Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) or “The Brightness of the Arts” is a non-profit Cambodian association improving the lives of children, young adults, and their families with art schools, educational programs, and social support since 1994.
Today in Battambang, children and families still face many social problems. Children drop out of school, experience domestic violence, drug abuse, and migrate illegally to work in extremely poor conditions in Thailand where they face exploitation and abuse.
They take a holistic approach to solving social problems through the arts, education, and social work. Phare Ponleu Selpak seeks to provide education, access to the arts, vocational training, and professional pathways to the children and young adults of their community.
Visual and Applied Arts School
The Visual and Applied Arts School is the foremost program of its kind in Cambodia. Leisure classes are open to all, introducing children to painting, drawing, and sculpture. The rigorous three year vocational training gives Cambodian youth the chance to build careers in the Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Animation.
Performing Arts School
The Performing Arts School gives local children access to circus, theatre, dance, and music. The four year vocational training provides a pathway to employment as a performer. PPSA alumni have gone on to perform and study Europe, Canada, and the United States. Battambang circus performances are held on campus every week.
Their community kindergarten helps their youngest students prepare for public school. All kindergarten classes include drawing and painting. Their community library is open to all with books in Khmer, English, and French. The library offers computer classes, literacy classes, and tutoring. The Child Development Center provides a safe space for children to stay outside school hours. Learn more about the great work being done by their Education Department here.
Their Social Support department works to ensure that the children in their community stay in school, live in healthy families, and keep away from drug abuse, domestic violence, and illegal migration. PPS upholds and protects children’s rights through their Child Protection Program. This program provides children with nutritious lunch, school supplies, stipends, and other forms of support. Dedicated international donors help give their children the tools they need to focus on their studies through the monthly sponsorship program.
With a US$900,000 annual budget, PPS works with 86 employees, 8 volunteers and has 1,000 members.