Here at Heartsi, we know how powerful art can be, not only on an individual level, but also in changing whole communities.
Which is why we've partnered up with the incredible not-for-profit organisation Phare Ponleu Selpak to help provide a full day of visual arts training to a vulnerable child in Cambodia for every product sold.
Phare Ponleu Selpak Association (PPSA) is a non-profit Cambodian organization working with vulnerable children, young adults and their families through three interweaving fields of intervention: arts schools, social support, and educational programs. “Phare Ponleu Selpak”, which means “the brightness of the arts” in Khmer, was created in 1994 by nine young Cambodians who returned to their country after spending their childhoods in a refugee camp at the Thai border. These young people wanted to help to rebuild their country after many years of conflict, and so they created an organization in support of the children in their community. Many of these children had been living in difficult situations, with histories of trauma, poverty and abuse. Through classes in the visual and performing arts, along with social support, the organization helped children express their trauma and reintegrate into society
The organisation believes that all children, regardless of their background, deserve to have access to the healing powers of the arts. Their artistic training provides art therapy as well as professional skills that lead to lasting employment. These programs promote the arts as a cultural expression and as a viable career choice in a rapidly changing country.