Thanks to Thales’s payroll giving scheme*, the Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) association has been able to expand its programme to reduce school dropout rates in Cambodia and lift more children out of extreme poverty.
In Cambodia, where inequality is rife, the education system excludes the poorest children as early as primary school, with only 32% of students continuing their educations past the primary level.
In the last 20 years, Pour un Sourire d’Enfant has welcomed over 6,500 children into its school in Phnom Penh, providing accelerated education and tutoring in various subjects.
Selected by the Thales Foundation for the impact of its educational activities, the association has benefitted from Thales’s payroll giving scheme since April 2017. In eight months, 290 employees enrolled in the programme to allocate their micro-donations to the PSE project, raising over 15,000 euros in 2017. More than 440 employees in France are currently supporting the project, between them donating nearly 3,000 euros each month.
During the 2016-17 school year, the first donations made it possible to offer tutoring to 134 public school students for four months. Thanks to this support, students showed remarkable improvement in their Khmer reading and mathematics grades. In July 2017, 96% of the students passed their exams.
PSE has already exceeded its objective for the 2017-18 school year, with 1,031 underprivileged children struggling in school receiving additional tutoring so they can strengthen their skills and continue their education.
Ol Liza, a 12-year-old girl who lives with her mother, was in her last year at the Dombokkapos primary school in Phnom Penh, and her grades were not good enough to allow her to continue her education. After the association provided her with tutoring, Ol Liza soon gained confidence and her mathematics and Khmer grades rapidly improved. Now this young girl is no longer afraid to say she wants to become a doctor , and her mother hopes she will have a bright future.
* The payroll giving scheme allows all Thales employees in France to support a charity project by donating a few cents from their paycheck each month and, if they wish, by making an additional donation of up to 10 euros. 100% of the donations go to the association and the Group has agreed to match employee donations. The payroll giving scheme requires no commitment; microdonors can change the amount they give, end their participation, or donate to a different project at any time.
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