PSE HK [fr]
« Pour un Sourire d’Enfant » (PSE) is a French charity founded in 1995 by Christian and Marie-France des Pallieres, in Phnom Penh.
When traveling in Cambodia, they discovered what they recount as being “hell on earth: children of all ages living, working and eating under the scorching sun in Phnom-Penh’s then biggest dump”. A completely inhumane world where children were risking their lives for a few cents, where some of them would die before their very own eyes crushed by bulldozers shifting garbage. Moved by so much misery they decided to act quickly and created « Pour un Sourire d’Enfant » (“For a child’s smile”), PSE.
Since then, more than 10,000 children have been rescued from the dumps: they have received medical care, been clothed, nourished, socialized, educated and have graduated so that once they become young adults, they can attain a proper job.
Today in 2016, PSE takes care of more than 6,000 children every day. The organization provides an education for over 4,300 of Cambodia’s poorest children, and vocational training for an additional 1,500.
PSE contributed to initiate vocational training in Cambodia. Today, PSE Vocational Training Centre, named PSE Institute, includes 3 schools (Hospitality, Management and Sales & Technical) which prepare students for 28 different careers. More than 3.900 PSE alumni are among the happy few to have real jobs in Cambodia.
From the beginning of their project, part of Christian and Marie-France’s commitment has been to empower local communities and PSE now employs 450 Cambodian staff, which includes the entire management team. On top of that in 2013, PSE opened a dedicated program for those who are disabled.
PSE is also actively engaged in range of extracurricular support schemes. If providing education has been the main activity, many support programs are essential for the success of the educational projects:
- Feeding: more than 9,000 meals handed out every day.
- Medical care: PSE Medical team serves 20,000 deprived children and family members.
- Psychological follow up
- Protection: a boarding house, foster families and a student hostel welcome orphans, those who are in danger in their families, or live too remotely.
- The "Paillotes" (community service centers) welcome the younger ones left without proper care during the day and provide them with showers, meals, medical care.
- Programs to support the most vulnerable families: compensation in rice, material, social and medical help.
The resources come from a sponsorship program (70% of operational expenses) and donations. At least 92% of the money collected goes directly to the children.
In 2014, PSE Hong Kong branch was open with a clear objective: reinforcing the local awareness of the charity and leveraging the actively involved Hong-Kong based community. Since then, PSE Hong Kong has been incredibly active in promoting initiatives to raise funds and recruit sponsors through many successful events including Christmas fairs, concerts, the HK French Theatre Festival, sponsored by the French Consulate, … to name a few.
Philippe Bourgeon (President): firstname.lastname@example.org
Thierry Chicote-Navas (General secretary): email@example.com
Tam Tran Bourgeon (Operations Coordination): firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronique Wehry (Treasurer & Donation): email@example.com