Education in Cambodia is free, but public schools require students to purchase uniforms, books and school supplies which many cannot afford and teachers also charge a 'fee' for homework and exams. Our partner, PIO, provides students with everything they need to go back to school along with a daily lunch, medical care, and monthly rice allotments for those with good attendance. With our support, students are graduating, going to university and starting careers.
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 have a full year of Kindergarten lessons and new backpacks and uniforms!
This project will educate 35 kindergarten students, giving them the tools and confidence they need to continue learning and advancing to the next level. Beginning school at a young age, they will not have to fight to catch up to their peers. They will be well-prepared to pass their national exams, enter high school and university, and later obtain jobs that will help them to better support their families, creating a stronger, healthier community for all.