Volunteering is at the heart of our humanitarian organisation :

Volunteering is at the heart of our humanitarian organisation

The idea is simple: more than 400 volunteers and only 6 employees in France, to raise funds while limiting overheads.

Structure of PSE

Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE), is a Charity regulated by French Law of Associations (1901), it was created in April 1993, and all of its members are volunteers. It is managed by a Board of Directors with between 6 and 18 appointees elected for a term of three years at the Annual General Meeting by the members of the organization.

There are only four staff members in France who work at the PSE headquarters, located in Versailles.

A branch network has built up over the years. 400 passionate volunteers work in teams across 26 local branches, 18 of which are in France.

In 2000 the charity received the Award of Human Rights from the French Republic.

Board of directors

The Board of Directors sets the organization’s strategic direction and establishes budgets from proposals made by the Cambodian management team.

It approves PSE’s projects, with the associated financial investment and ensures there is appropriate governance of the projects.

The Board also has the role of reporting to donors and justifying the proper use of funds entrusted to the charity.

When funds are allocated to a specific programme (e.g. an endowment from a foundation), our partners receive regular progress reports.

The list of Board members

Executive Team

The Board of Directors appoints an executive team composed of:

  • A president,
  • One or more vice presidents,
  • A treasurer, and if necessary an assistant treasurer,
  • Secretary, if necessary.

The team, appointed for a year (renewable), oversees the daily management of the charity and reports to the directors at the three board meetings held each year.


PSE employs six permanent staff members in Versailles, whose main responsibilities are:

  • Secretarial duties (telephone, legal, administrative, written communication, emails)
  • Management of donations and sponsorships
  • Communication and social medias
  • Establishment and monitoring of partnership records (financial records and progress reports) and Annual Activity Report
  • Coordination of the branch network

Several volunteers also regularly contribute their expertise (secretariat, graphic design, legal, translation, and more)