Jobs for Cambodian Youth

$10,000 $0
Raised Remaining


This project provides a job track for 6 talented dancers from our previous dance school program. All six are under age 24, and have an average 10 years of intensive classical Khmer dance training. They are eager and able to serve as part time apprentice teachers for our Summer Arts Camp program and its newly developed growth into a year round program for dozens of local children. It also provides part time jobs for 3 of our college students who do various jobs at the school.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

There is no established job track for students who have spent years studying classical Cambodian (Khmer) dance. Dancers, mostly female, must rely upon uncertain performances during the short tourist season and the rest of the time, supplement their income as bar girls, which in Cambodia often leads as a route to prostitution. Our project additionally employs 3 of the students in our college program, providing a small income to provide for basic food and liviing expenses for the students

How will this project solve this problem?

Our program provides year round employment to apprentice teachers allowing these talented young dancers an opportunity to continue their studies of dance and gain experience as teachers. Our college students come from poor families and could not afford food and board. We provide free housing and pay a small salary for administrative and other work at the camp/school. We require our teachers to study English and improve their computer skills to enhance their future employment prospects.

Potential Long Term Impact

Although these classes in dance, music and art provide fun, education and friendship to orphaned and disadvantaged children, we clearly see that participation in the program builds self esteem and allows at risk children to be better prepared for adult life. Over the past 15 years we have seen several of our students transform themselves from student to teacher and mentor as they become the teachers in our classes, providing an identifyable job track to future students .

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,000

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,000 .  The original project funding goal was $9,999.



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Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Champey Academy of Arts has grown from its original summer program and now provides year round fun,education and friendship to disadvantaged children and to orphans,building self esteem through classes in painting , drawing and in traditional Cambodian dance and music. The camp/academy now has dozens of year round neighborhood kids attending 3 hour morning or afternoon sessions 6 days per week. We will still offer a special summer program for children for the 2 month school break project reportread updates from the field

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Summer Arts Camp 2015 for Disadvantaged Youth


Kasumisou Foundation

Menlo Park, California, United States

Project Leader

Barbara Rosasco

Menlo Park, Ca. United States

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