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.


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.