Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), or, For A Child’s Smile, started operating in 1995 as a non-profit organization dedicated to raising Cambodian children out of poverty. The organization was established by two French nationals who witnessed hundreds of children collecting trash, day and night, under dreadful hygiene conditions on Phnom Penh’s main dumpsite. When those children came “home” – often a bare piece of tarp held by four bamboo poles - they were abused by violent parents who had grown up under the terrible Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot.
From Destitution to Dignity – PSE’s Holistic approach
In order to get a child out of poverty permanently, PSE’s priorities are education and vocational training. A child taken under PSE’s wing will go to a state school or to a Remedial Educational Center according to his/her academic level. After schooling, students can choose between 20 different vocational training programs tailored to the job market. Those programs cover a wide range from hotel and catering, personal services (hairdressing, child care), to business (book keeping, sales and marketing), manual trades (gardening, mechanics, building) and even audio-visual to serve the Movie Industry shootings in South East Asia. PSE delivers some of the best professional trainings in the country and almost 100% of students find employment at the end of their course, earning salaries way above the average. Today PSE has over 4000 former students in the workplace.
Besides school and professional training, PSE offers many services which are crucial to the success of its mission:
For 2017, our goal is to support and promote 3 main projects:
1 - Sponsor a child: Recurring monthly donations of $60
The costs to support one child vary greatly between pre-school, standard school, special needs or vocational training. Therefore $60 is an average monthly cost of the services provided to one child: School, rice compensation for the family, healthcare, meals. Any donation amount is welcome.
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2 – Recycling School Clubs: create PSE clubs in Middle and High Schools or Youth Groups
Local Action for Global Impact
Any aluminum can, plastic bottle or glass bottle that bears the CRV (California Refund Value) logo can be redeemed at a recycling centers for $0,05 a piece (or a price per Lb for large quantities). Any school or organization can participate and then send whatever amount they make to the PSE account with Give2Asia. This is a local project consistent with the Cambodian children experience
It takes …just 1,200 recycled beverage containers to support one child for one month. But school donations can also be dedicated to a specific project - See below what the impact of even small amounts can be
$2 = FOOD - 5 meals for one child over 5 school days
$4 = HEALTHCARE – Medical Follow-up for one child for one month
$7 = CHILDCARE – One day of day care in the Mother and Child Protection Service
$10 = FOOD – Rice compensation for one family for one month
$40 = SCHOOL – one bike and helmet for a child to go to school
$80 = SCHOOL – Scholl supplies for one child for one year
Please let us know if you would like to organize a presentation in a school or for a youth group
3 – Major Project : PSE Boarding School - $18,000
PSE housing center in Phnom Penh offers accommodation to 450 children
Our team of 25 staff members are on site to
The emphasis is on individualized support for each child: personal file, monthly meetings with teachers, exchange and coordination with the psychological counseling service
PSE US has committed to support 40 children during 2016-17 school year for a total amount of $18,000 (the cost for one child at the center is $450 for the school year).
Please join our mailing list and receive PSE’s quarterly newsletter that will keep you updated on all the major activities. Click here for the contact page for international chapters of PSE.
Les Pepites (little Gems) is a movie about the creation of PSE and its founders. It aired in Europeans theaters in October 2016 and will come to the US in 2017.
Humanitarian Prizes won by PSE
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