September 2018
Pistorio Foundation Newsletter
  • Over 513 Students have attained a Professional School Degree 
  • Over 45 Infrastructure Projects have been completed 
  • Over 32 Village Communities have benefitted
    For every 1$ donation, 1$ is devolved to projects benefitting children in need
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Dear Friends,
In this issue, we are happy to share with you the following news:
  • from the Milan Headquarters, we have built capacity and set up a new office in Sovico (MB);
  • from our beneficiaries, we visited our mission in Cambodia and collected direct testimonials from our beneficiaries. 
News Office at Coworking COWO®Sovico
New office: presentation on the 28th of September 2018

The Pistorio Foundation team has established its main office 
at Coworking COWO ® (Sovico 
Brianza) in Via Giovanni da Sovico 96, 20845 Sovico (MB).
On the 28th of September 2018, at 6.30 PM, we will celebrate the opening of the office and have a presentation of the Foundation led by Lucia Coletti.
It is an open event, for any further information and to confirm your participation, please send an email to

News from the Milan Headquarters
We are happy to welcome Chun Ky to the Pistorio Foundation team as of this summer.
Originally from Lhasa, Tibet, upon completing her studies in 1992, Chun Ky began working in Hotel Management in Tibet and subsequently moved first to Shenzhen, China, and then to Singapore in 1997, joining the Human Resources department of STMicroelectronics. She has been living in Italy since 1999, where she has worked in the Corporate Communications Office at STMicroelectronics in Agrate, Milano until 2014.
Over the years, she has built a wide experience in various roles spanning work with website editing, media and online media publishing, advertising, internal communications, planning, and administration. Fluent in Italian, English, Chinese, and Tibetan, Chun Ky's extensive past experience in administration and communications will represent a valuable asset for the Foundation moving forwards.

Cambodia Mission
Donation to the library of Pour un Sourire d'Enfant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Pistorio Foundation has recently contributed 532 books, as well as 25 tablets and two computers, to the School Library of the Center of Pour Un Sourire D'Enfant (PSE), the Foundation's partner in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The library is fundamental for the strengthening of students' learning skills and research opportunities, both through the use of textbooks as well as of computer and online educational resources. All beneficiaries are encouraged to spend weekly hours in the library which is open to students every school day from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon. The objective is also to enforce reading habits of students and increase access to books. Students can borrow books from the library, that are available both in English as well as French and Khmer. The library is also used for student readings and presentations.
Last summer, two Foundation volunteers, Luciano and Eleonora Contini, visited our partner PSE, the Library and other facilities, met with PSE staff and beneficiaries, and worked as English teacher aids, creating lesson plans and providing English lessons to PSE students.

Images of students at PSE Library

Foundation Volunteers Eleonora and Luciano Contini with PSE English Department Staff

From our Beneficiares
Vibol Seyha's story

Vibol comes from a village in Phnom Penh and needed scholarship support to go to school due to the extreme poverty of his family of origin. The father was the sole breadwinner as the mother was paralysed from an accident which forced the family to incur substantial debt to pay for her ongoing monthly medications (between 30 and 40 USD/month). Vibol recalls that growing up, before joining the scholarship program, there was insufficient food for the family of seven siblings. Vibol studied t the PSE catch up School, doing two years in one, and completed Grade one to Vocational School in 7 years. He is now employed as a chef in a Hotel and is already able to earn almost twice the income of his father who makes only 150 USD/month as a motor taxi driver. Vibol's dream is to open his own restaurant of European and Khmer cuisine.
Vibol Seyha, Graduate from Hotel Management Professional Training School of PSE

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