MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, is well-known for his philanthropy. In Cambodia, he’s partnered with an international charity, Exceed Worldwide, which has helped amputees for 30 years.
Donaldson’s ‘Beast Philanthropy’ YouTube channel recently shared a harrowing portrait of Cambodian amputees. These men and women often find themselves stuck at home – too poor to access education and employment.
Amputees face severe social challenges and, without help, it is simply next to impossible for them to change their situation and climb up in life.
Donaldson’s latest video details the history of Cambodia’s experience with landmines – an ongoing crisis that has continued for decades after the fact of wartime events in the 1960s and 70s. Amputees are victims of war, and they number in the thousands.
Most amputees in Cambodia became disabled completely by accident, after stepping haplessly on mines while walking or working in fields. After suffering the loss of a leg, victims find it difficult to access the care they need to lead fulfilling lives.
Donaldson’s latest video reveals a crisis in health care for amputees, showing how clinics devoted to rehabilitating amputees and outfitting them with prosthetics are on the verge of shutdown due to lack of resources.
The video features the story of two women who received new prosthetic limbs and portrays their sense of hope that their access to education and employment will blossom.
Pheng Samnang, director of the Disability Development Services programme said yesterday that, “This is a perfect act of charity by MrBeast, with his generous donation of new prosthetics for Cambodian amputees so they can walk and live productive lives once again.”
He pointed out that Cambodia has seen a decline in charitable donations for amputees during the last few years, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that there are many Cambodian amputees still in desperate need of help, especially for new, modern prosthetics.
He added that, while there may be fewer victims of landmine accidents, there are many other victims suffering the loss of limbs due to the high numbers of road traffic accidents in Cambodia.
“We thank MrBeast for these 2,000 new prosthetic legs,” Samnang said. “We all hope Cambodian amputees will see continued support from global charities and the generosity of individuals and nations.”
According to khmertimeskh.com