Education in Cambodia is free. However, public schools require students to purchase uniforms, books and school supplies in order to attend which many cannot afford. When students and their families are working each and every day to barely make it by, how can these children ever get ahead? Our partner, PIO, provides everything at no cost- free schooling, daily lunches, and even medical care. With your gift, these children can continuing growing up healthy and dreaming about who they will become.
People Improvement Organization (PIO) was founded by CNN Top 10 Hero Phymean Noun in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on the site of the former municipal garbage dump. Here, she discovered that children were scavenging for recyclables in order to sell them for food to support their families. Families who struggle to buy food cannot afford to send their children to public schools because of the loss of income in addition to the cost of uniforms, books, school supplies, and fees imposed by teachers.
PIO offers free schooling, lunch, and healthcare as well as rice for families each month as an incentive for keeping their children in school. Supporting this project means the world to these students. With your help, these children will be able to continue going to school each day at no cost to their families- a huge 'leg up' to a brighter future!
This project will help educate students at PIO, giving them the tools and confidence they need to continue learning and advancing to the next level. Whether they are starting on grade level or a couple years behind their peers, they will be able to have more opportunities to succeed- PIO prepares students to pass their national exams and enter high school and university or obtain jobs, all of which will help them to live up to their potential and better support their families.