by Allegra Mangione, GoPhil Development & Marketing Coordinator
PEPY Empowering Youth is an NGO located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, dedicated to connecting Cambodian youth to the skills, opportunities, and inspirations needed to reach their potential. PEPY scholars come from rural communities where they may not have the opportunity to pursue higher education and skilled jobs.
In a normal year, PEPY offers its scholars goal-setting courses, mentoring, scholarships, English classes, and soft skill classes. This year, PEPY has shifted efforts to support students’ families in addition to scholars, to address COVID-19’s economic fallout and combat the many barriers it has presented to ensuring youth access their dreams.
The following narrative is an update from PEPY on how they have shifted their focus during the pandemic, their present challenges, and their hopes for the future.