Zambawood Art and Skills Training Centre

Supporting a purposeful life

Our goal is to address the needs of people with autism and other disabilities to lead into productive, purposeful and sustainable lives through skills training programmes.

In the Philippines, a million people have autism. They do not have the skills to find jobs, support their own well-being and contribute to society. There is no government support to develop the skills of these people.

We aim to establish an arts and skills training centre that will empower the people with disabilities find fun and (particularly) purpose in their lives.

Autistic Filipino youth designs showcased in NY show


Old walls will have a new life

Zambawood, in San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines, is a social enterprise advocating skills training for people with autism and other disabilities.  Presently, the facilities available include a farm, a boutique house, and a café. All venues are used to practice the skills that our special residents have learned.

The new Art and Skills Training Centre will be developed by rehabilitating an abandoned, 30 years old structure into a new facility, consistent with its ranch/countryside setting.

Architect’s illustration of the future Arts and Skills Training Centre

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What is autism?

Autism is a life-long developmental disorder. The spectrum is wide, with varying challenges in communication and socialisation. Individuals do not “outgrow” autism, but as they get older, the symptoms may lessen or change as they mature. With focus, determination and patience, it is possible for them to learn and acquire skills that will give them fun and purpose throughout their lives.

Empowering people towards self-sustainability

When a family has a member who has a disability, it is imperative to develop and nurture the talents and skills of that particular family member and create an activity that produces a sustainable source of income.

Parents naturally go to the next world and when that happens, the siblings and relatives of the person with disabilities may not always be there to financially support them.

Be a partner to this pioneering cause – your generosity will make a difference

Online donation:  JustGiving


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