Race for Rice 🍚
May 20th to June 20th
JOIN US FOR OUR PHNOM PENH EXPRESS 2022
The Phnom Penh Express is a virtual trek around Cambodia, by a team of runners, bikers, walkers or swimmers who turn their physical effort into a fundraising opportunity, to support Cambodian children and their families.
How To Join Us?
Goal Meter $7,200
What is at stake?
One third of all PSE families rely on Rice Compensation. The only reason their children can attend school is thanks to the Rice Program that provides the equivalent of lost children’s earnings in Rice. Children may work 12 hours a day in the heat, breaking stones, scavenging or selling items in the street and barely earn 50 cents in a day! When they attend school instead of working, PSE compensates the loss and at the same time makes sure that they will have something to eat at home!
Every Friday after school, kids will bring back home themselves the 8lbs rice they have earned by being present at school.
Rice Compensation for a family of 4: $12/month – $144/year
Our goal is to raise $7,200 and help 100 children go to school. That amount would cover the needs of 50 families for one year – almost 100 children (2 per families) would stop working and go to school instead!
Together we can raise $7,200 to give enough rice to 50 families for one year!
|A Board Member will generously match contributions up to $2500
The “Paillottes” are lightweight classrooms that PSE establishes in the neighborhoods where children live and attend State Schools.
Many children are at risk of dropping out. Because of Covid, they could only attend school in person for 4 months over the last 21 months!
Since State school is on a half-day basis only in Cambodia, PSE School Support Classes will take place Monday through Friday in shifts (morning and afternoon) for the half day the children are not at state school. AFPSE funded renovation of Smile Village Paillottes – $12,290
The “Paillotes” also welcome young children in nurseries, which frees up older siblings to go to school and enable mothers to go work. AFPSE funded renovation of OBK Paillotte which is welcoming around 200 children in nursery classes.- $6,670
The Adapted Teaching Section (ATS) takes care of about 40 children in 5 classes. The building has to be adapted to accommodate the use of wheelchairs in different spaces activity room for day care, rooms dedicated to rehabilitation: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sensory room, speech therapy room…
AFPSE sent a $3,000 grant to enlarge door openings
Each empty can or bottle is worth 5 cents. By doing the same thing as children scavenging in the streets in Cambodia, California students returning empty beverage containers to redemption centers raised $8,000. This is equivalent to financing school meals for one week for 4,000 students!
ISTP donated 40 iPads 20 were repurposed with apps to teach maths in the remedial school and 20 as self-service tools for research in the Library.
Hairdressers from three different salons in San Mateo County offered to donate some of their very useful and expensive tools to the students of the hairdressing school. These tools will be donated to young graduates from the hairdressing school to help them get started in their new career.
Our families are so poor that they cannot afford to send their children to school and lose the income from their work. Rice 4 Class has been a cornerstone of PSE programs and includes the weekly distribution of 3.5kg of rice per child (sometimes more if necessary) to the most vulnerable families. $12/month is all it costs to ensure children can go to school… and have dinner when they come back home!
In 2022 (Jan.-Dec.), we are expecting that 1,050 families will need our help, which would require 378 tons of rice for the year (31.5 tons/month = 30kg/family/month on average).
A donation of $1,440 helps subsidize rice distributions for 10 families for an entire year.
Beatrice Carrot, President
In 2006 Beatrice had the honor of meeting Christian and Marie-France des Pallières, founders of “Pour un Sourire d’Enfant” during their French fundraising tour. Their outstanding effort and impact to elevate children from poverty to dignity in Cambodia compelled her to establish the US chapter of PSE (aka “For a Child’s Smile” ) when she relocated with her family of six in the the Bay Area. As President of “For a Child’s Smile”, Beatrice incessantly volunteered and worked towards converting the entity to a 501(c)(3), under the name “American Friends of PSE”, in 2020. Beatrice holds a Masters from EM Lyon Business School, and has contributed her in-depth knowledge to pro-profit as well as non-profit organizations over the last 20 years.
Brigitte Zelenko, SECRETARY
Brigitte was born in Lyon, France. Before moving to Washington DC in 2000, she worked for a French consultancy firm, Cegos, as a finance and banking consultant in Paris.
Since her arrival in the United States, she has worked for several non-profit entities as Treasurer or CFO. Alongside this work, Brigitte also paints and sculpts and has used her organizational skills to plan various art events. Brigitte joined PSE (For a child’s smile) in 2016 and has held the position of Treasurer ever since and was recently appointed Secretary of the Board
Delphine Magnier, TREASURER
Delphine was born in Marseille, France. A finance professional, Delphine moved to California in 2007 to serve as the Chief Financial Officer at Shopping.com, an eBay company. In 2015, she decided to follow her passion for food and entrepreneurship with a career change by co-founding and managing Les COOKettes catering company in San Francisco. She joined PSE (For a Child’s Smile) in 2021, as the Treasurer
Katherine has supported PSE over nearly a decade with translation projects, fund raising, and sponsoring. She studied writing pedagogy at the University of California San Diego, and has been involved in education, tech, and Internet startups. At ROLM, the company that invented voicemail, she worked in employee communications. At Softbank Expos, she was an early witness to the Web explosion, working as a web architect. At ZDNet, she was part of feeds and content partnerships. For the last decade, she has worked in the nonprofit world, where she has been a grant writer and educator for organizations with a focus on youth, social justice, and empowerment through educational attainment, and therapeutic writing and art. She currently teaches language arts with SharePath Academy.
An American, a native of New York State, and a former French teacher, Fred has had a nearly forty-year career in nonprofit fundraising and administration in education and human services. He is now a freelance translator of French and Italian to English under the banner of his firm, Pour Ainsi Dire LLC. Fred has a deep historical interest in the countries of the former Indochina — particularly Cambodia, which he has visited twice. His third visit, in January 2024, will be a séjour with PSE.