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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!
Barbara & Mark Rosasco
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