1989 - Cambodia Trust established in Calmette Hospital, Phnom Penh to provide artificial limbs (prostheses) to victims of conflict in Cambodia. Many amputees as result of landmines.

1994 – Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics established. Known as CSPO, it was initiated by the Founder Director – Carson Harte – and the Deputy Director – Anne Henriksen. The Cambodia Trust engaged with 4 other Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to establish the School and ensure adherence to international standards.

1997 – CSPO gained international Category II accreditation from the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).

2000 – The Cambodia Trust established a Regional Office in Singapore to facilitate the development of a Strategic Plan for the development of more schools of prosthetics and orthotics on a regional basis – replicating the CSPO model in other countries. This period of strategic planning was entirely funded by The Nippon Foundation of Japan, which was one of several CSPO donors and subsequently the sole funder of work leading to a regional Strategic Plan.

2001 – Regional Strategic Plan submitted to Nippon Foundation. Proposal included the establishment of 3 schools of prosthetics and orthotics in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. Myanmar had been a first choice, but became a lower priority because of visa difficulties for foreigners at that time.

2002 – Cambodia Trust gained ISO 9001:2000 certification. One of the first NGOs in the world to gain this status and the first NGO in Cambodia.

2004 – Sri Lankan School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (SLSPO) opened in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2008 – Jakarta School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JSPO) opened in Jakarta, Indonesia.

2010 – Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) opened in Quezon City, Manila, the Philippines.

2013 – Myanmar School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) opened in Yangon, Myanmar.

2014 – New Strategic Plan Developed – key objectives being the creation of a social enterprise and the development of a research organisation. The social enterprise objective led to formation of Exceed Social Enterprises (ESE) and the research objective led to formation of the Exceed Research Network (ERN).

2014 – Name changed from The Cambodia Trust to Exceed Worldwide. After many years of operating as The Cambodia Trust, it was time to embrace the regional and global profile of the organisation.

2015 – Exceed Social Enterprises (ESE) formed as a key strategic objective. ESE is a company and social business fully-owned by Exceed Worldwide. Its only aim is to generate income which will help to support Exceed Worldwide’s charitable work.

Recent Initiatives:

Exceed Social Enterprises being developed on two fronts – private P&O clinics (Exceed P&O) and a regional supply and distribution business for prosthetic and orthotic products (Exceed S&D).

New service model, based on social enterprise, being tested in Cambodia in partnership with the Cambodian Government. This offers private and subsidised prosthetic and orthotic services alongside the free services provided for those who cannot afford to pay and aims to use income from those who can afford to pay to support services for the most disadvantaged.

The Exceed Research Network was founded as another strategic objective. This international prosthetic and orthotic and disability research network involves universities, NGOs and private sector businesses from North America, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific.


Click here to access this paper which considers the development of prosthetic and orthotic education and services in Southeast Asia.

‘Innovation in sustainable AT services using Social Enterprise as a basis for collaboration between NGO and Government.’

Paper presented by Carson Harte, CEO of Exceed Worldwide at the WHO Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) Consultation, Geneva, 22-23 August 2019