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Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia

by Kasumisou Foundation
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Rural Assistance Program Prey Veng (RAP), Cambodia
Sep 1, 2020

Update on Rural Assistance

It is a considerable challenge to write an update for our Rural Assistance Program.

Our April report detailed how the COVID 19 virus had created severe travel restrictions that made it difficult to run this program without the assurances of high levels of close supervision and staff support.  This has always  been a critical element of our program and one of the main reasons that we have been able to achieve so many of our goals over the past 20 years. At the present time, unlike our programs in  Phnom Penh , we do not have locally placed staff in the countryside  that are of the caliber needed  to oversee the operations of the entire program.    Although this has always been a  challenge, Mark’s frequent  on-site visits tonreview  our projects were essential to insure efficient use of our limited  resources.

Cambodia still has strict travel restrictions.   At the end of April  Cambodia was  closed to entry by Americans and Europeans, making it impossible for Mark to visit.   Consequently,   we reluctantly made the decision,   to suspend, for the time being,  further operation of our Rural Assistance Program.  Now , as then, it  is our assumption that this  suspension may   last  until  the end of calendar year 2020. 

Our decision was based on the following factors:

1) Donor funds could not then, nor now,  provide funding adequate to maintain the program at its necessary  levels. 

2) In the US and Japan ,where most of our donor base lives, the  economic impact of the coronavirus crisis  has  combined with weather extremes - ranging from typhoons, hurricanes and most recently , wildfires  in California to  create   urgently competing needs  for donor funds.

3) Consequently,  we feel that we have no choice but to continue  the suspension of our program’s operations   as we wait to see how things develop. 

We are disappointed that this is where we find ourselves, but we feel that  we have no  choice but  to  continue our suspension through year end as  we  evaluate what might be possible in the new year.   We will keep you posted on any updates as they occur.

We are deeply grateful to you,  our donors , for your  generous and long time support of this program. It is our sincere hope that we  will be able to move forward in 2021.

With heartfelt thanks for your understanding,  

Barbara & Mark Rosasco 

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Kasumisou Foundation

Location: Menlo Park, California - USA
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Project Leader:
Barbara Rosasco
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Menlo Park, California United States
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