Annual Well Drilling Program
In addition to the education and practical work that we do with the farmers in our program, an important part of our project has been to identify and select recipients for water wells. Each year we drill approximately 30 wells at an approximate cost of $ 270 per well.
Cumulatively, over the past 16 years, we have drilled and installed nearly 500 water wells to ensure that 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. In the past, they had typically abandoned their farms during the dry season to seek work as construction laborers in Phnom Penh.
The locations and numbers of wells are carefully selected and will provide ready access to water for small vegetable and fruit farming efforts ( excluding rice farming) , family use, small livestock and small fish ponds for income generation.
This year, as before, we are seek sponsors for approximately 30 water wells. As approach Giving Tuesday, on December 1, it is our hope that you might be inspired to give the gift of ready access to water. Having on site access to water greatly improves the efficiency of our farmers and their ability to diversify their crop selections to increase family income. It also significantly improves sanitation and general quality of life as time previously spent walking and carring water can now be used for other tasks.
Our selected farmers share access to their wells with neighbors, so the impact on the community over the years has been also significant by enabling thousands of people to have access fresh water.
All of this is only possible with the generous support of our supporters.
Barbara & Mark Rosasco
For the past few years we have continued to post a micro project for the Jobs for Cambodian Youth. We are deeply grateful to all of you who have, in the past supported our past fundraising efforts.
We have continued this program because of the enormous impact it makes for the teens and young adults who participate.
Our employment opportunities revolve around our Champey Academy of Arts project. At any point in the year, our part time staff may range from 8 to 12 youth, and the roster fluctuates based upon needs at Champey and the needs of our student and young adult team. For example, our roster is higher during our Summer Arts Camp Program when our student participation surges.
In addition to the regular Champey Staff, at the present time we provide jobs to 7 university students and one high school student. Of the 7 university students, six of them are from our Kasumisou Scholars programs and include students from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program. We have one new staff employee who has just arrived in Phnom Penh from rural Prey Veng Province who is in the process of college application , hoping to get a scholarship . In the meantime, like our other students, she is working part time at our Champey Academy of Arts .Our high school student comes from our AIDS Patient Family Support program and helps with arriving guests and works to develop her English skills. Salaries for our student staff range from $ 80 to about $ 130 per month, depending upon financial need, and employment status.
Why is our jobs program so important?
In the US and many other developed countries, there are plentiful job opportunities for teens and young adults. However,this is often not the case in the developing world. Also in the developed world, there are opportunities for students of modest means to access student employment and other ways to help support themselves.
This is not the case in Cambodia where part time jobs typically may be in dangerous , unregulated construction trades, often payin just $ 3 per day or for students to work in local bars where they are often pressured into prostitution and other inappropriate activities.
Our Jobs or Cambodian Youth provides safe and suitable employment to teens and young adults who are members of our other programs such as our Champey Academy, some teens from our AIDS Patient Family Support program or for our college students in our Kasumisou Scholars programs. These college students are from extremely modest backgrounds and their families are completely unable to assist in their support. These jobs provide urgently needed funds to assist students with basic support of food and personal items while they attend college.
By supporting Jobs for Cambodian youth, you are also supporting the considerable efforts of a young adult or college student to move forward and break the cycle of inherited poverty .
Thank you for your generous support.
Jobs for Cambodian Youth
For the past few years we have continue to post a micro project for the Jobs for Cambodian Youth. We are deeply grateful to all of you who have, in the past supported our past fundraising efforts.
Our Jobs or Cambodian Youth provides safe and suitable employment to teens and young adults who are members of our other programs such as our Champey Academy or our college students in our Kasumisou Scholars programs. These college students are from extremely modest backgrounds and their families are completely unable to assist in their support. These jobs provide urgently needed funds to assist students with basic support of food and personal items while they attend college.