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.
Dec 30, 2015

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You are receiving this report because you have, in the past, supported our efforts to help educate Cambodian kids impacted by AIDS.

Since 2000 Kasumisou Foundation has actively supported the education of children who are cruelly impacted by the twin burdens of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in their family. Children in our AIDS Patient Family Support school are strongly supported and encouraged in their efforts to stay in school as a means to break the chain of inherited poverty.

For example, October is the month when children return to school. Public schools require that all students wear a standard uniform and have a stack of standardized notebooks for their classes. Our program purchased 2 uniforms for each of our current roster of 35 students, as well as purchasing a new bookbag and other supplies for each of our students. As the year progreses, we make certain that our kids can attend school fully equipped. This is important because not only are  students who are improperly supplied or dressed  are often  subjected to ridicule from other students as well as  possible discipline from the teacher. This atmosphere can be damaging to self esteem and overall performance for our students.  

Our efforts over the years,  have included paying for school fees and uniforms, providing supplies, paying for tutoring, and awarding bicycles to students who are at the top of their class . Now, after 15 years, we have students who have graduated from middle school, high school and 2 college graduates  in a country that has  an average education level of 6th grade.

The purpose of this project  report is to help you understand how our project works and also to remind you that this project is signed up as a  a part of a special  fundraising event held by GlobalGiving that offers  some special  bonus awards for contributions made in December. There are three possible ways to " win"  for our project:

1) Each new sign up for a recurring donation that is begun  during the month of December and still in effect for a period of 4 months or more will receive a one month matching donation.

2) Projects which raise $3,000 or more from 30 unique donors can qualify for a cash  bonus award.

 

3) Please join us for the best bonus award ever- the sure knowledge that your contribution and sustained support can propel these kids forward to a new middle class life, breaking the cycle of inherited poverty.

 

Now as we end 2015, we would like to thank all of you, our generous donors, for your great kindness and support and for sharing the belief that our kids have the ability to succeed.

Thank you,

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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Dec 1, 2015

What new at Champey Academy & Monthly Recurring Match in December

Mark is just back from his quarterly trip Cambodia . During each trip, Mark meets with all of the staff and leaders and reviews each project thoroughly for progress , participation and to explore areas of future innovation and improvement.

Key to our continued success with this program is reliable funding. GlobalGiving will offer a first month match on recurring donations made during the month of December . Not only do recurring donations help us to have stable funding, the bonus match on the first month's contribution will add to our year end fundraising goals.

Champey Academy continues to fulfill its roll as a “ go to “ place for young people in its neighborhood in Phnom Penh. Daily dance classes, in traditional Cambodian dance,  are quite full most days, averaging 60 or more participants . The school is becoming better known as a tourist destination, which gives students a receptive audience for their practice sessions.

Music and art  classes are full to over flowing.  Eager music students typically  outnumber the traditional Cambodian instruments that they seek to learn, so teaching is not as efficient as one might hope as students must take turns on the instruments. The Roneat Ek, which is a xylophone like instrument is the most popular among all the students. Champey owns one and our music teacher frequently brings one to class. If possible, we would like to purchase another Roneat Ek in 2016, funds permitting.

There are 5 kinds of musical instruments being used in the class:

  1. Roneat Ek which is a xylophone like instrument of which there are three general types
  2. Roheat Thoong ( one of the three types)
  3. Kong Thom which is a bell type instruments of various tones arranged in a circle on a stand
  4. Skor thom or Big Drum
  5. Skor Samphor - another type of drum that is similar to the big drum

At times we may also have loans of stringed instruments for use by the students.

This introduction and access to traditional Cambodian music is just one of several things that we introduced in 2014 and which has been a great success amount the students.

All of this is possibly only through the generous support of our donors for which we are deeply grateful.

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

Dec 1, 2015

Education is a key part of our long term strategy

 

As we have often said, a  large part of the success of each of   project is its ability to have sustained funding. 

You are receiving this project update because you  may have, in the past, been a supporter of out program to help indigent mothers impacted by HIV/AIDs to support their chidlren,  and we hope that you will again consider supporting this effort as we move toward Giving Tuesday, on December 1.

During the month of December, recurring donations, which can be as small as just        $10.00 per month, can receive a one month match from Global Giving.  Donations may be made directly to the FSP program here or to our Educate Cambodian Kids Impacted by AIDS micro project , also posted on GlobalGiving.

Since 2000, our AIDS Patient Family Support Program has  continued a 15 year effort  to protect fragile children impacted by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. Beyond the social support that we provide for our current roster of 37 families and approximately 70 children, we  provide  access to education for the children in the FSP. Social support includes helping with tasks of daily living, such as connecting family with resources, making  and attending doctors appointments and a large variety of other ways to help these families more safe and secure.  Key to our long term strategy to lift the children out of poverty is our focus on education.

We are proud to say that our strategy works !  In Cambodia where it is estimated that only 40% of Cambodian students graduate from high school and the average educational grade proficiency is 6th grade, we  take great pride that our  FSP program has children graduating from high school in spite of the giant challenges of extreme poverty and families impacted by HIV/AIDs. We even have a few who have made it to college.

The children all returned to school in October to start their new year.   These children benefit from our education  program because  they can  start each year with a new school uniform, a new  book bag and proper school supplies and avoid the stigma of being immediately identified as the “ poor kids” at the start of the term. We pay the extra  weekly  " teacher fees" that are a part of the reality of underfunded  public education in Cambodia, as teacher salaries are grossly inadequate. Consequently , teachers assess each student additional " fees" these fees , and depending upon the grade level, the fees  can add up to as much as  $30 per month for students to receive proper instruction in the public schools. Without the fees, students are not given proper lesson instruction, teachers ignore questions in class and will not provide key information to enable middle and high school students to pass proficiency exams.

Our  FSP  home care team , visits each family at least once per week, and quite often more than once per week. Our Team in addition to monitoring the general condition of the family,  is also tasked with trying to keep kids on track at grade level. In the event that remedial or supplemental  tutoring is required or indicated , our program will provide  the funds to access these services and monitor progress. . Our strong focus  on education has created results over the years, with the large majority of our students passing each year on  to the next grade . Many of our students have  graduated from middle and high school and we currently have  2 in  our college program.  

These accomplishments, while ordinary in the developed world, are often " firsts". The child may be the first in the family to achieve any literacy,  or the first family member  to achieve graduation from   elementary school, and for the great majority of our FSP families, the children who graduate from middle school and high school are truly " firsts". All of this requires a slow, consistent and focused effort to help these kids overcome the challenges of living in extreme poverty, illiterate parents and social stigma.

We are proud to say that our efforts over these many years does move these kids forward toward the day when they will step forward  and step out of their current situation of inherited poverty.    We are deeply grateful to our generous supporters for their long time support and hope that you will again join us in our efforts to help these children.

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

 
   

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