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 13, 2015

July 15 is GlobalGiving Bonus Match Day !

Wednesday, July 15   is Globalgiving.org Bonus Match Day

Since 2000 we have assisted fragile families impacted by the twin burdens of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDs. Often, we function as the " family for family" providing  not only social support but also guidance as to how to handle difficult situations. Each family has its own unique needs, and our Family Support Team meets with each family at least one time per week, sometimes daily if needed. Solutions to problems are individualized and sometimes requires  a complex overview of what might be available .

We currently have  a young  member of our FSP who has developed a serious medical condtiom  and we have advised by local doctors to seek more sophisticated assistance in Bangkok.  Working with our home care team  we have , over the past few  weeks, arranged for bus  transportation to Bangkok ( 11 hours one way) and medical testing  as well as temporary housing for those family members accompanying. Now as in times past, we must step in to try to identify  the "big picture"  and see what might be done to assist   the individual and and identify and manage its potential impact upon  the family. Unlike the developed world, there is no insurance or socialized medical care for these fragile families to fall back on, so there are times when our oversight can mean  all of the difference.

Stable funding is essential because it  allows us  to support  the fragile families in our AIDS support program and help the family to access the medical care that they need and that would otherwise be unavaiable . Sometimes the help is financial, other times it is in the form of providing information and oversight to coordinate treatment. The Bonus Match day is vitally important to our ability to continue to fund our program through the summer months.  Without you, our donors, this program  would not be possible. As you review our projects, you will see that they are interconnected. As a way to manage scarce resources and funding, we first try to see if we can use existing programs to supplement needs in other Kasumisou projects. For example our education programs for children impacted by AIDS  build upon the foundation progam of our AIDS support program. 

We would be grateful if you can  review our program updates and consider whether you might again join us in our efforts to continue to offer this program to support fragile families  impacted by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.  We have summarized the features of the Bonus Match below.

Thank you again for your kind support.

Barbara & Mark

How Bonus Day Works

Give a boost to your donation dollars !  Your project can earn a 50% match because we are a GlobalGiving 5 Star partner! All donations , of any and every amount, are happily accepted. A $10 donation can become $ 15 and it all adds up!

How it works:

Bonus # 1 : Your online donation using GlobalGiving Gift Cards , credit and debit cards or Paypal can be matched up to $1000 per project per donor.

# 2 Bonus Opportunity ~ $1000 prize for most funds raised by a project

#3 Bonus Opportunity ~ $1000 price for most unique donors to a project.

Go viral and spread the word! Organize your friends and community members to each make small donation ( $ 10) to our project,and put us in the running to win this prize!

 

Special notice to UK taxpayers: Our projects are now posted on GlobalGiving UK!

  • You make a donation and GG UK combines your giving with other generous folks doing the same thing.
  • GG UK claims back Gift Aid (if you are a UK tax-payer) to ensure your "tax bonus" goes to the project of your choice.
  • GG UK ensures that your donation (including any Gift Aid) is on the ground within 60 days and has an immediate impact.
Jul 13, 2015

July 15 is GlobalGiving Bonus Match Day !

Wednesday, July 15     9:00 am EDT   is the start of  Globalgiving.org Bonus Match Day

Since the beginning of our  AIDS Patient Family Support Program ( FSP)   in and other programs like our Rural Assistance Program  ( RAP)  , since 2000  we have encouraged kid to stay in school. At first the goal was just to graduate from middle school, then it became high school. Some of the students in our programs even dared to dream of a college education.

We have 12 college students now, either from our FSP or our RAP,   all from families where they are "firsts": first to be able to read, first to attend school, first to complete high  school and definitely the  first to attend college ! ( please  visit our project pages for both of these on GlobalGiving)

Without you, our donors, none of the programs would be possible. As you review our projects, you will see that they are interconnected. As a way to manage scarce resources and funding, we first try to see if we can use existing programs to supplement needs in other Kasumisou projects. For example our college students have access to safe employment via our Jobs for Youth program so that they can earn money for personal expenses while attending college. Some of our students live at Champey Academy, our art school.

Stable funding is important to the success of our students ability to continue on in their college programs and the Bonus Match day is vitally important to our ability to fund their tuition. .

 We would be grateful if you can  review our program updates and consider whether you might again join us in our effortss.  We have summarized the features of the Bonus Match below.

Thank you again for your kind support,

Barbara & Mark

How Bonus Day Works

Give a boost to your donation dollars !  Your project can earn a 50% match because we are a GlobalGiving 5 Star partner! All donations , of any and every amount, are happily accepted. A $10 donation can become $ 15 and it all adds up!  There is  $ 115,000 in matching funds, first come, first matched.

How it works:

Bonus # 1 : Your online donation using GlobalGiving Gift Cards , credit and debit cards or Paypal can be matched up to $1000 per project per donor.

# 2 Bonus Opportunity ~ $1000 prize for most funds raised by a project

#3 Bonus Opportunity ~ $1000 price for most unique donors to a project.

Go viral and spread the word! Organize your friends and community members to each make small donation ( $ 10) to our project,and put us in the running to win this prize!

 

Special notice to UK taxpayers: Our projects are now posted on GlobalGiving UK!

  • You make a donation and GG UK combines your giving with other generous folks doing the same thing.
  • GG UK claims back Gift Aid (if you are a UK tax-payer) to ensure your "tax bonus" goes to the project of your choice.
  • GG UK ensures that your donation (including any Gift Aid) is on the ground within 60 days and has an immediate impact.
Jul 9, 2015

Hoping for a Summer Arts Camp 2015

July 15 is GlobalGiving Bonus Match day  featuring a 50% bonus match while funds are available and  we are hoping to raise funds for a 2015 Summer Arts Camp!   We will be sending details for the Bonus Match day separately.

 

A brief history of our  Summer Arts Camps

We have offered a Summer Arts Camp program  to disadvangaged kids  in our AIDS Patient Family Support Program , medically fragile kids from  Phnom Penh Municipal Orphanage and other disadvantaged children   for 7 out of the past 8 years.  

Our  school,  Champey Academy of Arts , establshed in 2013, hosted its first  Summer Arts Program in August and September 2013 . Last year, we again hosted   the 2014 Summer Arts Program in August and September. Due to funding shortfalls, we shortened the 2014 camp from  the traditional 8 weeks  covering  the full school break during the summer,   to 6 weeks and from 6 days to 5.

In 2014  our local, daily attendance swelled  beyond our usual roster of students as many local children came to participate, with many days seeing as many as 100 children. Champey's  goal to  become a place for kids has quickly gained ground with local residents and street vendors who found the summer program a great way to safely occupy their children, while parents had to work . Alternatively most of these children would be left alone at home or brought to street and market stalls for the entire day from early morning until late at night.

If we can find the funding, we would like to offer  a Summer Arts Camp 2015 .

Summer campers ( ages 4 ~ 16 years)  will include approximately 30 medically fragile children invited from the National Orphanage in Phnom Penh and as well as several   children from our   AIDS Patient Family Support Program ( FSP)  and local neighborhood children whose parents are street vendors  or who have market stalls near  the school. Children will enjoy a half day session learning traditional Cambodian dance and music and learning the stories and history that created the dance.   This year we will continue the popular  painting and drawing classes we began last year to enrich our program.

All campers will get a “ Summer Arts Camp” tee shirt ( $ 2.50 each) , and a small daily snack ( $0.50 each) . We hope that this year we can reinstate our camp outing where we host all of the campers to a visit to a local water park ( $ 3.00 admission each) . This had to be cancelled in 2014 due to lack of funding. Campers also receive a graduation certificate ($0.75 each) and have a small party after their " show performance"  to demonstrate and  celebrate their accomplishments with their parents.

If we are not able to raise full funding for the camp during the GlobalGiving Bonus Match Day  and/or  other fundraising events  in July, based on the funds that we do  raise, we will offer either a pared down program or some summer activities at Champey   to neighborhood children . Transportation is a significant cost for the camp, as children ( other than neighborhood children)  must of course, have transportation to and from the camp.

We hope that you will join with us to help send our kids to camp!

Thank you,

Barbara & Mark

 

2015 Budget Estimates  for the Camp

Anticipated census: 100 campers ages 4 to 16

T-shirts $ 2.50 x 100         $ 250

Art Supplies                        $ 200

Snack $0.50 per child      $2,400  ($0.50 x 100 kids x 6 days = $ 300 x 8 weeks = $2400)

Certificate $0.75 x 100    $     75   Completion certificates used in end of camp ceremony

Transportation 1              $1,920   (2 tuk tuk for 30 kids $ 20 round trip x 6 days = $ 240 wk x 8 wks = $1920

Transportation 2              $  960   ($20 round trip est. 10 kids from FSP x 6 days x 8 weeks = $960

Party supplies & Food    $  200    ( estimated 150 persons)

Buses for water park      $   300    (estimated 3 buses)

Entry fee water park     $   300    ( estimated at $3.00 per camper)

Misc. expenses 8 weeks               $1,000   ( covers unanticipated expenses, supplies, extra transportation, more

                                                         campers,  etc)

Fund raising costs            $ 750   ( estimated average fundraising costs on GlobalGiving site for project)

Total Budget 2015            $8,255

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