Sector: Education & Training, Hospitality & Entertainment, Non profit, Retail
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Since 1995, “Pour un Sourire d’Enfant” (PSE) [For a Child’s Smile] is a non-profit organisation with the primary objective of educating underprivileged children in Cambodia. With centres in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, PSE provides food, shelter, medical care, general education, vocational training and family support to enable the integration and success of every child. food, protection.
Through our Vocational Training program, PSE has 3 different schools – School of Hospitality and Tourism, School of Business and School of Technology – which provide more then 20 different vocational skills, which students can choose based on their expertise and admission requirement.
Since its foundation, PSE has achieved a great success supporting thousands of underprivileged children to access education and a professional skill. More than four thousand students have graduated and successfully integrated the labour market, improved their living standards and contributed to the development of their country.
Currently, PSE is providing help to 6,500 children, supporting around 3,100 children in public schools, 1,200 in the remedial education program, and 1,500 in the vocational training program. Around 700 children benefit from our specific education programs: special classes for children care centres, infant welfare and extra curricular activities.
Our mission is to support Cambodian children suffering acute hardship by reintegrating them into society and by creating a safe and appropriate environment for them to learn and develop. Through our professional training we aim to reintegrate them into society as highly qualified as possible.
breakdown of society and a high level of illiteracy. Families were destructed, moral values were vanished and the meaning of solidarity and trust was forgotten. For years now, Cambodia has been restoring itself and developing at a high pace, nevertheless, a large part of the population is still not benefiting from this development.
The main victims are children with dysfunctional families living under the poverty line, often victims of human trafficking, abuse and diseases. Without enough food to eat, healthcare, school or a future to hope for, many end up fighting to survive through the day with dangerous work, such as scavenging through the dump site or streets of the city.
In 1995, Marie-France and Christian des Pallières visited the largest garbage dumpsite in Phnom Penh and witnessed the terrible life of hundreds of children, collecting bits and pieces, day and night, under dreadful hygiene and working conditions. With fear to leave them, they decided to intervene and pull those children out of misery. Soon after, PSE was founded.
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PSE Institute Director
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