Funding news and Insights at Champey Academy
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Insights at Champey Academy: Using a personalized approach
Our photo was taken last year during the graduation day performance at our Champey Academy Summer Arts Camp. Although it depicts a happy scene of children demonstrating the skills which they learned in the camp, it nevertheless reminds us that our program at Champey must aim to provide much more than just cultural enrichment to the children whom we serve.
One of the young people shown in our photo is a young teenager from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program (FSP). Both mother and student suffer from AIDS and have been supported by our FSP for more than 10 years. Over the past two years the teenager’s mother has developed AIDS related dementia causing the mother to become increasingly neglectful of her child to the point that the child no longer receives any parental guidance at home .
We became concerned that this teen, for a variety of reasons was particularly vulnerable to potential exploitation and could easily become another teenage victim of street life, drugs and prostitution. Our teams at the FSP and Champey then worked hard to create an individual program to provide a safe and supervised structure for this young person and to provide ongoing adult guidance.
Many of the students who attend classes at Champey would be considered “ at risk”. They suffer from AIDS, poverty, and a challenged family life at home. Champey offers a safe haven, providing education and activities for children and teens who might otherwise drift toward street life, drugs and prostitution in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.
We are grateful to our generous donors who make this program possible.
Barbara & Mark
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When we speak about program progress, it is easy to overlook that key to the success of each of project is its ability to have sustained funding. Champey is no exception. Each month can be a balancing act between the needs of the program and the reality of funding.
Champey Academy continues a 15 year effort of Kasumisou Foundation to provide safe activities for at risk children while at the same time providing opportunities to build social skills through art, music and dance. The discipline that children build is on only part of the story. These children are also learning about their rich culteral heritage and building a pride of culture that can transform their lives. Other side benefits are the opportunity to make new friends and share experiences.
It is hard to dream without context, and Champey provides these aspiring artists, musicians and dancers an abundance of opportunity.
We are always grateful to you, our donors, for your continued support.
Barbara & Mark Rosasco
When we speak about program progress, it is easy to overlook that key to the success of each of project is its ability to have sustained funding. Jobs for Cambodian Youth not only provides jobs for young people in a safe and appropriate environment, but it also allows us to help our college " earn as they learn". In our culture, most of us have held part time jobs to help us during our college years. For our college students, these jobs not only " help", they provide the essential basic living income that allows these students to buy food and small personal supplies while they are attending classes. For most of our college students, they are the " firsts" in their family: first to read, first to finish high school, first in college. The families have no funds to support the students.
For our other young people, our jobs provide teaching and administrative jobs that help to build business skills, team skills and improve their English language skills.
None of this could be possible without the generous support of our donors and we are deeply grateful to you all for your great kindness.