Yes, your support makes a difference !
Since its beginning in 2000, Kasumisou Foundation’s AIDS Patient Family Support Program ( FSP) has been a vital support system for fragile families impacted by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The FSP is the formal name of the program that helps destitute women with AIDS care for their children. Our families are typically single parent families.
2014 saw the completion of a transition of families from the FSP whom we felt were able to function either independently or with the aid of their family. The families who remain are those which are unable to make the transaction to a more independent lifestyle outside of our program.
One of the challenging aspects of maintaining a program like the FSP is the challenge of trying to address to two diverging needs. Our project provides caretaker support to keep these fragile families together, in safe housing with enough food. Candidly speaking, it is essentially too late to do very much more for the mothers in these families other providing a structure of compassionate support, to actively monitor and address the needs of the families. Our project at the same time, recognizes the urgent need to provide more active support for the children, providing social oversight and promoting a strong emphasis on education. Only through education , will the children in this program be able to break the chain of inherited poverty.
We are proud, that in a nation where educational access is uneven at best, and where few children finish high school, this program, due to its long years of consistent efforts, now has recently seen 4 of our program’s students enter college.
Progress on a long term program such as this sometimes seems to be so slow as to be nearly invisible: there are few “headline “ items. But despite the seemingly slow pace, we remind ourselves that slow and steady effort is the key to helping the children in these families reach a point in their lives where they can step out of the underclass into a brighter future.
None of this is possible without the generous support of you, our donors . Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all that you do to help us in our efforts. Your support changes the lives of these families and provides life changing opportunities for the chilren.
With best wishes to you all for a successful 2015.
Barbara & Mark Rosasco