Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPSA) 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.
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Phare Ponleu Selpak believes passionately in the power of the arts as a tool for human development and social change.
Phare Ponleu Selpak is dedicated to providing a nurturing and creative environment where young people can access quality arts training, education, and social support.
Creativity. Professionalism. Collaboration. Accessibility.
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.
We 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 our 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.
Our community kindergarten helps our youngest students prepare for public school. All kindergarten classes include drawing and painting. Our 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 our Education Department here.
Our Social Support department works to ensure that the children in our community stay in school, live in healthy families, and keep away from drug abuse, domestic violence, and illegal migration. PPSA upholds and protects children’s rights through our Child Protection Program. This program provides children with nutritious lunch, school supplies, stipends, and other forms of support. Dedicated international donors help give our children the tools they need to focus on their studies through our monthly sponsorship program.
Interested in lifting Cambodian children out of poverty? Join our monthly sponsorship program to help us improve the living standards of our community.
Sustainable Artistic Development
PPSA is working to build a sustainable artistic community within Cambodia. To that end, we offer solid employment opportunities for our graduates through our social enterprise partners. Our professional enterprise, Phare, The Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap provides career pathways for our circus performers and musicians. The newly opened Phare Creative Studios is a Cambodian Graphic Design and Animation studio. Learn more about how we support the arts in Cambodia through our Phare Family.
The Phare Family
Phare, The Cambodian Circus (Phare Performing Social Enterprise)
Phare Performing Social Enterprise has three complimentary social missions: Provide gainful employment to Cambodian youth from difficult social and economic backgrounds, financially sustain our parent organization Phare Ponleu Selpak NGO school thereby contributing to the rebirth of Cambodian modern art.
In 2013 Phare Performing Social Enterprise (PPSE) was founded in Siem Reap to offer visitors and locals alike Phare, The Cambodian Circus. This offers PPSA students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a living wage. Operating in Siem Reap, you can learn more about them at www.pharecircus.org.
Phare Creative Studios
Phare Creative Studio (PCS) is a joint project of Phare Performing Social Enterprise (PPSE) and Phare Ponleu Selpak Association (PPSA). Phare Creative Studio offers graphics design and animation services, providing solid employment to PPSA graduates.
PCS is still in the early development stages, but if you’d like more information on the project, please e-mail [email protected].
Phare Ponleu Selpak France
Phare Ponleu Selpak France is a French NGO based in Paris, founded in 2010. Its goal is to support PPSA’s Child Protection Program and PPSA projects by:
- Child sponsoring and donation
- Organizing events such as exhibitions and meetings in France
- Supporting PPSA students training overseas
- Welcoming PPSA students and artists in France