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Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPSA)

LocationCambodia

Issue AreaEducation

Amount NeededGeneral Support Needed

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Changing lives through the arts

Phare Ponleu Selpak is a Cambodian non-profit arts school located in Battambang, offering support to children, youth and the surrounding communities through artistic, educational and social support programmes.

The idea of Phare Ponleu Selpak – “The Brightness of the Arts” in Khmer – was born in 1986 in a refugee camp on the border of Cambodia and Thailand, through the initiative of the French drawing teacher Véronique Decrop who helped children overcome their traumas from the war. After the camp closed, Véronique and nine of her young students decided to create an arts school in Battambang to help the most vulnerable children of the surrounding communities.

We fervently believe in the arts as a tool for human development and social change, and it is no less than 1,000 students who are empowered every year through our schools and programmes: performing, visual and applied arts, leisure classes and vocational training. They are enabling children and young adults to develop their creativity, their communication and life skills and access a sustainable artistic career whilst promoting Cambodian arts and culture.

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