Education
 Cambodia
Project #15542

Jobs for Cambodian Youth

A microproject by Kasumisou Foundation

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.

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 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.

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

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This micro project segment has ended but the project  has been  continued in our Jobs for Cambodian Youth Part 3  and the project  update below  is a continuation of our initial project. We hope that you will consider supporting our ongoing efforts to provide employment for Cambodian Youth in a safe and appropriate environment which helps our students " earn as they learn".

Project update for Jobs for Cambodian Youth- Part 3 2015

Helping our students to support themselves.

Earn and learn !

Jobs for Cambodian Youth not only provides jobs for young people in a safe and appropriate environment, but it helps our college  " earn as they learn".

For our college students, these jobs provide the essential basic living  income that allows our students to buy food and small personal supplies while they are attending classes. Most of our college students are " firsts" in their family: first to read, first to finish high school, first in college. The families have no funds to support the students so these part time jobs are vitally important.

For our other young people, our jobs provide teaching and administrative jobs that help to build business skills, team skills and improve their English language skills.

None of this could be possible without the generous support of our donors and we are deeply grateful to you all for your great kindness.

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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Cambodian Jobs For Youth Project- Micro Project  Update

In January 2013, our Summer Arts Camp project embarked upon an expanded journey. It was  the start of a new chapter in our efforts to bring the joys, discipline and pride of culture of traditional Cambodian arts and dance   to orphaned and underprivileged children.

Our staffing consisted of several of the teachers and staff formerly with our old Apsara Arts program. We ultimately hired, as apprentice and assistant teachers, six of our senior dance students who had served previously as Apprentice Teachers.

We felt this was an important employment opportunity for these young adults for several reasons.  Not only did it provide a way for us to provide a job track that allowed our senior students to   continue to keep their skills sharp  by providing ready access to an  appropriate practice venue, but it also allowed these students  to also expand upon their skills by giving them the opportunity to teach and mentor other students, providing a real time inspiration to the disadvantaged youth who attended our program. Finally, we feel that the this project nurtured feelings of pride and self accomplishment, as students experienced a new role as a junior paid professional as they experienced the fruits of their many years of study.

Champey Academy of Arts ( CAA) , which started dance classes at our new location near the Royal Palace and Royal University of Art in  Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city,  has continued to serve local children providing an important alternative to street culture by teaching traditional Cambodian art, music and dance.

The funds from this micro project allowed us to pay our core of 6 assistant teachers and to provide part time employment for 3 of our college students, enabling them to earn the essential although modest wages needed to sustain their expenses while attending college, providing  6 months of sustainable employment to our six junior teaching professionals.

At the present time, all are still working at their jobs at the Academy

Our sincere thanks to our kind donors for their generous support and our apology for the lateness of this report.  Your generosity  has allowed these young adults and students to have  an opportunity for  paid employment in dignified circumstances and to serve as an inspiration to the children in our program.

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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