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Pour un Sourire d’Enfant

Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
Pour un Sourire d’Enfant
Country and localization
Cambodia, Phnom Penh
Supported people
551 very disadvantaged young people
Project helped in
Amount of the support
46,000 euros

Professional training programs for young rag-pickers.

Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) is a French charity founded in 1993 by Christian and Marie-France des Pallières. It helps extremely poor children, out of school, abused, forced to work in difficult and dangerous conditions (rag-pickers, gatherers of water spinach, etc.) To free them of these deplorable conditions, PSE feeds, cares for and educates these young people and trains them to give them a professional future.

In Phnom Penh, PSE manages a vocational training center for young rag-pickers to prepare them for 21 trades (technical jobs, hospitality careers, trade activities…). The employees of the Sofitel Phnom Penh are involved, as volunteers, in the training in hospitality careers.

The Accor Foundation * supported several professional programs of this NGO: foreign-language courses in French and English for 411 young who learned business and commerce jobs in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, the Foundation* supported the creation of an applied retail business so that 140 young people have a practical experience during their training.

* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor.

The project holder
Charles-Henri Chevet
General Manager Sofitel Cambodia

« I provide advice to PSE about the content of some of their programs and trainings. I hope this project will enable more Cambodian people to have access to a job adapted to their training.