Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey

by Kasumisou Foundation

The Champey Academy of Arts  is our arts school for disadvantaged children in central Phnom Penh. After sponsoring the Apsara Arts Association (AAA) for nearly 14 years, we decided in the autumn of 2012 to redirect our resources toward establishment of a new school in the center of the city. Our mission at the CAA, as with the AAA, is to introduce some of Phnom Penh's most disadvantaged children to the wonders of their nation's rich arts culture while helping them to experience the pride, self confidence and poise which come from mastering difficult skills.

Despite the fun “ clubhouse” atmosphere at Champey, students are serious about learning and many attend classes daily , 6 days per week.

Your support is what  makes it possible for us to teach these students about Cambodia's rich cultural heritage.

We invite you to click on the links below to explore some of our galleries showing different CAA events and classes.

Thank you for your generous support.


Barbara & Mark


Wednesday, July 15   is Bonus Match Day

Stable funding is important to the success of our arts programs at Champey. Our arts  programs offer access to arts and education to disadvantaged and  at- risk children and youth. Without you, or donors, none of the programs would be possible. As you review our projects, you will see that the 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 the Summer Arts Camp builds upon the foundation progam of Champey Academy.

Please review our program updates and consider whether you might again join us in our efforts to provide these . We have summarized the features of the Bonus Match below.

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July 15 is GlobalGiving Bonus Match day  featuring a 50% bonus match while funds are available and  we are hoping to raise funds for a 2015 Summer Arts Camp!   We will be sending details for the Bonus Match day separately.


A brief history of our  Summer Arts Camps

We have offered a Summer Arts Camp program  to disadvangaged kids  in our AIDS Patient Family Support Program , medically fragile kids from  Phnom Penh Municipal Orphanage and other disadvantaged children   for 7 out of the past 8 years.  

Our  school,  Champey Academy of Arts , establshed in 2013, hosted its first  Summer Arts Program in August and September 2013 . Last year, we again hosted   the 2014 Summer Arts Program in August and September. Due to funding shortfalls, we shortened the 2014 camp from  the traditional 8 weeks  covering  the full school break during the summer,   to 6 weeks and from 6 days to 5.

In 2014  our local, daily attendance swelled  beyond our usual roster of students as many local children came to participate, with many days seeing as many as 100 children. Champey's  goal to  become a place for kids has quickly gained ground with local residents and street vendors who found the summer program a great way to safely occupy their children, while parents had to work . Alternatively most of these children would be left alone at home or brought to street and market stalls for the entire day from early morning until late at night.

If we can find the funding, we would like to offer  a Summer Arts Camp 2015 .

Summer campers ( ages 4 ~ 16 years)  will include approximately 30 medically fragile children invited from the National Orphanage in Phnom Penh and as well as several   children from our   AIDS Patient Family Support Program ( FSP)  and local neighborhood children whose parents are street vendors  or who have market stalls near  the school. Children will enjoy a half day session learning traditional Cambodian dance and music and learning the stories and history that created the dance.   This year we will continue the popular  painting and drawing classes we began last year to enrich our program.

All campers will get a “ Summer Arts Camp” tee shirt ( $ 2.50 each) , and a small daily snack ( $0.50 each) . We hope that this year we can reinstate our camp outing where we host all of the campers to a visit to a local water park ( $ 3.00 admission each) . This had to be cancelled in 2014 due to lack of funding. Campers also receive a graduation certificate ($0.75 each) and have a small party after their " show performance"  to demonstrate and  celebrate their accomplishments with their parents.

If we are not able to raise full funding for the camp during the GlobalGiving Bonus Match Day  and/or  other fundraising events  in July, based on the funds that we do  raise, we will offer either a pared down program or some summer activities at Champey   to neighborhood children . Transportation is a significant cost for the camp, as children ( other than neighborhood children)  must of course, have transportation to and from the camp.

We hope that you will join with us to help send our kids to camp!

Thank you,

Barbara & Mark


2015 Budget Estimates  for the Camp

Anticipated census: 100 campers ages 4 to 16

T-shirts $ 2.50 x 100         $ 250

Art Supplies                        $ 200

Snack $0.50 per child      $2,400  ($0.50 x 100 kids x 6 days = $ 300 x 8 weeks = $2400)

Certificate $0.75 x 100    $     75   Completion certificates used in end of camp ceremony

Transportation 1              $1,920   (2 tuk tuk for 30 kids $ 20 round trip x 6 days = $ 240 wk x 8 wks = $1920

Transportation 2              $  960   ($20 round trip est. 10 kids from FSP x 6 days x 8 weeks = $960

Party supplies & Food    $  200    ( estimated 150 persons)

Buses for water park      $   300    (estimated 3 buses)

Entry fee water park     $   300    ( estimated at $3.00 per camper)

Misc. expenses 8 weeks               $1,000   ( covers unanticipated expenses, supplies, extra transportation, more

                                                         campers,  etc)

Fund raising costs            $ 750   ( estimated average fundraising costs on GlobalGiving site for project)

Total Budget 2015            $8,255


Summer Arts Camp 2014
Summer Arts Camp 2014

Funding news and Insights at Champey Academy

July 15 is GlobalGiving’s Bonus Match Day . More information in our next update !


Insights at Champey Academy: Using a personalized approach

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 child no longer receives any parental guidance at home .

We became concerned that this teen, for a variety of reasons was particularly vulnerable to potential exploitation and could easily become another teenage victim of street life, drugs and prostitution. Our teams at the FSP and Champey then worked hard to create an individual program to provide a safe and supervised structure for this young person and to provide ongoing adult guidance.

 Many of the students who attend classes at Champey would be considered “ at risk”. They suffer from AIDS, poverty, and a challenged family life at home. Champey offers a safe haven, providing education and activities for children and teens who might otherwise drift toward street life, drugs and prostitution in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.

We are grateful to our generous donors who make this program possible.

Thank you,

Barbara & Mark

Today is Global Giving Match Day!


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

Another benefit of this structure is that donors don't have to give early on Bonus Day to get matched! 

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.  Champey is no exception. Each month can be a balancing act between the needs of the program and the reality of funding.

Champey Academy continues a 15 year effort of Kasumisou Foundation to provide safe activities for at risk children while at the same time providing opportunities to build social skills through art, music and dance. The discipline that children build is on only part of the story. These children  are also learning about their rich culteral heritage  and building a pride of culture that can transform their lives. Other side benefits are the opportunity to make new friends and share experiences.

It is hard to dream without context, and Champey provides  these aspiring artists, musicians and dancers an abundance of opportunity.

We are always grateful to you, our donors, for your continued support.

Thank you,


Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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Organization Information

Kasumisou Foundation

Location: Menlo Park, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Barbara Rosasco
Menlo Park, Ca. United States