Directly situated on the edge of the dump-site, 'La Paillote' welcomes all children and young people who work in this dreadful place.
Throughout the year, seven days out of seven, the children can take a shower, have a meal or healthcare, rest during the hottest hours of the day and get bottled drinking-water.
But 'Les Paillotes' (in fact there are three) are also highly organized places: nurseries for infants, kindergarten, part-time education support for children attending State schools who are only educated for half of the day, and taking care of children who have not been admitted into our programmes yet.
Mother and child protection
Medical examination of children under 2 years in families living around the dumpsite, highlighted a high percentage of anaemia and serious nutritional deficiencies which have consequences on the development of the child.
Often, mothers, too tired or unhealthy, cannot breast-feed and cannot afford to buy adequate substitute products. Then they feed their children on rice-water.
The Nutrition Centre was created to remedy these problems.
Three times a week, on the recommendation of our doctor in charge, mothers come to pick up powdered milk (one sachet per baby's bottle). These visits to the Nutrition Centre are also an opportunity to educate these mothers to hygiene, bottle-feeding and infant nutrition.
Family planning help, dietary supplements for pregnant mothers and for those who are breast-feeding, monitoring of pregnancies and breast-feeding are also part of the programme of our Mother and Child Protection.
Finally, this Centre is also a day centre for infants who need an intensive monitoring during a period.
As every child has the right to be healthy …
PSE guarantee medical monitoring for every child, regardless of the program in which he is integrated.
Pupils of the school catch-up Centre or the Vocational Training Centre can take advantage of our Infirmary where our medical team ensure up to 300 consultations a day (children, parents and staff).
Several schools (Stung Mean Chey, Phum Russey, Dom Bauk Kphaus), in which our children are schooled, also benefit from an infirmary by us and run by our doctors.
For the other schools, a mobile hospital goes from school to school to give treatment, not only for the children in the care of PSE, but all of those present.
Another mobile hospital circulates in the village to go straight to those who do not come as far as PSE.
Finally, in the last few months, a dispensary has been made in Phum Russey by a friend of PSE, designed for families of our children, which relieves our medical team more.