Smiles Around the World - Vocational Training that Changes Lives

Project Stories Aug 16, 2017


Debra was on the streets for 2.5 years before Wiggly Worm gave her an opportunity as an apprentice.

Wiggly Worm is a charity that uses food to create opportunities for life.

Debra is now the full-time chef, and a hundred times better than she was before she hit rock bottom.

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Meet Oan - Sala Bai

Oan receives occupational training and works at Sala Bai Hotel and Restaurant School.

Sala Bai provides hospitality training to Cambodians in financial difficulty, in order to prevent poverty and human trafficking.

Through these opportunities, Oan is able to converse in English, and generate sustainable income to support his family and community.

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Meet Samnang and Kakada - Phare PonLeu Selpak

Samnang's Story

Samnang joined Phare Circus at the age of 14 and has been training to be a performer ever since.

He used to be a rice farmer, but now at the age of 29, Samnang is a renowned circus performer who travels around the world to perform. He has been to France, Australia, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Switzerland, Singapore and many other countries.

Phare Circus is part of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a school in Cambodia that helps youth like Samnang to achieve their dreams. They provide a nurturing and creative environment where young people can access for free quality arts training, education and social support, serving as a vital creative resource for the community.

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Kakada's Story

Kakada used to be a performer at Phare, the Cambodian Circus.

He now works with the office operations team, controlling & managing all the activities in the Big Top.

Phare provides free performing arts training and education opportunities for disadvantaged children in Cambodia. This equips them with the skills to pursue a sustainable career as a performer, and even in management and operational roles.

When Kakada came to Phare, he was thankful for the opportunity to select what he wanted to learn & gain experience in.

As a performer, they work together as a team. Sometimes they have fights and disagreements, but they still love each other.

They live together and work together once Phare takes them in. Everybody becomes brothers and sisters. This closeness makes them happy.

Masami Sato

Masami is the founder and CEO of B1G1 and is the guiding light behind almost every project in B1G1! She is one of the most humble and inspiring people you’ll ever meet.

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