Educate Cambodian Kids Impacted by AIDS

A microproject by Kasumisou Foundation

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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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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.

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

Update on   Educate Cambodian Kids Impacted by AIDS !  ( please see our new  project  link Educate Cambodian Kids Impacted by AIDs 2015-Part 2)

 

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Continuing our efforts,

Although the micro project segment you originally supported  has ended , the project continues on and can be found   in our Educate Cambodian Kids Impacted by AIDS 2015 Part 2. The project  update below  is a continuation of our initial project. We hope that you will consider supporting our ongoing efforts to improve access to education for Cambodian children.

We are deeply grateful for your past support of our programs and we hope that you will again consider supporting our kids.

 

Educate Cambodian Kids Impacted by AIDS

Helping our students to break the cycle of inherited poverty

A large part of the success of each of   project is its ability to have sustained funding.  Education is a long term and ongoing effort.

Since 2000, our AIDS Patient Family Support Program has  continued a 15 year effort  to provide  access to education for the children in the FSP. We are proud to say that our strategy works ! In Cambodia where it is estimated that only 40% of Cambodian students ever graduate from high school, we have children graduating from high school in spite of the giant challenges of extreme poverty and families impacted by HIV/AIDs that these kids face. We even have a few who have made it to college!

None of this would be possible without the support of you, our donors. Your support has changed the lives of these children, giving then a real chance at a better life, moving from a life of inherited poverty to a possibility of being able to stepping into the middle class. The power of education is immense! We currently support 39 students in this program.

We are always grateful to you, our donors, for your continued support.

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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Update on Educate Cambodian Children Impacted by AIDS – Micro Project Update

One step away from poverty , one step toward future opportuity

Since its beginning in 2000, Kasumisou Foundation  has provided educational assistance for the children in the Help Destitute Moms with AIDS Care for their Kids and  ( a part of our AIDS Patient Family Support Program).

In a nation where educational  access is uneven at best,  few children finish high school.  The impact of access to education is felt even more keenly among fragile families where HIV/AIDs is present and who lack the financial means to secure the resources needed to allow their kids to  attend school consistently. Over the many years, one of our central goals for all of our programs,  has been to keep kids in school, to help them to break the cycle of inherited poverty. In direct response to the funding opportunity presented by the collaborative effort of Youthspark and GlobalGiving, for the first time ever, we were able to raise a significant portion of the annual funds that are required for this long term and vitally important effort.

Last Fall, the funds that you, our donors generously provided, enabled us to pay for a “ school year” of tutoring (as needed), to purchase school uniforms , book bags and supplies and to provide the fees to our kids  that all students in public schools must pay to the teacher if they are to have full access to education. For our students, who without our help would be destitute and homeless, access to these small funds is  vitally important and represents a critical barrier to accessing public education. At times, some of the children for whom we also  pay fees, are   orphaned kids  in the municipal orphanage or at a local hospice, where there are no funds available .

The reality is that education is a long slow road. Progress may be uneven and sometimes the progress is so slow as to be nearly invisible. Yet, we are proud to say, over the years we have now congratulated an ever growing number of high school graduates, now numbering several dozen. And, beyond our wildest expectations, we have three students from  our AIDSs Patient Family Support program who are college students and another two students , long in our programs, who have graduated from college.

Now , like kids all over the world, our students will soon be embarking on their summer break. For us, this represents a huge victory—we have gotten our kids through another year … a journey one more step away from permanent poverty but one more step toward the possibility of future opportunity.

Without our many  generous  supporters, now scattered far and wide over the years, none of this could have been possible. Together, with the kind support of you, our donors, we have changed the world greatly and  for the better for many of the children in our program.

Our sincere thanks to you all for joining us in this effort. We hope that you feel as proud of the accomplishments of our kids as do we.

Barbara and Mark Rosasco

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Organization Information

Kasumisou Foundation

Location: Menlo Park, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.kasumisou.org
Project Leader:
Barbara Rosasco
Secretary/Treasurer
Menlo Park, Ca. United States

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