PEPY Empowering Youth is a unique Cambodian-run organization that fights educational inequalities by offering Dream Management Classes, Scholarships, and academic, physical, and mental support to high school and university students from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds in Siem Reap and Kamphong Thom provinces. PEPY’s programs are designed holistically in response to research on barriers to higher education and employment, and target both specific skills, such as in practical English and ICT, as well as broader areas to build confidence, like music and communication. They offer practical and enlightening experiences that simultaneously encourage students to go to university and pursue skilled jobs that they often don’t know are available to them; for example, PEPY invites local business or academic representatives to speak with Dream Class students about what jobs and scholarships are available and what skills are required.
The impacts of these programs have been huge: high school graduation rates have more than doubled in PEPY’s target areas since Dream Classes have started, parents and communities have shown increased awareness of the importance of students staying in school, Scholarship students receive jobs they thought were unreachable before, and employers note the exceptional skills and readiness of the PEPY students they employ, to name just a few!
PEPY has an incredible network of supporters who are passionate about sustainably improving the lives of young Cambodians via education and empowerment. And they are always hoping to expand that network and get to know more generous, dedicated, and compassionate people around the world.
Your donation can make a huge difference to these students, their communities, and future generations — whether it’s $10 or $5,000! Click HERE for more ideas of where your support can go!