Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey

by Kasumisou Foundation
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey
Art students Februar 2021
Art students Februar 2021

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The Pandemic continues to bring  challenges, a bit like a dance that takes us two steps forward and then unexpectedly , one step back.

A review of  early  2020 showed us having  regular student  attendance running at about 60 to 70 students per day. These numbers were  cut in half by the pandemic due to the Cambodian government’s quick action to close the country down,  thereby preventing the spread of COVID in Cambodia. By early summer 2020, student attendance had recovered to  the pre COVID levels of 60  to 70 per day and  attendance figures remained there through year end.

Early in 2021, as concern about COVID  inside of Cambodia further declined, our student numbers began to  grow steadily to the point where attendance began exceeding 100 students per day in February .  Now a new outbreak of COVID, noted in late  February, has caused the government to order all schools in the capital to close for two weeks.

We are hoping that the government’s quick action will again be effective in suppressing the spread of the COVID virus and that  we will be allowed to reopen later this month.  We are expecting that our students will return in the same large numbers as we had seen in January and February   and we look forward to  once again giving  our students a safe space to learn  and make friends.  In the meantime, while the school is closed, we continue to pay our staff, as they count on having this income.

We are hopeful that you will continue your support of this program by participating in GlobalGiving’s “ Little by Little”ampaign where donations   from $10 to $ 50 will receive a 50% match.  Like many small non profits, the difficult economic conditions created by the COVID crisis has impacted our donation flow so we are hopeful that you will join with us in this effort to keep Champey healthy! Every “ little bit” makes a difference.

We are deeply grateful to you all for your kind  support.

 

Barbara  & Mark

Music Class at full capacity Feb 2021
Music Class at full capacity Feb 2021
Young dancers in class
Young dancers in class
Art students  at full capacity
Art students at full capacity
youngest students at work
youngest students at work
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Champey Flower
Champey Flower

At the present time,  Cambodia has had remarkable success in controlling and suppressing the spread of the Covid virus. One year ago, in  the Spring of 2020, the government closed all schools and most  businesses to defend against spread of the virus.  Although Champey Academy was able to  reopen after just a two week shut down, many parents kept their children at home and did not allow them to attend classes.  Gradually, over  the course of the summer and early autumn of last year,  it became clear that the virus had not established itself inside Cambodia and the government reopened schools and businesses and Champey’s  students returned enthusiastically. 

We are currently  operating with approximately 80 students per day, close to Champey's maximum capacity of about 90 students. The drawing and painting class has about 30 students each day which is below the capacity of the classroom but  which allows for the students to leave some physical space between themselves and their classmates if they choose to do so.

The big story of 2020 and, so far, 2021,  is that  the tourism industry  remains almost  completely shut down ,causing a severe loss of  revenue which we typically earn from the tourist groups which love to visit our school.  The loss of the last month of the tourism high season in the Spring of 2020  has  combined, unfortunately  with what looks like  a complete loss of the 2020/2021 tourism season. As you can well imagine,  this has dealt a most  severe blow to our finances.  Tourist visitors would, in a normal year, provide enough revenue to cover about 60 per cent of Champey Academy’s annual operating  expenses.  The impact of such a   revenue loss  this year for  a small non-profit like ours is so serious that it  has jeopardized the future of our school. We are now looking frantically for replacement sources of income - some  of which we hope might come from online sales or auction  of student art work in the U.S. and other countries, as with no tourism, there are few opportunities to sell these works in Cambodia. 

Champey Academy  is an oasis from the harsh reality of the daily lives of many of our students. Beyond this, as you can see, many of these students have impressive talent and Champey offers them a unique opportunity to develop their craft, discipline, teamwork and enjoy a safe place where all are welcome.We literally have to chase them out at the end of the day with many lingering at the school to the last moment. 

We hope that our update will move you to tell others about our work and to encourage their support !  

Your generous support can help us to continue to keep Champey open and  to provide free dance, art and music instruction to our students . We have long been and continue to be  deeply grateful for your support of our wonderful students.

 

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

Daily Life
Daily Life
Cambodian mythological figures
Cambodian mythological figures
Building a city
Building a city
Simple pleasures
Simple pleasures
Morning class January 2021
Morning class January 2021
Drawing class- Young monk at his studies
Drawing class- Young monk at his studies
The family farm
The family farm
In the wild
In the wild
Student Drawing
Student Drawing
Flight
Flight
At work on the farm
At work on the farm
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an aspiring young musician
an aspiring young musician

 

Due to COVID,  all government schools were closed from April until August. Champey was  also closed , with classes cancelled for three weeks in April, as our student numbers were greatly reduced as many Champey students were sent to the countryside to their families’ home villages. Government schools have now reopened and students are back in classes.

According to the US  CDC “COVID-19 risk in Cambodia is low. Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia decreased or stabilized. CDC recommends older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness talk to their health care providers before traveling to Cambodia.”  The current " Level One"  status in Cambodia indicates that cases are stable or declining. By comparison, this is the lowest level, with Level Two being “ Alert” and Level Three “  indicating "Warning".  According to the WHO ( World Health Organization )  there have been just two COVID cases nationwide in Cambodia in recent weeks and  Cambodia continues to remain largely closed to tourist due to stringent health, financial and visa requirements.

Now that the government schools have reopened, our student attendance figures have continued to grow weekly. By the end of September, average attendance figures had reached approximately 70-75 students daily. Our students are clearly eager to get back to work.

Your continued support helps us to provide this oasis of learning and art to our students, showing them a new vison of the world and giving them new goals to which they can aspire.

We deeply appreciate your generous support!

 

Barbara & Mark Rosasco 

music class
music class
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CAA Music class
CAA Music class

 

As with every school and nearly every business in Cambodia, the Covid-19 virus has dealt a serious blow to our operations at Champey Academy of Arts.  By late March the Cambodian government had ordered all government schools to close in order to prevent the spread of the virus and nearly all private schools then also closed and remain closed even now.  Reluctantly, we closed Champey Academy for the last three weeks of April but then reopened by the first week of May. However, student attendance in May ran only about half of our usual rate because many parents, fearing that their children might be exposed to the virus, kept them at home and did not allow them to attend classes at Champey. 

Now, as we enter the second week of June student attendance is slowly increasing as it becomes clear that, at least for the time being, Cambodia has avoided any serious impact from Covid-19.  In fact, since the start of the contagion, a total of only about 120 cases of Covid-19 infection and no resulting deaths have been confirmed in Cambodia.

At this point it looks as though the greatest impact from the virus at Champey Academy will be on our revenues from tourist visitors and outside performances.  The tourism high season in Cambodia runs from late October through mid April and during that time we welcome to Champey Academy foreign tourist groups on  a daily basis.  The guests pay a small admission fee and often also put something extra in the donation boxes at the school .  This  money covers a very significant portion of our operating expenses during each month of the tourism high season.  However, this year, the government closed the country to most foreign nationals beginning from mid March and that meant that, at Champey Academy, we lost all of the revenues from foreign guests for the final four weeks of this year’s ‘high season.’  What’s more, because we expect that this year the start of the tourism high season will be delayed from October until at least the beginning of 2021, we are facing a loss of revenues from tourists which we estimate will be at least $12,000 to $18,000 or equal to approximately 20 to 25 per cent of our annual operating expenses. 

In addition to the devastating loss of revenues from tourist visitors, Cambodia’s annual “wedding season” peaks in March and April and which  usually brings a number of invitations for our dancers and musicians to perform at wedding parties.  The revenue earned from outside performances at weddings combined with the occasional invitation to perform at hotels in Phnom Penh usually brings us at least a few thousand dollars each year so the cancellation of all of those events this year represents the loss of an additional approximately 5% of our operating budget. 

Finally, every year in April, in the days preceding the annual Cambodian New Year, our students and teachers receive many invitations to perform a traditional New Year dance called the “Trot.”  This dance is meant to bring good fortune in the New Year and so many businesses including hotels and even vendors in the city’s markets invite our team to perform it on their premises.  Part of that New Year dance involves the passing of a cloth bag through the audience who are expected to put money into the bag in order further to insure their good fortune in the New Year.  This year, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the government cancelled all Cambodian New Year celebrations so all of our invitations to perform the “Trot” dance were rescinded resulting in a further loss of $2,000 or more in income for our school and our students and staff. 

In total, we anticipate that the impact of the global Covid-19 crisis on Champey Academy will be the loss of income equal to at least 30% of our annual operating expenses.  This is a devastating blow and one from which it will be very difficult to recover.  As a first step, we cut all of the staff members’ salaries by 15% effective from May 1.  The loss of that portion of their salaries, while very painful for the staff, will save Champey Academy only about one quarter of our expected revenue loss this year. 

As you can see, Champey has been deeply impacted, but we are hopeful that our students will return as the world adjusts to the " new nomal" and  that Cambodia will see a return of turism. In the meantime,  Champey faces seriousl challenges to keep is programs operating without interruption.  We are deeply grateful to you, our donors for your continued support to help us to keep the school open. This school serves not only the children in our programs, but the small stipend and other family support is essential to the continued well being of many for many of our student's family.

Barbara & Mark Rosasco 

Caa Dance Class
Caa Dance Class
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Full house !
Full house !

Update on Champey Academy

Our update consists of photos of our students in our art program and dance program. Monday through Saturday, Champey offers free instruction in art, dance and music. There are two daily sessions, morning from 7:30am to 11:00 am and then the afternoon session from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. The afternoon session tends to be most popular as many of our students are either coming from school , which is why so many of our young men in the art class are wearing identical blue school uniform shirts, or if not coming from school, we have a number of students whose  family situation requires them to work, most often, in the mornings in market stalls.

These classes are a world apart from the daily routine of work/school/work/school on a strictly limited budget.  Our classes  provide opportunities and a safe space for students   to make friends and   to learn for the sheer joy of learning. and personal satisfaction.   Additionally, these voluntary students are building skills  like teamwork and discipline which will help them as they go through life.

Your donations make this oasis possible for our young students, many of whom have faced or currently face significant challenges life and  these classes truly provide " a world apart" from daily realities. 

The photos were taken in September when Mark was in Phnom Penh.

Our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful donors  for your generous support and providing these  opportunities to our kids.

 

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

Art class 2
Art class 2
Preparing for performance
Preparing for performance
Hard at work in class
Hard at work in class
Practice
Practice
Ready to perform
Ready to perform
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