Sebastien Marot


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Name: Sebastien Marot
Organization: Friends-International
Title: Executive Director
After studies at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris', a stint with the French Foreign Affairs and in marketing for L'Oreal, Sebastien Marot was drawn into working with marginalized children while traveling through Cambodia in 1994. He launched the award winning Mith Samlanh project in Phnom Penh to address the many issues faced by marginalized children and youth. From Phnom Penh, Sebastien developed the internationally acclaimed global social enterprise Friends-International, reaching out to provide protection, support and care to over 60,000 marginalized children and youth around the world each year, using a series of social business models. In recognition of his work, Sebastien has been awarded the Order of Australia for "service to humanity", the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, was voted Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 in Asia by the Schwab Foundation and Friends-International was recognized as one of the top 100 NGO's by The Global Journal in 2012 and 2013.FI works in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Thailand and with 38 partners around the world, providing comprehensive services to marginalized urban children, youth and their families. Since its inception, FI has supported the education, well-being, and sustainable reintegration of more than 300,000 marginalized children, youth, and their families.

Challenge Entries

Nov 10, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Employment, Income generation, Economic development, Recycling

To provide poor parents of marginalized kids with vocational skills-training to produce apparel using recycled material. Product sales provide fast income & a chance for employment (perhaps in the apparel industry) so parents can place kids back into public school (and keep them off the streets!).