Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey

by Kasumisou Foundation
Student drawing of a pug photo
Student drawing of a pug photo

Champey Academy of Arts - Focus on Art

We often talk about the opportunity for cultural enrichment that Champey Academy offers its young students. Although much of our  effort focuses on music and dance, as you can see from these photos, we also have some wonderfully talented young artists. Your generous support  provides the opportunities for these kids to develop and demonstrate their skills. This report has a few photos that will give you an idea of some of our student  accomplishments:

The first drawing is a drawing made by a student and  taken from a photo of  a beautiful pug dog.  Next you see  a variety of other photos that speak for themselves and which showcase the  considerable ability that  classes at Champey  is developing through instruction and also  the knock on effect of creating a sense of pride and accomplishment in our students. The last photo shows  the scenery back-drop for our original eco play , Our Friends In the Forrest, which was  was painted by our own art students a couple of years ago. 

As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to send  all of you our sincere  thanks for believing in our students as much as we do and to again say thank you to you all  for your generous support.


Barbara & Mark Rosasco

Artist, age 10, shows still life she is working on
Artist, age 10, shows still life she is working on
Students practice drawings of dancer
Students practice drawings of dancer's hand
Student shows drawing he is working on
Student shows drawing he is working on
Scenery painted by our students for our own play
Scenery painted by our students for our own play


Mark is just back from his quarterly trip Cambodia . During each trip, Mark meets with all of the staff and leaders and reviews each project thoroughly for progress , participation and to explore areas of future innovation and improvement.

Key to our continued success with this program is reliable funding. GlobalGiving will offer a first month match on recurring donations made during the month of December . Not only do recurring donations help us to have stable funding, the bonus match on the first month's contribution will add to our year end fundraising goals.

Champey Academy continues to fulfill its roll as a “ go to “ place for young people in its neighborhood in Phnom Penh. Daily dance classes, in traditional Cambodian dance,  are quite full most days, averaging 60 or more participants . The school is becoming better known as a tourist destination, which gives students a receptive audience for their practice sessions.

Music and art  classes are full to over flowing.  Eager music students typically  outnumber the traditional Cambodian instruments that they seek to learn, so teaching is not as efficient as one might hope as students must take turns on the instruments. The Roneat Ek, which is a xylophone like instrument is the most popular among all the students. Champey owns one and our music teacher frequently brings one to class. If possible, we would like to purchase another Roneat Ek in 2016, funds permitting.

There are 5 kinds of musical instruments being used in the class:

  1. Roneat Ek which is a xylophone like instrument of which there are three general types
  2. Roheat Thoong ( one of the three types)
  3. Kong Thom which is a bell type instruments of various tones arranged in a circle on a stand
  4. Skor thom or Big Drum
  5. Skor Samphor - another type of drum that is similar to the big drum

At times we may also have loans of stringed instruments for use by the students.

This introduction and access to traditional Cambodian music is just one of several things that we introduced in 2014 and which has been a great success amount the students.

All of this is possibly only through the generous support of our donors for which we are deeply grateful.

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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



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Kasumisou Foundation

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