KASK Helmets and Parlanti USA recently partnered with JustWorld International to support their efforts to educate children at the Stung Mean Chey School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, through JustWorld partner project People Improvement Organization (PIO).
Portions of KASK equestrian helmet and Parlanti boot purchases over the next year will help to fund teacher salaries and provide student uniforms and shoes to children in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Stung Mean Chey School. The total donation is expected to reach $30,000 over the next several months.
“We are still two relatively young companies in the U.S., but part of our mission has always been to give back at any level,” said Gianluca Caron, North American Brand Manager for both KASK and Parlanti USA. Caron led the two companies to establish North American headquarters in Wellington, FL over the past several years.
“JustWorld is a pillar of philanthropy in the equestrian industry, and we are very proud to join them in doing some good around the world,” added Caron. “It’s an honor that our customers have put us in a position to have the resources to affect positive change and progress among the children of the Stung Mean Chey School.”
PIO was established in 2002 and started schools at the former dump site grounds of Stung Mean Chey in the heart of the urban slum sector of Borey Keila. Public schools in Cambodia are inaccessible to the poorest families as students not only have to provide their uniforms and school materials, but also have to pay each teacher they receive lessons from.
Through the support of JustWorld, PIO provides a variety of programs for more than 800 children, including official school curricula from kindergarten through sixth grade, arts and drawing, physical activities, dance instruction, songs and life skills education, nutrition programs, medical and hygiene care, vocational training, as well as monthly rice allocations as an incentive to families for keeping their children in school. Thanks to JustWorld, some of the most vulnerable women and children in Cambodia have been given tangible hope for a promising future as the society recovers from a tragic past. Through the success of the program, students are now in university, proving that children can break the cycle of poverty.
With dedicated support from JustWorld partners like KASK and Parlanti, JustWorld has been able to provide short-term relief in the form of school supplies and nutritional meals, as well as a long-term impact on their education for nearly seven years.
Photo by Jump Media