Vision & Mission


From Poverty to Opportunity – every child deserves access to the best possible education in a caring, respectful and safe environment, and be empowered to build their own future.


American Friends of PSE is dedicated to funding the education of the most impoverished children in Cambodia through proven, holistic and sustainable programs ranging from nutrition, education, health care, protection to vocational training.

American Friends of PSE is non-religious and non-political.

Planned Giving

If you want your legacy to live on by supporting young people in Cambodia to complete their education and earn a living wage, you can make American Friends of PSE part of your Estate Plan.

The following language may help you and your attorney when drawing up a will or trust that meets your needs:

“I give to American Friends of PSE, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 2207 Cipriani blvd, Belmont CA 94002, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

*If you are interested in supporting a specific project or program, it is best to discuss your plans with our executive team before completing your bequest language to confirm your wishes can be met by American Friends of PSE.

Please note: The policies of American Friends of PSE do not allow American Friends of PSE or its representatives to serve as personal representative, executor, trustee or witness for a will or trust.

How to donate

American Friends of PSE is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States. All contributions to American Friends of PSE are currently fully deductible, up to established limits, for California State income tax purposes and Federal Tax purposes.

Give by credit/debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay or Google Pay

Give by check (mail)

Mail check for American Friends of PSE to the following address:
American Friends of PSE
2617 Lincoln Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002

Give via wire transfer – ACH (or Wire)

American Friends of PSE
Bank of the West
505 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
ABA Routing number: 121100782
Account Number : XXXXXXXXX
For safety and fraud prevention purposes, please contact us if you’d like to make a wire transfer. See how to donate international charity.

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Boarding School

PSE boarding school serves the needs of two types of children and young people.

  1. Some 160 children, who are at risk of violence at home (more than half of them girls), benefit from the safety and security of the boarding facility in our Phnom Penh Centre.
  2. 250 students, whose families live too far away to commute, can complete their education in our Vocational training programs.

Since, students are living on campus over the week-ends, they also participate in weekly cleaning and cooking chores and at the same time learn team work. They also enjoy extra-curricular activities and monthly outings.
American Friends of PSE’s grants funds boarding costs for 40 children on average every year.

Family Life Improvement Program

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.

Parents (80% of them mothers) are trained over 3 to 6 months in sewing, house cleaning or cooking. They are also being helped to find and keep decent jobs.

Some of our older students who have a hard time following a longer curriculum in our vocational training tracks are also benefiting from FLIP.

AFPSE will support this program with the purchase of $3,200 worth of kitchen equipment.