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 […]

In Memory of Rin Sophat

The Phare Family lost a beloved member on the 24th December. Our artist and friend, Rin Sophat (graduate from VAAS in July 2016) passed away. We will be remembered for his spirit and beautiful creations. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. May he rest in peace. នេះជាការបាត់បង់នូវសមាជិកម្នាក់ក្នុងគ្រួសារសមាគមហ្វារពន្លឺសិល្បៈជាទីស្រលាញ់ កាលពី ថ្ងៃទី 24 ខែធ្នូ ឆ្នាំ 2016 កន្លងទៅ។ សិល្បករ និងមិត្តភក្តិរបស់យើង គឺ […]

Student Stories: Sreyleak from Circus

Meet Sreyleak, a 17-year-old circus student at Phare Ponleu Selpak. Today, Sreyleak performs in one of our mainstage circus shows under the big top, excels at contortion and trapeze, and even traveled to Rwanda earlier in 2016. But this hasn’t always been the case. Sreyleak, like many of the children at Phare, went through some […]