportunity to access the educational, medical, and therapeutic resources they need in order to reach their full potential, lead healthy lives, and reach their highest level of personal independence.

SHMO supports families to access other health services, including dental care, speech therapy, medical equipment, hospital services and surgical intervention, and helps them to navigate these services so they can better understand their children’s health conditions and make informed decisions about health and medical care.

SHMO’s team provides physical and occupational therapies, rehabilitation, nutritional support, health assessments and education, and ongoing monitoring and support for children with severe disabilities, multiple diagnoses, and complex medical issues.

To learn more, please visit: Safe Haven Khmer