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?

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Goal Meter $7,200

$1744 $48
  • Donors
  • Runners

Itinerary

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!


Our Sponsor
A Board Member will generously match contributions up to $2500

Past Projects and actions

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...Continue reading Family Life Improvement Program → ...

Phnom Penh Express

RUN, WALK, SWIM, OR BIKE FOR FOOD EMERGENCY RELIEF IN CAMBODIA Donate Sponsored by NARY Top 3 Racers of the Week What is at stake? The Covid crisis hits home–in Cambodia Many Cambodian families that PSE supports are being hit hard by the Covid crisis. Because of the lockdown, even street vendors have had to...Continue reading Phnom Penh Express → ...

HAIRDRESSERS FOR PSE (2020)

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. ...

IPAD DONATIONS FROM ISTP (2018)

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. ...

RECYCLE FOR A CHILD’S SMILE (2016 TO 2020)

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! ...

RECYCLE FOR A CHILD’S SMILE (2016 TO 2020)

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!

IPAD DONATIONS FROM ISTP (2018)

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 FOR PSE (2020)

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.

Meet The Board

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

Louise dossin

Louise discovered South East Asia in 2003 while working in Vietnam and fell in love with Cambodia. After witnessing extreme poverty and the life-changing work “Pour un Sourire d’Enfant” was doing, she knew she would never forget. She attended business school in Paris and graduated with a Master’s in Purchasing, and moved to South Carolina in 2018 with her husband and their four children. From there, she decided to handle her professional conversion with a skills assessment and realized it was time to return to her first priority and her love: working for people through an organization that makes sense. After volunteering in a few places locally, she decided to join American Friends of PSE’s team in 2021 and bring her motivation and skills to help grow the organization in the United States.

Chloe Angel

Chloe grew up in Lyon, France, before relocating to North Carolina in 2016 to attend university, where she recently obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Chloe had known about PSE (For A Child’s Smile) for several years and jumped at the opportunity to help when she learned the organization was expanding in the US. A native English speaker, Chloe is also a member of the Board.

Phnom Penh Express

RUN, WALK, SWIM, OR BIKE
FOR FOOD EMERGENCY RELIEF IN CAMBODIA

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What is at stake?
The Covid crisis hits home–in Cambodia
Many Cambodian families that PSE supports are being hit hard by the Covid crisis. Because of the lockdown, even street vendors have had to stop working. On top of the usual issues of poverty that these families face, many have lost their jobs and are unable to provide even the basics for their families.

$25 pays for a monthly food care package for a family of four
PSE is launching its 2021 emergency food aid campaign, and AFPSE’s goal is to help by providing $5,000 to support 200 families. Similar to the PSE food relief program in 2020, the funds will first go to help those families most in need.

Food Distribution at PSE Center

Get out and get active–for a cause
If you feel it’s about time you got out and got active, help us raise funds. Have fun and connect with others while you do your favorite sport–or your second favorite!

You won’t do this alone
We’re bringing together donors from all over the country who–use your imagination here–will embark on an overland Cambodian trek–a virtual visit through Cambodia tallying 1,758 miles. The start and finish lines are at the PSE Center in Phnom Penh. We’ve titled this CRAZY, FUN AND CHARITABLE SPORTS CHALLENGE “THE PHNOM PENH EXPRESS.”
WHAT? 🚶🏃‍♀️ 🚴‍♂️ 🏊‍♀️

Cambodian Map with Walking Path

The Phnom Penh Express is a fun way to virtually tour Cambodia, along with a team of other runners, bikers, walkers or swimmers. Turn your workout into a chance to help those who are truly in need. Every 150 miles (give or take), we will post local sightseeing ideas and historical information to help you envision the terrain you’re passing through.
WHEN? ⏱️ 
Register: June 15th – June 30th, 2021
Late registration open until July 15th, 2021
Event: July 1st – July 31st

1,758 Miles In

Donations received from July 1st – August 15th, 2021 will be counted towards the food program.

Sport Event and Donation Schedule

WHO? 🧍
Picture yourself here in your sport gear!

Are You Ready for the PHNOM PENH EXPRESS?

Come along as we disembark on a journey together, a virtual adventure. Whether you’re a runner, walker, cyclist, swimmer or musher, we need your help and your vitality to help us raise funds so we can provide food for the families of PSE in Cambodia. Be a part of this challenge! Help families at PSE.
HOW?   🧰

  1. Sign up as a participant. You’ll be asked to upload your picture.
  2. Let people know about your  challenge by email and social media (sample HERE). Ask your friends and family to sponsor your effort.
  3. Run, walk, bike or swim and log your miles every week

THEN WHAT ?
We will keep track of the total mileage on the map and every 150 miles, we will post an update and indicate where we are on our virtual map and let you know how much we have raised.

ONE MONTH
1,758 Miles
Run, Walk, bike or Swim with Friends
Raise funds to provide food to PSE families in
Cambodia

Starting JULY 1st
Are you in?
We need $5,000
Let’s do it together!

Our Sponsor
NARY, the official sponsor of the Phnom Penh Express, will generously match contributions up to $2,500. Nary is a clothing brand whose mission is to give at-risk or survivors of exploitation dignified and livable employment through the manufacturing of their products. Their story is very inspiring, please check them out at naryresort.com.

Majors Donors & Grants

H F P A

Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been a supporter of PSE School of Media since 2015 with $27,000 worth of grants. ...

IMF Giving Together

The IMF Giving Together is the IMF’s corporate giving program which supports employees’ giving back to the community, both locally and internationally. ...

Give2Asia

At the end of 2018, Give2Asia launched the #WhatsYourCause campaign to amplify local stories from across the Asia Pacific. ...

Past Projects & Actions Temp

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Hairdressers for PSE (2020)

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.

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IPAD Donations from ISTP (2018)

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.

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Recycle for a Child’s Smile (2016 to 2020)

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!

Current Projects

Boarding School

PSE boarding school serves the needs of two types of children and young people. 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. 250 students, whose families live too far away to...Continue reading Boarding School → ...

Rice compensation

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...Continue reading Rice compensation → ...

Special Education

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 ...

Paillottes

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...Continue reading Paillottes → ...

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...Continue reading → ...