From Trash to Class: From Rubbish To Director At Merc-Benz!

 
The light filters beautifully in this scene. If it weren't a dumpsite, it would be picture perfect. This was where Khun Chantha used to work.
The light filters beautifully in this scene. If it weren’t a dumpsite, it would be picture perfect. This was where Khun Chantha used to work.

Today, he owns four cars. He is able to provide for every need of his family.

However, there is a grim story behind the success of Khun Chantha, a director at Mercedes-Benz in Cambodia.

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Hailing from a very poor family, he experienced a dreadful childhood, seeped in misery, violence and suffering.

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During his teenage, he moved to Phnom Penh, where he scoured through rubbish dumps to find things that he could sell to support his education. It was a tough life with no real hope.

Fortunately, help came along in the form of Pour un Sourire d’Efant (PSE), a French organization that helps children from rubbish dumps in Cambodia. PSE provides them with shelter, education, emotional support, food and health care.

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Pour un Sourire d’Efant, a French phrase meaning ‘for a child’s smile’ was founded by Christian and Marie-France des Pallières. Fondly addressed by the PSE students as ‘Papi’ and ‘Mami,’ they thought of doing something to help when they came across children eating in the filth of a dump site in Phnom Penh.

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Today, PSE has empowered more than 4000 children to go to school and 1500 youngsters to follow vocational training.

Watch ‘From Misery to Skilled Job’ on Viddsee:

Khun Chatha, Christian, Marie-France’s stories were told to Bopha Sean for Our Better World, a storytelling initiative of the Singapore International Foundation.

You can make a difference to help these children lead a life of dignity. Click here for more information on Pour un Sourire d’Efant.

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