Phymean Noun
Phymean Noun, Cambodia

Phymean Noun has been nominated to become the WCP Decade Child Rights Hero 2020 for her over fourteen-year struggle for the children who scavenge garbage dumps in Cambodia, and their right to education.

Phymean Noun was commended by the World’s Children’s Prize 2015 and named Child Rights Hero of the year.

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.

RESULTS & VISION

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.

PHYMEAN CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS FULFILLING THE GLOBAL GOALS, INCLUDING:

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.

The children are older now! The texts are taken from when the Child Rights Hero was an award recipient. The children featured in the texts are therefore older today.

 
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