Support the development of a comprehensive Cambodian Sign Language, essentially implemented by Cambodian deaf people, rooted in the local culture


In the absence of a formalized sign language, Krousar Thmey decided in 1997 to adapt American Sign Language. In parallel, another organization, the Deaf Development Program, pursued the same goal. In 2013, the two organizations decided to join forces to create a common Cambodian sign language. As a result, a Sign Language Committee (SLC) was created with the responsibility of documenting and creating signs.

To help the committee members in their task, several training on linguistics of sign language, research for signs or production of adapted resources are regularly organized. The committee is continuing its documentation work in local communities and is collecting new signs on appropriate platforms to support the dissemination of the Cambodian Sign Language in the country.


  • Capacity building and training of committee members and specialized teachers
  • Search and documentation of signs
  • Development of dissemination tools based on new technologies
  • Sign language courses for communities

Area of work: Education for deaf or blind children

Duration: 2018-2019

Location: Provnces of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampot

Beneficiaries : people with hearing impairment throughout the country, communities, specialized teachers 

Krousar Thmey’s founder, honoree of the 2019 Hero Award

Krousar Thmey’s founder, honoree of the 2019 Hero Award

Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon, founder of Krousar Thmey, received for the second time an award from World of Children honoring his action and that of the Foundation for the benefit of underprivileged children in Cambodia. Visit the...

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