We’d like to thank Cynthia Rosenfeld for her write up of Phare in the FT:

“A new breed of experiences in and around Siem Reap, Cambodia – from haute cuisine and spa treatments to exclusive cultural programmes – allows luxury travellers to gear a seriously self-indulgent holiday to largely philanthropic ends. Cynthia Rosenfeld reports…”

“Jaensch recommends I set aside one night for Phare, The Cambodian Circus, a Khmer music, dance and acrobatics spectacle established by the Phare Ponleu Selpak (“brightness of the arts”) association. I later learn from its co-director, Huot Dara, that PPS schools 1,400 pupils (many of whom are victims of human trafficking) free of charge, and more than 600 families get direct benefits from its social services. The association began almost 20 years ago in Battambang – 170km by road from Siem Reap, where an annual show for hospital patients is among its performances – and was set up by eight Cambodian artists who grew up together in a Thai refugee camp. Siem Reap is home to PPS’s second permanent outpost, which opened in February.”

You can read the full piece here: http://howtospendit.ft.com/philanthropy/39243-kind-hearts-cambodians. Thanks for the mention!