The PEPY Ride

Rating: 4.88 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 105 Schrade Rd Briarcliff Manor NY 10510 USA

Mission: To invest time and resources in young people in Cambodia, working with them to connect them to the skills, systems, and inspiration necessary to achieve their goals, raise standards of living, and improve the quality of education in their communities
Geographic areas served: Chanleas Dai Commune, Kralanh District, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Programs: Program: Partnering with Schools Budget: $44,762 Program Description: This program enhances the government curriculum that is administered in every Cambodian government School. Classes are available to junior high school students in Chanleas Dai commune. We also provide training and curriculum development assistance to primary school teachers at Cambodian government schools. Creative Learning Classes are designed to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to allow students to express their ideas creatively and collaboratively. Students use XO computers and open-source programming software to create educational games and conduct research on the internet. The Engineering Club is available to 7th and 8th graders. Over 30 students meet each week for an hour to work on a wide variety of projects in the field of engineering, including robotics, XO laptop repair, and the creation of structures out of various materials. The Newspaper club is available to 7th and 8th graders.Students meet 3 times a week and focus on developing skills including interviewing, structuring newspaper articles, and photography. Through these lessons, students improve writing techniques, build confidence in their abilities, and strengthen relationships with their community. Supplementary English Classes, available to junior high school students, give students a competitive advantage when pursuing their professional dreams for the future. Exam Preparation is provided during the spring semester in Math, Khmer, Chemistry, and Physics to 9th graders. We offer Dream Manager support to 9th graders by helping them identify their dreams and goals for the future and encouraging them to discuss and address any challenges that may need to be overcome. Traveling Teacher Support provides supplementary training to 14 primary school English teachers for the 2011-2012 school year to help them excel in the classroom. PEPY provides TTS to all schools in Chanleas Dai commune that have a 5th or 6th grade classroom, thereby helping these schools achieve the English curriculum component as required by the government. Program: Community Development Budget: $44,549 Program Description: The Community Development Program consist of both the Child-to-Child and the Young Leader project. Child to Child clubs encourage children aged 5-14 to identify issues they encounter on a regular basis, such as dengue fever or pollution, and then plan a course of action to work for change within their own neighborhoods. Currently there are 16 Child Clubs with a total of 261 participants, and 8 educators to facilitate these clubs. The Young Leader project, initiated in 2011, consists of voluntary action-based groups for young people age 15-25. Participants seek to identify, learn about, and solve tangible problems in their own communities, thus building life skills and self-confidence. The purpose behind the project is to provide a development model appropriate for young adults based on the success of PEPY's Child to Child initiative. The clubs follow a 40 week curriculum, covering topics such as financial management, reproductive health, presentation skills, domestic violence, time management, and emotional awareness. Currently there are 6 Youth Clubs with a total of 57 participants, and 5 educators to facilitate these clubs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My life path has been cross with PEPY family in the early 2008. We were connected through a green transportation; bicycle. After took a group of PEPY riders to my hometown, I learnt what PEPY was standing for; Protect the Earth Protect Yourself. It goes a long very well with my personal belief. Later on, I become more interested to learn more about the organization. Then, late 2009, I become a three months volunteer. I learned so much from the being there. I then become a staff in education program. End up working there for more than 2 years. I did not realize what I learned. I just knew that i know so many new things. Until I started my own startup in Phnom Penh in the late 2011, I realized the lessons I learn at PEPY every time I face the difficulty. I reminded me how the leadership at PEPY work and how I should approach my problem. I droped out after two years in college, two year later I work and volunteer and work at PEPY, I feel like it was my university for me. Thanks so much PEPY Family. If there was not you, I might be someone who join the force with some money lover guys and maybe had done so many bad thing for this country and the world. -Rithy Thul

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

My belief in PEPY and their work is reflected in my increasing involvement with the organization over the past five years. My first encounter with PEPY was a meeting with the then Founding Director and then Managing Director, in 2007. At that time, I was overseeing a similar non-profit, also based in Cambodia, working in education development. That first meeting turned into regular standing meetings, in which we exchanged lessons learned and talked through challenges and strategies to overcome them. PEPY's team were going through the same realization that we were going through at that time: handouts are not the solution, and more specifically, building schools does not lead to more educated children. Our like-minded thinking led to the next stages of my involvement with PEPY, which was as a trainer for their staff and a consultant for their education program. We worked toward increasing community involvement, training teachers and community members, and improving the program's sustainability. Since then, I have been fortunate to be a part of PEPY's strategic planning, and was both honored and thrilled to be invited to join PEPY's Board of Directors in early 2012. In many ways, my personal "story" with PEPY reflects and was motivated by some of the organization's core values: (1) a commitment to unending potential for improvement; (2) a focus on impact, not inputs; (3) collaboration, both within and beyond; and (4) work with, and not for. I encourage you to learn more about the unique values that define the PEPY culture and characterize its work here: http://pepyride.org/about-us/our-core-values

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came across PEPY in 2010 when I decided to embark on the PEPY ride - a cross Cambodia cycle trip. I expected to come home with a sore bottom and strange tan lines (which certainly happened!), but they had a far bigger impact. They fundamentally shifted my world view of the role of education, charity and volunteering. After the trip I remained involved with the organisation here in the UK. I struggled a little to decide if I should choose "donor" or "client served" on the site, as my experience with PEPY has given me so much. Suffice to say that their ethos of investing in people counts for everyone they interact with, and PEPY has certainly helped me learn how I can better help others.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

PEPY has done a great job, connecting people who care to people who appreciate the help. Professional and fun, purposeful and memorable, the staff do everything possible to make one's interests, efforts and passions count. Our whole family will stay engaged with them for years to come!

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past five years I have been a part the The PEPY Ride in nearly every capacity starting as a tour participant and today serving as a member of the board of directors. At every point in my journey with the organization I have been impressed with the work being done but more than that I have been impressed by the unyielding desire to constantly learn from their mistakes and do whatever necessary to make sure positive changes are realized.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The effects on the communities they work in, the staff which runs the organization, and the participants who join trips. Basically everyone who is directly or indirectly affiliated with the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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9 people found this review helpful

I learned about PEPY through fundraisers while I was teaching English in Japan. Every experience I had from the moment I first stepped foot in Cambodia through my most recent visit far surpassed my expectations. PEPY has evolved over the past few years, identified its mistakes and changed for the better. I am amazed by the impact of the trips and progress of the programs they have undertaken. I couldnt recommend the PEPY Ride more to anyone interested.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its impact on its volunteers, the students at its schools and their families, as well as their Cambodian staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it to Daniela Papi to run.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything that I have learned and everyone I have met. Being a part of overcoming challenges and seeing results even on a small scale.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

openminded and flexible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide clean water to people all over SE Asia, reform Cambodia's educational system.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

coping with its growth

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-11-01

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1 person found this review helpful

PEPY is a responsible tour company that offers tour participants the opportunity to work firsthand in development in Cambodia. Volunteers support long-term development projects and learn about development work by visiting NGOs that are doing the most socially responsible work in Cambodia. This is a great way for trip participants to learn more about the world of global aid while learning about Cambodia.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the rural areas that PEPY supports. The PEPY Ride School is one of the cleanest schools around with a great teaching staff and offers a quality education to kids.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

focus on the Bike-to-School Program as a priority (as PEPY is doing now).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the energy, enthusiasm, and idealism of the interns and employees. They've really got the can-do spirit!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

optimistic, idealistic, young, dynamic, and visionary

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its already successful programs to all of Cambodia and develop more projects that it is now planning such as establishing recycling in rural areas -- and it could hire full-time quality staff to capacity-build

Ways to make it better...

the intern duty reshuffling had been finished when I arrived so I knew exactly what my duties were.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, keeping a full-time staff, and overcoming the growing pangs of expanding so quickly

One thing I'd also say is that...

PEPY rocks!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have been working with PEPY for the past 2 years both virtually as a volunteer and for the last 10 months in the office here in Phnom Penh. I came on a trip in December 2005 and it changed my world! I am constantly impressed at the self-critical and thoughtful attitude that PEPY staff take with development programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Chanleas Dai commune. I saw this area both before and after PEPY. What a different place! Parents are invested in the education of their children, kids come to school, have dreams of becoming teachers instead of migrant workers to Thailand, filter their water, and keep their school clean. WOW!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

both the khmer and foreign staff, the learning experience

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best people i know in the world :)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save it for some time to invest in future projects once we have trained staff ready to implement them. The biggest challenge in Cambodia for development is not lack of funds. The biggest challenge is growing in a sustainable fashion and making sure projects are not only giving but instead creating lasting change. We could certainly spend 10 million dollars here, but we could not do it in accordance with our goals at the moment. We want to make sustainable change, which does NOT come with large and uncontrolled projects that grow too rapidly. That said, don't be hesitant to donate! We could still use more than we have! Keep that 10 million dollar check handy and send one for 100 or 1,000 in the meantime!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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