Sector: Education & Training
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Pour un Sourire d’Enfant – For a Child’s Smile (PSE) - is a non-profit organization operating in Cambodia since 1995 to help children suffering acute hardship by reintegrating them into society and by creating a safe and appropriate environment for them to study and to learn a trade that is as highly qualified as possible. Recognized by the local authorities, PSE is working with full respect of the country, with the Cambodians, and thus supports sustainable development.
PSE is operating six main programs that meet children needs, allowing a key-integrated approach for the success of its action: nutrition, healthcare, protection and accommodation, general education, vocational training and family support.
Currently PSE is taking care of more than 6,000 children in its various programs, supporting more than 3,000 children in public schools, around 1,000 in the remedial education program, and almost 1,500 in the vocational training program. 4,500 graduates from PSE Vocational Training program already have successfully integrated the job market with a real qualified position. They live with dignity and help their family.
PSE employs more than 600 people (teachers, trainers, doctors, social assistants…) in Cambodia and 4 staff in France. 300 volunteers in different countries are actively working on making the organization known and on fundraising donations and sponsorships.
In 2000, PSE was awarded the French Human Rights Prize by the French Republic.
In Cambodia, the national education system is improving and Vocational Training is developing which is a good thing. But as in all countries there are those who cannot keep up in school or are misfits, families too poor to pay for school or vocational training for their children ... they will remain on the margins, in a country where, for a long time to come, there will be no social support (apart from NGOs).
PSE’s action began at the end of 1995 with the children scavenging on the Phnom Penh dumpsite. When the dumpsite was relocated, some of the families of “our children” continued to work on the new dumpsite under more difficult conditions (lower resale rates because they cannot sell anywhere else: transport is too expensive). Others have become street scavengers or work in other difficult and risky jobs.