S’Art Urban Art Event, with FinDAC!

Anaphyabal – Guardian, Mother, Protector looks after our campus For the very first time, Battambang was the theatre of an international urban art festival, S’Art Urban Art Event, hosted on our campus in Battambang from the 5th to the 11th of November 2018. Acclaimed Irish mural artist Fin DAC decided to stay a week with […]

A Peek Into the Inspiring Life of a Social Worker

Sreyriem, 38, has worked at Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) since 2004. However, she did not start her Phare career as a social worker to begin with. She started working at the Childcare Center, looking after the children on campus, learning how to understand them better, and encouraging them to study hard. After the Childcare Center […]

Meet Reaksmy, Outstanding Student of the Year

In September, three child club members from eight Cambodian NGOs were invited to join a two-day workshop about Child’s Rights and Child Advocate Network. Reaksmy, a 17-year-old dance student at Phare Ponleu Selpak was chosen to be the Provincial Child Advocate Network leader.. She also participated in a workshop in December about the National Child […]

Watching the sky through a bamboo sphere

“Changing our perception of the space by putting a transparent construction between us and the surrounding environment”. From this idea, a huge bamboo sphere was built in our Visual and Applied Arts School. This project was initiated by Mr. Thierry Vandebroek, and the fact that it happened at Phare Ponleu Selpak was both a happy […]

The Movement That Is Transforming Lives Around The World

For nearly 25 years, Phare Ponleu Selpak has been using the arts to transform the lives of children. Originally, we helped refugee children cope with trauma through drawing. Over the years, we added more arts, including music, dance, and circus. Now, we’re part of the Asian Social Circus Association, a network that spans the globe […]

Flying Circus Academy Comes to Town

Campus is alive this month with sounds and music, circus, and many different languages. The sounds of drummers playing Brazilian inspired beats echo across the campus. Inside the circus school, artists from around the world are practicing in the sky and on the ground. This can only mean one thing: our Flying Circus Academy is […]

Modern Superwoman: Meet Kimleng Tiv

Meet Kimleng Tiv, former student and now our workshop and events coordinator; and a super woman. Born and raised in Battambang, Kimleng loves working for Phare and has a message to empower girls in Cambodia: “Don’t be afraid to be different.” Kimleng started working with her first NGO back when she was still in high […]

Girl Power: Battambang’s Girl Band Takes on Siem Reap

Throughout Cambodia’s rich musical history, women have played only a limited role, mostly as singers. Think of the 1970’s star Ros Sereysothea, or the more modern Srey Thy, lead singer of the Cambodian Space Project. But despite the prevalence of a few female singers, Cambodia doesn’t often see a rock band made up entirely of women. […]

Student Stories: Sophea and Sreynath

Meet Sreynath and Sophea, two 4-year-old kindergarten students at Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang. Both children have been enrolled in our kindergarten program for 2 years. We had a quick chat with them, and Sreynath’s mother, to find out if they are enjoying their time in our kindergarten. Kindergarten at Phare Kindergarten is not traditionally […]

Making Sbek Thom: An Interview with a Phare Teacher

  If your home had been ripped apart by civil war, and your culture and arts almost completely erased, what would you do? For the teachers at Phare Ponleu Selpak, the answer is clear: study these ancient arts, and pass them on to the students. This January, through workshops and knowledge sharing, our teachers worked […]