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 8, 2015

Meet one of our farmers !

Meet One of Our Farmers !

Mr. T, age 46 , is one of our farmer leaders and lives in Tbleng Village, Prey Chhor commune , Kampong Trabek Dristrict , Prey Veng province. He is married and has 4 children, three of whom still live at home.

Mr. T owns 3.5 acres of land, 2.5 are used for rice production and the remaining is used as a homestead.   Mr. T joined our program in April 2014 and he has been trained and coached in technical innovation in organic agriculture by MOAD( our local partner, Mohaleap Organization for Agricultural Development ).

As a model farmer, he has received some incentives from the project such as fish fingerling, vegetable sed, breeding chickens, tree nursery canal rehabilitation and organic fertilizer. After his training , coaching and exchange visit, he has put many of these technical and ecological innovations to use as follows;

  1. raised 400 walking catfish
  2. created a tre nursery consisting of 350 seedling trees
  3. raised 15 chickens and 50 ducks
  4. made a movable chicken house to enable chicks to get Vitamin D from sunlight
  5. raised 3 cows and one sow( pig ) who is now pregnant
  6. makes master feed for animals from jack fruit and water convolvulus plants
  7. created a composting pile that is well prepared and compost is stored for use on home garden
  8. converted the use of dry paddy rice into germinated paddy rice for chicken feed
  9. using organic fertilizer on one acre of rice field , has harvested 1000 kg ( 2200 pounds) of fragrant rice. He was able to sell neighbors about 300 kg at a price of $0.60 per kg . The use of fragrant rice allows for a higher selling price vs regular rice $0.60 vs $0.36 per kg. The remaining 700 kg was processed into Ambok, a kind of mash that is to be sold at the local market.
  10. Is growing three kinds of vegetables as cash crop: winter melon, cucumber and sponge gourd.

Since participating with MOAD, Mr. T has successfully practiced vegetable and rice production and with the additional benefit that he has become a valued local resource: neighbors and one local organization have come to learn from him on his farm.

Mr. T's total income from Agriculture in the past year is $ 2,100:

  1. Chickens - $ 180
  2. Pig-$287
  3. Duck - $50
  4. Vegetable -$5
  5. Paddy rice- $1480

The use of technical innovation in ecological agriculture brought Mr. T more benefits than simple income. These methods also helped to conserve and restore the environment and enhanced his families health. Consequently , he is very committed to transforming his farm into an organic farm from 2015 onward.

This program is a great example of how we are able to teach farmers to help themselves. Others, seeing their success , learn and begin to utilize better farming practices with combined effects of increasing income and protecting the environment.

 Barbara & Mark Rosasco

Jul 7, 2015

A personalized approach at the FSP / Funding Update

Summer Arts Camp 2014
Summer Arts Camp 2014

July 15 is GlobalGiving’s Bonus Match Day . We will be sending out more information  in a few days in our next update.

Using a personalized approach to address challenges

Our photo was taken last year during the graduation day performance at our Champey Academy Summer Arts Camp. Although it depicts a happy scene of children demonstrating the skills which they learned in the camp, it nevertheless reminds us that our program at Champey must aim to provide much more than just cultural enrichment to the children whom we serve.

One of the young people shown in our photo is a young teenager from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program (FSP).  Both mother and student suffer from AIDS and have been supported by our FSP for more than 10 years.

Over the past two years the teenager’s mother has developed AIDS related dementia causing the mother to become increasingly neglectful of her child to the point that the teen no longer receives any parental guidance at home .  Our FSP team became concerned that this teen, for a variety of reasons was  vulnerable to potential exploitation and could  become another teenage victim of street life, drugs and prostitution.

Our teams at the FSP and at Champey worked hard to create an individual program to provide a safe and supervised structure for this young person and to provide ongoing adult guidance and at the same time we continue to actively monitor the mother and the situation in the ,home.

 We are grateful to our generous donors whose support allows us to continue to assist fragile families like these whose daily is impacted by AIDS and extreme poverty.

Thank you,

 

Barbara & Mark

Jul 6, 2015

Insights at Champey / Funding News

Summer Arts Camp 2014
Summer Arts Camp 2014

Funding news and Insights at Champey Academy

July 15 is GlobalGiving’s Bonus Match Day . More information in our next update !

 

Insights at Champey Academy: Using a personalized approach

Our photo was taken last year during the graduation day performance at our Champey Academy Summer Arts Camp. Although it depicts a happy scene of children demonstrating the skills which they learned in the camp, it nevertheless reminds us that our program at Champey must aim to provide much more than just cultural enrichment to the children whom we serve.

 One of the young people shown in our photo is a young teenager from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program (FSP).  Both mother and student suffer from AIDS and have been supported by our FSP for more than 10 years. Over the past two years the teenager’s mother has developed AIDS related dementia causing the mother to become increasingly neglectful of her child to the point that the child no longer receives any parental guidance at home .

We became concerned that this teen, for a variety of reasons was particularly vulnerable to potential exploitation and could easily become another teenage victim of street life, drugs and prostitution. Our teams at the FSP and Champey then worked hard to create an individual program to provide a safe and supervised structure for this young person and to provide ongoing adult guidance.

 Many of the students who attend classes at Champey would be considered “ at risk”. They suffer from AIDS, poverty, and a challenged family life at home. Champey offers a safe haven, providing education and activities for children and teens who might otherwise drift toward street life, drugs and prostitution in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.

We are grateful to our generous donors who make this program possible.

Thank you,

Barbara & Mark

 

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