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.
Barbara & Mark Rosasco
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.
The Fall marks the start of a new academic year for our 11 college students. Our last update focused on introducing our students to you, our supporters, so that you can have a clear idea of who your donations support and the accomplishments our students. Please keep in mind that all Kasumisou Foundation programs are completely donor funded.
It is now time to pay the Fall 2015 tuition for our students. The annual tuition for most of our students comes to about $ 450 per year, with one current exception for a student of about $ 850 per year, plus about another $100 to $ 150 for books and supplies. All of our students are from disadvantaged families and they receive very little or in most cases, no financial support for food, lodging and clothing. To cover this gap, we provide small monthly living stipends of $ 70 to $ 100 per month per student, which function as their sole support beyond free housing which we provide to 8 of our students.
In order for our students to continue on in their studies we must now pay Fall semester tuition bills :
Fall Tuition fees $2675 ( covers 11 unitersity students )
Books etc $ $375
Student food allowance ( FALL) $3080 ( covers 4 months x 11 students )
Total Funding for Fall 2015 $ 6,130
Your support has made it possile for these students to start their studies. Your continued support will make it possible for them to continue.
Won't you join us in helping to fulfill the dreams of these 11 students to complete a college education?
We are deeply grateful to you for your continued support.