Less than a third of school children worldwide are girls. Given this knowledge, ex Managing Director of French Marie Claire, Tina Kieffer founded a charity called Toutes À L’Ecole.
After adopting a little girl in Cambodia, she was struck by how the lack of available education affected women in the country, making them dependent, powerless and vulnerable. She decided to open a pilot school called Happy Chandara, located in Phnom Penh - her mission was to offer high-level education to girls from the poorest backgrounds in order to bring them freedom and dignity.
Opened in 2006 with 92 young students, the school now provides education to over 1,000 girls. Happy Chandara accompanies students until they can begin university or when they obtain their first job. The school has a Library, Medical Centre and a Family Planning Centre. Most recently, a new boarding school has opened, which welcomed 140 young girls.
The La Flamme Marie Claire operation will finance the education of 1,200 students.