Many families are so poor that to survive they need recompense for the loss of earnings, a few riels, when their children go to school.
We give them rice on a weekly basis to compensate them.
Our social team knows every family that benefits from the programme.
The original “paillotes” have been established as nine Community Centres in the heart of the districts and surrounding villages of Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. They allow us to support the children and their families where they live.
The youngest, 3 to 6 year olds, are cared for by our nursery team. They enjoy pre-school classes so their mothers can go to work.
The centres also provide extra-curricular support – both before and after the school day (half a day in Cambodia) – with games, reading activities, sports and tutoring for kids.
Meetings with families are organised in the centres to discuss issues concerning education and society, such as the role of parents, hygiene, children's rights, women's rights and so on.
The "FLIP" (Family Life Improvement Programme) created in 2011 in partnership with We World, an Italian NGO, enables the parents of our children to increase their income and thereby limit child labour and school dropout rates.
Between 2011 and 2014, more than 600 parents (80% of them mothers) were trained over 3 to 6 months in sewing, house cleaning or cooking. They have also been helped to find and keep decent jobs.
500 others have received assistance to start or develop a micro enterprise.
In total, more than 3,000 children have continued their education thanks to their parents being able to increase their income.
The workshop employs 30 women whose children are supported by PSE: they are guaranteed a fair wage (above the industry average) and good working conditions.
It is also a training ground where the emphasis is on learning diverse skills: in the future they will be able to open their own small workshop if they wish.
These mothers make the school uniforms and crafts sold in PSE shops in Phnom Penh or at fundraising events by the branches.
The goal is to increase their income so their children can stay at school.
Following disaster (illness, flood, fire, expropriation, loss of a job or source of income,...), some families find themselves in dire straits: the education of their children is at risk.
Social jobs provide emergency assistance to those families. A family member is offered an unskilled job at PSE (cleaning, landscaping, manual work etc.) for a period of up to 6 months.
This enables the family to cope with the emergency and avoid withdrawing their children from school. The PSE social teams have time to help the family find a long-term solution (FLIP - Family Life Improvement Programme - training, outside employment, re-housing,...)
Because of appalling hygiene and housing conditions, floods, fires... PSE have developed a re-housing programme for some families.
This programme allows children to live in a decent, calm environment so they can complete their education or training.
"Smile Village" already has 71 families living there, including nearly 300 children.
Ultimately the project will offer re-housing to about 170 families; it is being delivered in collaboration with STEP, a Singapore-based NGO.
The village includes a Community Centre and offers opportunities for residents to generate income, as well as training and familiarisation to their new lifestyle.
Other activities: financial assistance or emergency re-housing is provided to victims of disaster (fires, floods, evictions...)