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PEPY Fundraising PowerPoint
PEPY EMPOWERING YOUTH
Make a difference!
Why do we need to support Cambodian students?
Young people, especially in Kralanh and Srei Snam Districts, Siem Reap Province feel
there are not many options for them which leads to have low aspirations. 90% of the
people are farmers and earn around $3 a day.*
Many students leave high school and migrate illegally to Thailand where they can earn
around 10$ per day. Even students who finish high school still migrate, get married, or
work the rice farms after graduating as their parents cannot afford to send them to
Because this is the norm in rural communities, students lack good role models who
can demonstrate the value of continuing their education.
According to statistics released by Siem Reap Provincial Department of Education
Youth and Sports in 2016 – 2017:
161,551 students ( 78,218 girls) were enrolled in Primary School.
43,746 students ( 23,764 girls) were enrolled in Secondary (Middle) School.
Only 20,201 students( 11,218 girls) were enrolled in High School.
*Tunon, M. & Rim, K. (Oct 2013). Cross-Border Labour Migration in Cambodia: Considerations for the National Employment Policy. ILO.
**Bylander, M. (2017, Jan.) Cambodian Migration to Thailand: The Role of Environmental Shocks and Stress. Knomad Working Paper (7).
What would the best way to help?
Supporting high school graduates to
access university and ultimately skilled
employment locally will create
sustainable and positive impacts in our
Given that our students become positive
role models demonstrating the power of
education, and that many even offer
support or workshops to their younger
community members, PEPY’s indirect
impact is exponential.
PEPY is a local NGO which is certified as a Governance and Professionalism Practice
is running 3 big Projects (Dream Management, Scholarship and Learning Center) to
ensure that young, bright, committed and dedicated students can reach their dreams
and make a difference in their families and communities.
PEPY’s mission is connect young Cambodians to the skills, opportunities and
inspirations needed to reach their potential.
Our main core values
Transparency and accountability
Integrity and honesty
Respect and support each other
Learning, sharing and have fun
Ownership and collaboration
Open to give and receive feedback
Dream Management Project
In Dream Management Project, PEPY
provides high school students a forum to
identify and discuss their ambitions for the
future, and any challenges they may need
to overcome, Career resources, mentorship,
and one-on-one and group workshops.
PEPY invites Successful Cambodian
professionals to present students and gives
them exposure to different ideas and
aspirations. We also run Skills Fairs so that
all students can ask questions and see
opportunities from universities, NGOs,
businesses, and companies in Siem Reap.
PEPY provides university and vocational
training scholarships for students
from Kralanh, Srei Snam, and our partner
NGO’s target areas.
Scholarships include 3 years of tuition to
universities and vocational schools in
Siem Reap, a bicycle, use of a computer,
a living allowance, and access to
Scholarship students also attend
PEPY’s Learning Center in Siem Reap for
at least one year, which provides English,
technological, and soft skills (presentation
skills, CV and interview techniques,
cultural exchange, leadership, confidence
building, creative learning) to prepare
them for a rapidly evolving labor market
that increasingly requires these abilities.
Scholarship Project – Continued
In order to ensure that PEPY’s impact is
felt more broadly in our target populations’
communities, Scholarship students are
required to plan and implement
community projects during their time at
For example, last year, one group of
students researched health issues in
their communities and implemented
health and hygiene workshops to
youth and families in their community.
More broadly, our Scholarship Program
encourages students’ peers, families, and
younger children in these communities to
see the tangible results and value of
pursuing an education and dreaming big
about the job opportunities available, both
locally, nationally, and internationally
Scholarship Student Costs
A scholarship for one student to complete his/her bachelor’s degree costs around
$4500. You can break this donation into three years ( Year 1: $2,000, Year 2: $1,200
and Year 3: $800)
You can also support specific parts of the PEPY Scholarship:
$700 : will secure one year of tuition fees for one student.
$720: will secure one year living allowance for one student.
$120: will allow one student to attend one team building training course.
$100: will secure one year of health care for one student.
$60 : will secure one bicycle and one helmet for one student.
$60: will secure one month’s living allowance for one student.
PEPY’s Learning Center
Graduation from tertiary education does not necessarily lead to securing a job.
There are chronic skills shortages in high school and university graduates. Key skills
found to be lacking included soft skills such as leadership, interpersonal
communication, critical and analytical thinking skills, problem-solving, and conflict
resolution. Also lacking were hard skills such as proficiency in English language and
Information & Communication Technology.*
The Learning Center provides hard and soft skills training based on these skills gaps,
both to Scholarship students and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds
*National Employment Agency, 2017
Learning Center – English Class
We provide both internal and external
English classes, which supplement the
English Classes that the students attend
at university. However, we go beyond the
textbook curriculum to provide practical
skills through the English language, such
as critical thinking and student-centered
strategies to increase motivation.
Learning Center – ICT Class
Communication through technology
is increasingly important in securing
jobs. Students learn industry-standard
software applications, including
Microsoft Office, graphic design, and
online communications, in preparation
for future employment.
Learning Center – Youth Empowerment Class
YE Class aims to build confidence and skills in
interpersonal communication, leadership, problem-solving,
and critical thinking.
Topics include: program management, presentations and
facilitation, SDG strategies, empathic communication,
CV/cover letter writing, yoga, creative writing, traditional
dance, drawing, and music.
In addition, the Learning Center invites speakers several
times a year, showcasing Cambodian role models who have
achieved success in their professional lives. We also
facilitate forums between potential employers and students,
so they can learn more about the job market. To help
students enhance their work experience and build their
confidence, we help connect students with temporary
opportunities such as internships and volunteering.
Meet Chiva – Scholarship Student in 2017
Chiva Proeun is teaching Digital Literacy and typing
classes to young kids at JWOC, a local NGO. Prior to
earning a PEPY scholarship in 2017, Chiva worked
very hard in high school to change in his family’s future
by investing in education rather than migrating illegally
like some of his friends in the same village.
Chiva’s family lives approximately 100 kilometers away
from Siem Reap city in Srei Snam, where information
about higher education and job opportunities is
extremely limited. He is working toward his bachelor’s
degree at the University of South-East Asia (USEA) in
Chiva is a very committed and dedicated person, and
enjoys his teaching very much. He works six days a
week from 8 to 5 pm, then attends college at night, but
he says, “I never feel tired when I’m teaching.” Chiva is
not only making positive changes in himself, he is also
changing other children’s lives through his teaching.
His life story will inspire many kids in his class and his
Meet Sina – Scholarship Student in 2016
Sina works for Angkor Hospital for Children as a Medical
Assistant. She enjoys her work very much because she is
part of the team that provides free health care to children,
especially those from rural communities.
Prior to her job at Angkor Hospital for Children, Sina was
awarded to join a three-week exchange program with
PEPY’s partner school in Ireland named Donabate Portrane
Educate Together National School (DPETNS). Her time in
Ireland was terrific.
Sina learned and shared so much about the Cambodian
and Irish culture, environment, education, and how people
live. Sina joined PEPY scholarship program in 2016 and is
now a junior at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia,
working toward her bachelor’s degree in International
Relations. Her dream now is to continue her education
abroad after graduation. Her course is delivered in English
Meet more Scholarship students!
https://youtu.be/hkuHedgIqK8 - Meet Sokhom
https://youtu.be/iofff_QSKQQ - Hear about why students applied for scholarships
and what their future plans are!
We need your support!
To continue making an impact on our students, their families, and their communities,
we need your help!
You can make a donation by visiting our website (pepyempoweringyouth.org) – each
dollar makes a huge difference in the lives of each of our students!
You can also share our website and social media with your friends and family.
Together, we can make a difference in the quality of lives of Cambodian youth and
“We were introduced to PEPY Empowering Youth in 2016, during a site visit with
GoPhilanthropic, a New York-based organization that recommended PEPY for being a qualified
NGO aligned with our goals. Although we have supported three other NGOs in Siem Reap,
each with slightly different orientation, PEPY is the only one focused on high-school age
students with a continuum of programs that pulls talented youth into vocational and
professional education, while also contributing to higher rates of persistence and graduation
from high schools in their target areas. This is a critical need in Cambodia, and is essential to
raise the standard of living particularly in rural areas.
The organizational strengths that will sustain PEPY and our continued engagement include its
local leadership, committed staff, low turnover, and discipline of ongoing process and
outcomes measurement. These are the types of business management qualities that have
PEPY’s volunteers and donors returning year after year, confident in the long-term stability
and growth of the organization. Now that PEPY is firmly established with a proven operating
model and a successful scholarship program, each year we see another group of students
enroll in post-secondary education, while prior classes graduate, enter the work force,
supporting their families and communities. Just in the last year, PEPY launched an alumni
association and initiatives to diversify fundraising, among other strategic development
projects. At the same time, PEPY has achieved “Good Professional Practice” designation by
CCC, recognizing their disciplined and transparent business and accounting practices.
We plan to stand with PEPY for years to come, and we look forward to witnessing a growing
family of alumni as each year now produces another 20-30 graduates that will make a
difference in their communities and country, in keeping with the PEPY vision. PEPY gives
donors like us the opportunity to sponsor additional youth education and health programs, in
addition to securing scholarship funds that keep their Learning Center operating at full
capacity and maximizing the use of their assets. This is a great organization with inspiring
students and teachers, and we feel very fortunate to have found them in 2016.”
-Robert and Robin Craig
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