Mar 17, 2016

Final report for expansion campaign

March 17, 2016

Dear CASF Donors,

In 2015, we were able to expand the CASF program thanks to donors like you, allowing us to add nineteen new secondary students and six new university students to the CASF program.

Our students are now working hard to complete their education, in subjects such as Accounting, Tourism and Chemistry at the university level. Our provincial high school students are benefiting from a collaboration from the Peace Corps that is allowing them high level English instruction, as well as career counseling from our university students and board members.

In February, we met with all of our Grade 12 students, like Pen Kosal, with their parents present, to advise them on the next steps as they move on to the university. Kosal is committed to becoming a doctor, and says that what she wants most from her education is to be "woken up"!

We are now deactivating funding for this successful expansion campaign, in order to turn our attention to new endeavors, such as enhanced career readiness training at the university level, and computer and internet training in our rural villages.

We thank you again for all your support, without which we would not exist.

Sincerely,

Julianna Nielsen                                                                                                                                                        

Executive Director

Jan 4, 2016

CASF Update, 12/18/15

Oum Phanny is studying Accounting at RULE
Oum Phanny is studying Accounting at RULE

December 18, 2015

Dear CASF Donors,

In 2015, we were able to expand the CASF program thanks to donors like you, allowing us to add nineteen new secondary students and six new university students to the CASF program.

In summary: The nineteen secondary students range from Grades 10-12 and are interested in subjects ranging from Chemistry to Khmer Literature to History.

Of the six university students: Five arrived in Phnom Penh in the end of September to start their university studies. They are being provided with one hour per evening of English lessons and have been enrolled in private computer classes. Of these five, two were enrolled in November in accounting at Royal University of Law and Economics; one was enrolled in November in chemistry at Royal University of Phnom Penh; and two will be taking an entrance exam to begin pharmaceutical studies at Royal University of Health Sciences in January. The sixth university student is living with her family in Svay Rieng and is commuting to Phnom Penh on weekends to study accounting at Asia Euro University.

As we head into our 15th year of educating girls in Cambodia, things are changing on both sides of the world.

In Cambodia, access to education is getting easier but the quality of learning remains a challenge. We need to better prepare our rural students, who are disadvantaged in comparison with their urban counterparts by, among other skills, lack of computer knowledge and low proficiency in English.

Focus is beginning to shift from simply getting Cambodian girls through school to ensuring their transition from school to work. We need to focus on the skills students need both for their academic success and their success at work and life.

To meet these challenges, we are working on numerous fronts.

Our university students underwent training in the spring of 2015 by the Career Counseling department at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and are delivering career workshops to secondary students in our villages, helping them to align their interests and skills with a course of study that will lead to a professional job. We involve family members, so that they understand the benefits, both personal and economic, that an education can bring. This powerful mentoring program has proven beneficial not only to the secondary students who receive the training but to the student trainers, who develop confidence and presentation skills.

We are partnering with the Peace Corps to improve English language instruction in our villages: A Peace Corps volunteer arrived at Doun Sa High School in Svay Rieng in September, and in addition to her Peace Corps duties, will give private English lessons to our CASF students.

We are developing a robust co- and extra-curricular program for our university students, to help prepare them for the next stage of their lives. As a first step, students were asked to complete a skills survey, outlining what they would like to focus on to help them as they move through university and out into life. Next, a series of training modules will be created and delivered by local Khmer mentors and leaders.

In February, we will spend 3 days in Svay Rieng conducting a program evaluation. Graduate students from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, MA and Charles University in Prague are working with us to develop a monitoring and evaluation plan, and we are being guided by the Lean Research methodology developed by a new coalition of faculty and researchers at the Fletcher School, the D-Lab at MIT, and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University (see https://d-lab.mit.edu/lean-research).

In short, 2015 has been one of great progress and program strengthening for CASF. All of this has been made possible by our donors, to whom we are very grateful.

Sincerely,

Julianna Nielsen                                                                                                                                                        

Executive Director

Aug 28, 2015

CASF Update, August 2015

Pen Kosal
Pen Kosal

Dear CASF Donors,

As we approach the start of a new school year in Cambodia, we write to thank you again for your support of the Cambodian Arts & Scholarship Foundation. CASF raised $3,375 during our June Global Giving Challenge, enough to fund the education of eleven high school students for one year. 

Our Grade 12 students have just taken the National Exam, and are anxiously awaiting their results. We are confident they will pass, and we look forward to welcoming them to the university residence in Phnom Penh so that they may start their university studies.

Our younger students are preparing to go back to school, purchasing school supplies and uniforms.

In our village in Meun Chey Commune, in Svay Rieng province, we have just delivered eight refurbished computers. We are looking into installing a solar panel on our Educational Coordinator’s home, so that she may arrange for students to have computer literacy classes.

We are collaborating with the Peace Corps, who will be sending a volunteer to teach English in the local High School in Doun Sa.

We thank you all for your generous support, which will allow students like Pen Kosal continue her education. Kosal is entering Grade 12, and wants to be a Doctor. Your generosity is changing lives.

Best,

 

Julianna

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