Phymean Noun
Phymean Noun

Phymean Noun grew up during the genocide in Cambodia. Today, she fights for the rights of vulnerable children, especially their right to an education.

Phymean Noun received the World’s Children’s Prize 2015. She is currently nominated to become the WCP Decade Child Rights Hero 2021.

The challenge

In Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, many poor children live and work on rubbish tips and in slum areas. They don’t go to school, and instead risk their lives and health by collecting rubbish in order to survive. Many have been injured, and even killed, when they were run over by rubbish trucks or buried in the mountain of rubbish.

The work

Phymean and her organisation, People’s Improvement Organisation (PIO), make sure that vulnerable children, including children affected by HIV/Aids, get to go to school and have their basic needs met. Over a thousand children are given an education, food, clean water and health care. They are encouraged to dream and to develop their interests.


Since 2002, more than 5,000 vulnerable children have been given a better life through Phymean and PIO, who see education as a way out of poverty. Today the organisation runs three of its own schools and a children’s home, where orphaned and abandoned children can grow up in a safe environment.


Goal 1: No poverty. Goal 2: Zero hunger. Goal 3: Good health and well-being. Goal 4: Quality education. Goal 10: Reduced inequalities. Goal 11: Sustainable communities.

Learn more about Phymean in the Globe

Children are older today! These stories are from 2015, thus, the children are older today.

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