When you enter Smile Village, at first glance, you see humble but recent buildings, built with concrete, and painted with colours. Nothing comparable with some neighbourhoods of Phnom Penh were people live under rickety shelters, made of wooden sticks supporting metal sheets or other materials coming from the dumpsite.
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When you walk through PSE facilities outside of the School Continuity Program schedule, or over the weekend, you are still finding children. They are children of careful appearance, full of joy and always ready to a clash of hands, a funny word or a bear hug. They are the Pensionnaires —internal kids—, children who live in PSE and for whom PSE is their home.
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Handicapped, the camp dedicated to children with disabilities, is carried out by monitors with a great vocation to serve others and with strength beyond the ordinary.
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Sen Sok breathes something very special whenever someone crosses its entrance, colored by giant swings: the passion of reading. This is told by a small library full of children’s stories waiting behind the swings, whose occupants come in and out of that little room and disappear between the pages of stories. Sen Sok’s PSE center is a kindergarten. Poor, like the whole village, but full of little treasures that help children grow up dreaming stories.
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Teenagers is the PSE camp dedicated to children between the ages of fourteen and seventeen, that is, the oldest of the Continuity Program. This is PSE’s last chance to transmit to children faith in themselves and great values and to guide them towards the only viable path: the one of work and effort. These are the weapons to combat the evils that threaten them.
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Some say the children of Veal Sbov are small savages. Nobody has taught them anything, not even rules, not even limits. Actually, they are small survivors of the most absolute misery, yet to be.
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It’s 6 :20 in the morning. We can already hear songs of monitors waiting for the kids to enter Central Camp. Nine monitors are running around a pick-up, loading two large pots of food. And five minutes later, they are passing through PSE Central Camp large gates, accompanied by the songs and applauses of the other monitors. They are heading to the Community Services Center of Phum Russei. The journey is not long, it only lasts about 15 minutes.
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First day of the school continuity program. Today, when all the children have reached PSE there will be more than a thousand and seven hundred people in the center: An apparent chaos of children and monitors moving throughout the PSE center. However, it responds to a meticulous organization, essential for everything to function as a clock.
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A week before the camp begins, the most important goal is creating the best work environment inside the PSE team, where monitors feel united and able to work together in difficult circumstances, helping each other without losing their smile.
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