Kasumisou Foundation

To assist the poorest of the poor by providing essential living support to families and children impacted by extreme poverty and/or HIV-AIDS in Cambodia.
Jul 29, 2013

Summer Arts Camp-Summer 2013

We are pleased to announce  that our  Champey Arts Association will host its first Summer Arts Program  hosting approximately 20-25 children from the Phnom Penh Municipal Orphanage and another 6 children from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program ( FSP).  This  smaller camp population reflects our  smaller facility space to hold the camp sessions. None the less, these children will enjoy  8 weeks of  half day  classes offered Monday ~ Friday beginning in early August  through the end of  September, the annual summer school break. They will enjoy  learning how to perform  traditional Cambodian dances and learning about the music which is a key part of the dance.  Student teachers will provide both instruction and peer support to their campers.  

The camp session will end with a field trip for all of the campers and a graduation party to celebrate their accomplishments.

We are grateful for your continued support of our efforts to create a sense of pride of culture in these students by exposing them to Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage. 

 Barbara & Mark

Jun 28, 2013

Update on the AIDS Patient Family support Program

Inside the FSP: Transitioning to independent living

Mark left for Cambodia on June 23 , where he will spend 10 days  reviewing our programs, including the AIDS Patient Family Support Program  ( FSP) , which helps  indigent families impacted by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.

From the beginning of our FSP in 2000, the FSP has had a long term approach to keep families together , to prevent trafficking and to keep kids in school . One of the biggest challenges for the FSP is to offer the assistance needed to sustain families while encouraging self sufficiency.    Over the past 3months, we have continued our exhaustive and  careful  review of each family’s current status and  stability as well as their  potential for possible  financial  independence . During that time we identified 8 families who over the past 6 to 12 months are  gradually being phased out of our care, leaving us with a core of about 65 families remaining in the FSP at the present time.  We are please to say that most of those families have now begun their transition towards more independent living.  Much of this is possible because of our long focus on education as an economic enabler for children. The children of our target families  in this transition are now launched into a stable , lower middle class life which means that they are now in a position to provide family support for their mothers.

Periodic  assessments such as these are an essential and  vital  part of the FSP.  They free up scarce resources  and it  honors our commitment to our donors that we will be certain that funds are used, to the best of our abilities.

Mark reviews the status of each family every quarter.  Structure and discipline are applied with  large amounts of understanding, accommodation and compassion.

We are grateful for your support and  it is our honor to  have our efforts supported by you.  We are so pleased with the continuing progress of our families .

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

May 28, 2013

Building dreams....what's new

Building dreams:   The challenge of trying to make dreams come true.

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We have not given up on our goal to  help rural Cambodian students fulfill their dreams of attending college, although over the past  6 months we have only raised $ 160  in total for this project.

None the less, we have taken the plunge to help these students . Had we not done so, more than likely our four students would have drifted to meaningless work  for rock bottom wages  and lost their opportunity to realize their dreams of attending college and building a successful  middle class life.

Here is a brief update on our students:

All four of  these  students came from our Rural Assistance Program in Bapnom Province, Prey Veng, Cambodia and all four were active members of the student dance program sponsored by  Kasumisou Foundation at Babnom  High School. The student dance program  provided instruction in traditional Cambodian dance free of charge  to any student  who wanted to participate.

Additionally, these four students  participated in Kasumisou Foundation’s “ Green Champions Project ” a student- led program to reforest local areas. Students created nurseries for tree seedlings, transplanted the seedlings along a long  treeless dusty road ( about a mile long) commonly used as a main  pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare. Our students  tended the  young trees, watering them and  protecting them from destruction by  foraging live stock.  The Green Champions project   objective is  to provide trees for  shade by  reintroducing  pioneer native  tree species . These trees will also  create improved biomass to help to enrich depleted soil and  will encourage birds and other animals to re-establish a presence . These factors will combine  and lead to the long term  improvement  of  an area that had been subjected to decades of land degradation and mismanagement.

As a result of their academic achievement and their participation in these two rigorous programs , our  four students had been selected as those most likely to succeed by the teacher overseeing these programs at Bapnom High School.   These four students not only graduated from high school, but showed their skill, talent ,  self-discipline and leadership  through their continuing  participation in these two programs.

 

Born Laiy ~  Female, Age 19

  • ·         Royal Scientific Institute of Health- School of Nursing
  • ·         Paid $850 for one year’s tuition and books
  • ·         Shares housing near the school

 

Nhes Sor Sdoeurn ~ Female – age 19

  • ·         Vanda Institue of Accounting
  • ·         Paid $ 450 for tuition, books,supplies
  • ·         Shares housing with several  classmates.  Helps with accounting,  dance instruction to younger   students  and  marketing at the  Champey Academy of Arts, a Kasumisou Foundation project.
  • ·         Receives $ 70  per month to cover food, share of rent, personal expenses

Chhoun Lean You  ~ Male – age 22

  • ·         Norton University-English & Communications
  • ·         Paid $ 450 for tuition, books, supplies
  • ·         Lodging is sharing a  storeroom at Champey Academy of Arts   with fellow student Hun Serey in exchange  for helping out with tasks at school including class instruction  and marketing.
  • ·         Receives $ 70 per month to cover food, personal expenses

Hun Serey ~ Male – age 19

  •           Norton University – Business Management       
  •           Paid $450 for tuition, books, supplies
  • ·         Lodging is shared storeroom at Champei  Academy of Arts with fellow student You  in exchange  for helping out with tasks at school including class instruction  and marketing.
  • ·         Receives $ 70 per month to cover food, personal expenses

 

If any of these four  students wish to return home to visit their families, the flat bed  trucks that serve as shared “ taxi” will take 4  to  6 hours each way and cost $ 14 round trip.  The students ride bicycles to school and they are responsible for all of their personal expenses including clothing.

 We hope that once you have a chance to learn more about our students, that you too, will want to become a part of their amazing success story. 

Thank you for your generous support of our efforts to help these students!

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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