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November 2014 – Update on Kasumisou Scholars
Mark returned from Cambodia last week with bittersweet news.
The current census for the Kasumisou Scholars was at eleven students. All have come either from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program (FSP) or our RAP (Rural Assistance Program in Prey Veng province) . Currently three of our ’scholars’ come from the FSP and the remaining eight come from the RAP.
This summer, two of our students, each more than 10 years under the care and guidance of our AIDS Patient Family Support Program were ready to graduate from High School and they sat for the national high school exam in August.
One student. Ravin, age 18, passed her exam on the first try and she will enter our Build Dreams! Kasumisou Scholars program that helps Cambodian students to attend college and get vitally needed employment from our Jobs for Cambodian Youth project. 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.
Vichet, age 20, did not pass the exam on his first try, but we are not giving up ! We have encountered this before . 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 and was orphaned ( by AIDS) and lives with his Grandmother and an orphaned 11 year old niece.We are so proud of the great progress he has made in the face of such personal challenges and we are confident that he will achieve his goal and reach his dream of entering college next year.
All cambodian high school students must pass that national examination in order to be eligible for admission to most colleges in Cambodia. So our congratulations go out to Ravin, our 12th student in the Kasumisoub Scholars program, and the 4th from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program.
All of this is possible because of the generous support of our donors and supporters. Thank you on behalf of our students for making " impossible" dreams come true!
Barbara & Mark Rosasco
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What's new at the FSP? Two FSP students step toward future opportunity!
Since its beginning in 2000, Kasumisou Foundation has provided educational assistance for the children in the Help Destitute Moms with AIDS Care for their Kids and ( a part of our AIDS Patient Family Support Program).In a nation where educational access is uneven at best, few children finish high school. One of our most important goals for all of our programs, has been to keep kids in school, to help them to break the cycle of inherited poverty.
Education is a long slow road. Progress may be uneven and sometimes the progress is so slow as to be nearly invisible. But sometimes , something wonderful happens. We have two kids who have just completed high school and wait, now as I write this report, for their national High School examination results, the last hurdle to cross in order to qualify to enter college! Both of these kids have been with our AIDS Patient Family Support program for 10 years or more. And both are now taking a step away from inherited poverty and a big step toward future opportunity.
Inflation continues to creep up in Phnom Penh, with increases in rents and food costs. We have had to increase food allowances significantly, with increases ranging from 10% to 25% depending upon the household and the need. As children grow up, so do their appetites , this combines with inflation and makes our food budget a moving target for us.
We are just starting the new school year with more thn 30 students. We are proud to say that 17 of our kids are high school students.
None of this would not be possible without your patient and loyal support. Without you, our many generous supporters, now scattered far and wide over the years, none of these kids would have had a home, enough to eat, access to medical and the opportunity to attend school and build a real future.
Our sincere thanks to you all for joining us in this effort. We hope that you feel as proud of the accomplishments of our kids as do we and that you will continue to join with us to help the kids in our AIDS Patient Family Support Program step forward into a brighter future.
Barbara and Mark Rosasco
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Mark arrived home in late September from Cambodia, so it’s a great time to provide an update on Champey.
The summer weeks were filled with the activities of the Summer Arts Camp program which hosted about 100 children for a 6 week program of music, art, dance and fun which combined with our usual roster of students. ( see more photos below)
This year we shortened the program from 8 weeks to six week as a way to conserve funds. Despite this change, it was an exciting time filled with growth as the regular dance students and campers focused on a new project: producing a new and somewhat version of an original work that we commissioned in 2000 “ Our Friends in the Forest”. This story has been performed many times in past years by our students in our former Apsara Arts Program, the historic platform from which Champey has evolved.
Students and campers drew and painted entirely new canvas backdrops for staging the new performance ahile dance roles were modified to be able to include our campers, some of whom are experiencing traditional Cambodian dance for the first time, as you can see these in the photos attached to this report.
“Our Friends in the Forest” is presented in a traditional format called "Mohori Theater.” All of the characters in our story are animals and every version of “Our Friends in the Forest” seeks to convey some sort of socially significant theme. This year’s version focused on the wide impact of corruption in society.
This years Camp project remains underfunded , with the deficit temporarily ( we hope) made up from general purpose funds. It is our hope that we can complete the remaining funding as it is the only way that we can continue to offer this wonderful program to these children. When you break down the costs, we have been able to provide 100 children a program 6 weeks long that provides fun and education for the astonishingly low cost of just $ 46.70 per child for all 6 weeks and which equals just $ 1.31 per day! Or put differently , one 'latte' can send 3 kids to camp for a day !
We are deeply grateful for the support that has come from our donors and hope that you will tell your friends about our projects.
Thank you again for helping to make a wonderful summer experience for our 100 Campers and regular students. Some photos are included, and more to follow soon!