Pour un Sourire d'Enfant
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PSE started in 1995, on the day we saw children eating in the filth of the dump-site in Stung Meanchey in Phnom-Penh in Cambodia. It was appalling. Having seen that, it was not possible to continue to live normally. Something had to be done.
First we started to bring meals to the garbage dump, but very soon we realized that the situation went beyond our forces and resources. We returned to France to alarm our families, friends, and everyone we knew. To tell them what we had discovered, and thanks to their overwhelming mobilization we were able to return to Cambodia and create "Pour un Sourire d'Enfant" (for a child's smile).
That day in October 1995, some little scavengers take the hand of Christian des Pallières, young retiree in humanitarian mission for reconstruction of a primary school system, and take him to the biggest garbage dump of Phnom Penh. He is absolutely terrified to discover hundreds of children collecting rubbish, day and night, under dreadful hygiene conditions.
And the worse is, that those children are eating this revolting trash…There's no care, no school, no food, and simply no hope for them. Christian and his spouse, Marie-France, decide spontaneously to do everything to get them out of this misery. The adventure is kicked off in spring 1996 with about twenty children. The des Pallières are confronted with many barriers, they manage to abolish all of them, one by one.