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.
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
Those $12 represent about 30lbs of rice every month. As soon as they can afford it, families start contributing a few cents every month. Their goal is to improve their life situation and not rely on the Rice compensation any more.
Our goal is to raise $7,200
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 and provide 50 families with rice for one year!
Almost 100 children could stop working and attend school for a better life"
* PSE has been operating in Cambodia for 25 years and has already saved more than 11,000 children from destitution, through education and work.