This project is YouthSpark eligible program for 100% donor match (up to $ 500) on December 2, Giving Tuesday!
Mark returned from Cambodia last week with bittersweet news.
This summer, two of our students, who had each spent more than 10 years under the care and guidance of our AIDS Patient Family Support Program, were ready to graduate from High School. In a country where only about 40% of children graduate from high school, these two students sat for the national high school exam in August.
One student. Ravin, age 18, passed her exam on the first try. Ravin will enter our Build Dreams! Kasumisou Scholars program that helps Cambodian students to attend college. Ravin has been under our care since age 4 and she has dreamed of studying Chemistry and Food Science at University. Now, her dream is coming true, thanks to you, our donors! Ravin will enter Phnom Penh’s Royal University to study Agriculture and Rural Development , while maintaining her interest in Chemistry and Food Science.
Our other student, Vichet, age 20, did not pass the exam on his first try, but we are not giving up! Vichet will repeat his 12th grade year with tutoring and re-take the exam next year. Vichet has been under our care since 2002 and he comes from a resettlement area. Vichet was orphaned as a toddler ( by AIDS) and he lives with his Grandmother and an 11 year old niece, also an orphan. We are so proud of the great progress Vichet has made in the face of such large personal challenges and we are confident that he will achieve his goal and reach his dream of entering college next year.
The generous support of our donors have gives students like these an opportunity to have an education and by doing so, break the cycle of inherited poverty.
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Update at Champey:
On October 12, 2014, Champey dancers were honored to perform as part of Peace Boat's Cambodia- Japan Peace & Friendship Festival.
After 105 days at sea, Peace Boat's 84th Global Voyage returned yesterday to the port of Yokohama, Japan. Peace Boat’s navigators and participants in the Peace Boat’s Special University Programme ( Autumn 2014) visited 24 ports including Sihanoukville, Cambodia near the end of the voyage.
While the ship was docked in Sihanoukville, a Cambodia - Japan Peace & Friendship Festival was organised by Peace Boat, the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC). Participants also enjoyed the rich culture of Cambodia while also learning about landmine issues as Peace Boat's ship visited the country for the first time in 16 years.
During the Peace Boat’s visit to Cambodia, and as a part of the festival, the Champey Academy of Arts danders were honored to be invited to perform, on Sunday, October 12, at the Japanese Cultural Center at the Royal University of Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. More than 20 of Champey’s dancers performed, demonstrating 3 traditional folk dances , including the “ Blessing Dance”, the “ Coconut Dance” and the "Fishing Dance" before an audience of approximately 200 Japanese students and teachers and an additional 100 Cambodian students.
This was a great opportunity for our Champey students to gain international exposure and to have a personal opportunity to meet and share Cambodian culture with Japanese students. Our hope is that this will be the first of many such opportunities.
Please note: The pictures attached depict the two of the dances, but these photos were not taken at the performance on October 12.
This is a YouthSpark eligible program for 100% donor match on December 2, Giving Tuesday!
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Jobs for Cambodian Youth , was started in 2013 as way to assist our growing roster of college students from “disadvantaged backgrounds”. The phrase “ disadvantaged backgrounds” is quite the understatement. Unlike the US, where the term “ disadvantaged” may mean lower income ( with US government subsidies for a range of services including rent, medical,student loans etc), in Cambodia, “ disadvantaged” means that the family has little or no money, that each dollar may mean the difference between eating and not eating that day. It means that parents in rural areas , while perhaps able to provide food from home grown gardens, have zero dollars to contribute to their childrens college expenses. Zero dollars means that kids hitch hike to the city and the only funds they will have for food and lodging will be those they can earn. Wages are low in city jobs: construction jobs can pay $ 3 to $ 5 per day for full time workers. Higher wage jobs like " bar boy or bar girl" are shortcuts to prostitution.
These challenges provided the motivation for the Jobs for Cambodian Youth. In our culture, it is common for students to have jobs to pay for incidentals and living expenses. Our Jobs for Cambodian youth is modeled on this ideal.
The project has continued to grow has and for the past year grown to provide a job track for 13 teens and young adults, age 24 and under. The backgrounds of our youthful workers have been diverse , ranging from graduate from our previous dance program, a new college graduate who was a member of one of our programs for more than 10 years, 5 college students from rural Prey Veng Province, one college student from our AIDS Patient Family Support program,
This program has evolved into an essential building block for our college students, who without the modest income and housing assistance it provides, would not be able to continue their studies. In addition to these practical benefits, it provides an essential “ real world” look at how organizations are build, staffing is managed and challenges are met. Additionally, we are providing real jobs for young adults where few opportunities with “ professional potential” exist.
Jobs include doing various administrative tasks and the majority of the maintenance work at Champey. They fill in as needed and some also serve as part time apprentice “ practice” dancers assisting our teachers , and are a critical part of our at the Summer Arts Camp and Champey’s growth into a year round program for dozens of local youth. These young people are eager and able to serve by augmenting staff resources, as well as being companion and roll model to the campers and students.
We are deeply grateful for your continued support, for the pay from these modest jobs are essential to the ability of our students and young adults to buy food and support themselves.