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
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
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
Nhes Sor Sdoeurn ~ Female – age 19
Chhoun Lean You ~ Male – age 22
Hun Serey ~ Male – age 19
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!