Help Destitute Moms with AIDS Care for Their Kids

by Kasumisou Foundation
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Since 1999, Kasumisou Foundation has provided care and support to the AIDS afflicted poor in and around Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. With the founding of our AIDS Patients Family Support Program (FSP) in 2000, we instituted a formalized effort to provide homeless and destitute women afflicted by mid-to-late stages of AIDS with basic housing, monthly food support, and sponsorship for the school expenses of their primary and secondary school age dependent children.

In the early years of our Family Support Program, we did also provide antiretroviral medicines (ARVs, often referred to as the "AIDS cocktail") to some of our patients including their HIV positive children and the HIV positive orphaned children of women who had died in our program.

Thanks to the contribution of free medicines by the UN's Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Cambodia, it became unnecessary for us to provide those life prolonging but very expensive medicines.

We continue to focus on providing the destitute women and children in our program with modest housing, food support, school expenses, basic medicines, transportation to and from medical appointments, and constant counseling and encouragement.

On average and at any given time, our program now serves approximately 35 to 40 AIDS afflicted women and their approximately 70 dependent children. We also continue to serve some AIDS orphans who are the children of women who died while in the care of our Family Support Program (FSP). 

A key part of our effort is to provide the children in these families with the skills needed to break the cycle of inherited poverty. Our approach is not only to provide the basics of a stable lifestyle but to maintain a high level of support and encouragement for these children to say in school, strive for academic excellence and introduce them to the concepts of self determination and personal accomplishment.

Since our program began,   in 2000, we have cared for hundreds of mothers, and families  with their many children. Although many of the mothers who entered our program have passed away, we still have seen the emerging success of many of the children , who without the care and support of our program, would have lived short lives of hopelessness and homelessness.

All of this is possibly only because of the kind  generousity of our donors who help us to continue in our efforts.

Thank you so very much for your support.

 

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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Since 2000 we have assisted fragile families impacted by the twin burdens of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDs. Often, we function as the " family for family" providing  not only social support but also guidance as to how to handle difficult situations. Each family has its own unique needs, and our Family Support Team meets with each family at least one time per week, sometimes daily if needed. Solutions to problems are individualized and sometimes requires  a complex overview of what might be available .

We currently have  a young  member of our FSP who has developed a serious medical condtiom  and we have advised by local doctors to seek more sophisticated assistance in Bangkok.  Working with our home care team  we have , over the past few  weeks, arranged for bus  transportation to Bangkok ( 11 hours one way) and medical testing  as well as temporary housing for those family members accompanying. Now as in times past, we must step in to try to identify  the "big picture"  and see what might be done to assist   the individual and and identify and manage its potential impact upon  the family. Unlike the developed world, there is no insurance or socialized medical care for these fragile families to fall back on, so there are times when our oversight can mean  all of the difference.

Stable funding is essential because it  allows us  to support  the fragile families in our AIDS support program and help the family to access the medical care that they need and that would otherwise be unavaiable . Sometimes the help is financial, other times it is in the form of providing information and oversight to coordinate treatment. The Bonus Match day is vitally important to our ability to continue to fund our program through the summer months.  Without you, our donors, this program  would not be possible. As you review our projects, you will see that they are interconnected. As a way to manage scarce resources and funding, we first try to see if we can use existing programs to supplement needs in other Kasumisou projects. For example our education programs for children impacted by AIDS  build upon the foundation progam of our AIDS support program. 

We would be grateful if you can  review our program updates and consider whether you might again join us in our efforts to continue to offer this program to support fragile families  impacted by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.  We have summarized the features of the Bonus Match below.

Thank you again for your kind support.

Barbara & Mark

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Using a personalized approach to address challenges

Our photo was taken last year during the graduation day performance at our Champey Academy Summer Arts Camp. Although it depicts a happy scene of children demonstrating the skills which they learned in the camp, it nevertheless reminds us that our program at Champey must aim to provide much more than just cultural enrichment to the children whom we serve.

One of the young people shown in our photo is a young teenager from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program (FSP).  Both mother and student suffer from AIDS and have been supported by our FSP for more than 10 years.

Over the past two years the teenager’s mother has developed AIDS related dementia causing the mother to become increasingly neglectful of her child to the point that the teen no longer receives any parental guidance at home .  Our FSP team became concerned that this teen, for a variety of reasons was  vulnerable to potential exploitation and could  become another teenage victim of street life, drugs and prostitution.

Our teams at the FSP and at Champey worked hard to create an individual program to provide a safe and supervised structure for this young person and to provide ongoing adult guidance and at the same time we continue to actively monitor the mother and the situation in the ,home.

 We are grateful to our generous donors whose support allows us to continue to assist fragile families like these whose daily is impacted by AIDS and extreme poverty.

Thank you,

 

Barbara & Mark

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Today,  May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching EVERY eligible donation on our Bonus Day! In the first-ever Pro-Rated Bonus Day, the matching percentage will be decided at the end of the day based on this formula: ($75,000/Total Amount Raised) x 100 = Matching Percentage

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When we speak about program progress, it is easy to overlook that key to the success of each of   project is its ability to have sustained funding. Sinces its i start in 2000, this program has somehow always managed to provide for its program members.  Each month can be a balancing act between the needs of the program and the reality of funding, with the added stress that fragile families are relying upon the program to provide essential support such as housing, food and other support.

Our AIDS Patient Family support program  continues a 15 year effort of Kasumisou Foundation to provide a safety net  for at risk children and families. The success of these efforts can be seen in the numbers of children whom we have served over the years who have gone on to complete middle school, high school and now even a few have made it to college.

None of this would be possible without you, our donors. .

We are always grateful for your continued support.

 

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

Ena and her mother
Ena and her mother

A reason to celebrate !

Over the years there are hundreds of times where we have stepped in to provide the modest housing and social support for families that are hanging on by a thread. Our goal is  to create a stable family lifestyle . We have rescued mothers and their children who are living rough on the streets , we have provided transitional housing to mothers snatched from death and returned to fragile but better health and we have stepped in to prevent a family from becoming homeless. Although most of the families in our program are impacted in some way by HIV/ AIDS, we have had a few situations over the years where we have also helped families with other, equally serious health conditions.

But far beyond these essential services that we provide to our families, key to our mission is to help the children in our program to stay in school and to help them see that there is a different life beyond the slums where they live and to give them the tools to move forward toward that new life.

Ena- Age 12

We are very proud of all of the young people in our FSP because of the challenges which they have had to overcome in their lives but there are times when some of our kids make us especially proud. This report features one of those exceptional young people , Ena - age 12, grade 6 .

Ena (below in the purple shirt) and her mother both suffer from life threatening, congenital heart problems for which they receive continuous treatment at Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh.

Despite her medical problems, Ena is currently ranked #1 in her class of 20 students at a local, private English language school and she is #20 in her class of 47 students in her Khmer language classes at the government run middle school.

We enroll and sponsor many of the children in our FSP in English language programs because proficiency in English is the single skill which will most help them to get good jobs when they finish their formal education. Most of our children will, unfortunately, not be able to attend university and many will not even complete high school , despite our efforts. However, if these children can speak, read and write English well when they become young adults, they will be qualified for a wide variety of jobs with good incomes and upward potential.

Your support helps us to keep these fragile families together and helps our children to keep moving forward to break the cycle of inherited poverty.

We hope that you will share our delight in Ena’s great accomplishments and continue onward with us in our journey to support her and other children in our program.   Without you, we would not be able to provide housing and other support to Ena and others like her.

Thank you for your generous support

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

Ena, Age 12, Grade 6
Ena, Age 12, Grade 6
 

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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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