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.
Oct 12, 2015

Meet Our College Students

Meet Our College Students

The Fall semester is about to begin and it is an ideal time to introduce/reintroduce all of the students in our Kasumisou Scholars program.

Each one of the 11 students in college program is a young adult who has participated in at least one of our programs and who, against remarkable odds, has successfully completed high school. In a country where only an estimated 40% of all students finish high school,  all of these 11 students have  overcome significant challenges and obstacles to achieve their dream of starting  a college education. Several of these students are “ firsts” in their family. He or she   is the first  person in the family  to attend school and to know how to read. For others, the student may be the  first to graduate from grade school or middle school or  high school, and now, for all of our scholars, become the  first to attend college.

The personal stories our students and their achievements inspire us to continue to help other disadvantaged children and students, such as those in our AIDS Patient Family Support Program and our Rural Assistance Program,  to move forward. These personal stories of triumph  by social and economic  peers, enable students in fragile families, who are disadvantaged by parental illiteracy, extreme poverty, or HIV status, to believe in themselves so that they can work toward a brighter future.

Although tuition and living costs for each one  our college students are very modest by American standards, it is important to keep in mind that unlike the USA, there are no student loan or aid packages in Cambodia, and these students don not receive family support. Their own families are making ends meet week to week. And, collectively, it takes significant funding to support  our 11 young adult students.

Your generous support is what enables these students to pursue their dreams and we are so very grateful to you for your past and continued support.

 

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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Oct 12, 2015

Inside Champey Academy of Arts

The Champey Academy of Arts  is our arts school for disadvantaged children in central Phnom Penh. After sponsoring the Apsara Arts Association (AAA) for nearly 14 years, we decided in the autumn of 2012 to redirect our resources toward establishment of a new school in the center of the city. Our mission at the CAA, as with the AAA, is to introduce some of Phnom Penh's most disadvantaged children to the wonders of their nation's rich arts culture while helping them to experience the pride, self confidence and poise which come from mastering difficult skills.

Despite the fun “ clubhouse” atmosphere at Champey, students are serious about learning and many attend classes daily , 6 days per week.

Your support is what  makes it possible for us to teach these students about Cambodia's rich cultural heritage.

We invite you to click on the links below to explore some of our galleries showing different CAA events and classes.

Thank you for your generous support.

 

Barbara & Mark

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Oct 9, 2015

The history and develoment of RAP

 

A sustained effort....how our Rural Assistance Program has grown over the years.

Late in 1998 we formed a partnership with the then newly established Cambodian NGO, CEDAC, with the aim of improving the lives of peasant farmers and restoring the ecological balance in a targeted area of the countryside through extensive planting of trees. Investigation of the wide variety of problems and challenges facing the farmers in our target area led us, step by step, to broaden our program to include four key initiatives.

  • Chemical Free Farming

 

In a place where most adults are illiterate, the dangers posed by the potential misuse of chemical pesticides and fertilizers present a unique set of problems. Our program teaches farmers to employ organic farming techniques to increase crop yields, reduce costs and rid their environment of the harmful residues from excessive use of agricultural chemicals. 

 

 

  • Provide seeds, seedlings and small farm animals to small farmers to get them started

 

We supply some of our farmers with locally appropriate vegetable seeds, fruit tree seedlings, small livestock (typically ducklings or a piglet) or fish fingerlings to stock their hand dug ponds. We do this to help them diversify their farming output from what had previously been, for most of them, a reliance on just a one annual crop of rainy season rice. This component of our program is particularily important for the many farmers whose rice fields are too small to produce enough to feed their families.

 

 

  • Drilling water wells to provide reliable sources of drinking water and water for small gardening plots

 

Over the past 16 years we have drilled and installed approximately  500 water wells to ensure our farmers and their families access to a reliable supply of clean, safe water, especially during the long annual dry season. Those wells allow our farmers to continue working productively on their land even during the dry season whereas in the past, driven by a lack of water, they had typically abandoned their farms during the dry season to seek work in the cities.

  • AIDS Patient Support

 

Our program encourages AIDS afflicted farmers to meet in mutual support groups and provide AIDS patient support providing money for  AIDS afflicted farmers for transportation ( about 45 minutes drive)  for farmers to visit medical resources.

  • Establish tree nursuries to encourage reforestation to restore soil fertility

 

We supply materials, seeds and instruction to help some of our best farmers establish small tree seedling nurseries. Those farmers then share the seedlings with their neighbors and everyone is strongly encouraged to plant trees around their houses and along their paddy dikes.

Our generous donors have helped us to transform lives and rebuild communities to a degree that we never imagined when our program first started.

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