PARIS — Groupe Clarins bestowed its 17th Femme Dynamisante award upon Tina Kieffer, president and founder of Toutes à l’école, an organization dedicated to schooling impoverished Cambodian girls, on Monday night here.
The prize is granted annually to a woman who has made a positive difference in the lives of children.
Years ago, during a trip to Cambodia, the former French Marie Claire editor in chief noted an abundance of girls living on the streets who were often forced into prostitution. Passionate about building positive futures for children, especially girls, she consequently founded the Happy Chandara School, which serves hundreds of the poorest girls from the Phnom Penh region.
Kieffer was awarded 62,000 euros, or $78,498 at current exchange. Also, the 16 former winners of the prize were each granted 31,000 euros, or $39,266.
For the awards, Clarins employees raised 200,000 euros, or $253,200; e-tailer Vente-Privee gave 50,000 euros, or $63,000, and Clarins Holding provided the remainder.
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Since its founding, the Femme Dynamisante prize has been given to 75 women in 14 countries.