» Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE)



History and Philosophy

After discovering in 1995 the biggest garbage dump in Phom Penh where children work all day long in dreadful hygiene conditions, Christian and Marie-France Des Pallières, decided to create PSE. Starting by giving them proper food directly on dump site, they are now 6000 children enjoying food, health care, protection and education.

With full respect for the sovereignty of the countries where it intervenes, the Association tries to integrate its work with the action plans of the countries where it works and to develop its projects in close collaboration with the local Authorities whilst preserving its complete independence of action and control.



The objective of the association is to defend the fundamental children’s rights throughout the world. Considering that every human being can invest into this objective, our association is apolitical and non-denominational.
For a Child’s Smile mission is to intervene to the benefit of those children in the greatest distress by both direct and institutional action. 

Direct action is realized, among others, through:

  • Food distribution
  • Providing health care centers
  • Creating protection centers
  • Help for education
  • Vocational training
  • Supporting families

Institutional action can be carried out though:

  • Information
  • Defending Children’s Rights in all authorities both national and international
  • Collaborating in specific projects such as construction of schools, of dispensaries, etc…
  • Development of educational programs
  • Supporting Non Governmental Organizations who work with the same spirit towards children in distress

Today, more than 4000 children from PSE go to school and 1500 youngsters follow vocational training. PSE also provides programmes about different essentials topics such as hygiene, nutrition, medical and psychological care, protection and support to the families.

A second aspect of PSE activities is the social business handling the production of sewing products by the parents whom the children are welcomed in our centers and throughout a continuous training. Our workshop currently employs 25 women and mothers who benefit from a six months’ vocational training and learn a trade in order to improve their standards of living.

All of these women, from extremely poor social backgrounds, are supervised by 2 experimented production managers. Our mothers make principally student and professional uniforms, handicraft and ready-to-wear clothing. We welcome the tailors in a secure, well-ventilated and equipped workshop, providing them a decent working environment



Address: #402 group 12 village Trea, Stung Mean Chey, Phnom Penh
BP 2107, Phnom penh 3, Cambodia

Phone: 023 995 660
Email: pse@site-pse.org

Website: www.pse.ong