Arts for Cambodian Children & Orphans at Champey

by Kasumisou Foundation
Vetted
Jan 16, 2012

2011 Summer Arts Camp For Orphans in Cambodia

Recap & Review:  Summer Arts Camp 2011

Our 2011 Summer Arts Camp hosted 67 campers for a fun filled 6 week session during the summer break from school.  Hosting 67 campers, the 2011 Camp saw a 50/50 mix of new campers and returning campers with children coming from an AIDS  hospice, the Phnom Penh Municipal Orphanage and  children our own AIDS Patient Family Support Program.

The structure remained as in previous years, with resident Apsara Arts Association students  actively engaged to offer Campers a warm welcome and extra assistance as needed.  Campers participated in a curriculum that included a an introduction and /or review of  the basics  of Cambodian dance, introduction to traditional Khmer stories, music and instruments. Teaching staff included Senior Apsara students  apprentice teachers and staff teachers.  Some campers also participated in music lessons, which depended upon availability of instruments.  Campers who completed  the full 6 weeks session received a certificate of achievement and participated in the end of session recital performance and party.

A new play was introduced in 2011 as a modern  compliment to the traditional  Cambodian dance experience. This new play was expressed in dance with characters portrayed as animals  in the forest.  This new play centered upon a theme that showed how  corruption and abuse of can impact a community, and was meant to provide moral  insights to students that can easily be transferred to modern daily life in Cambodia.

The  new play was performed at the  recital performance and the  closing party  was attended by members of the clergy, staff from the Orphanage and a few parents from children from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program. 

Originally started as a trial program in 2009, we will continue the Summer Arts Camp as long  as  dedicated funding  support can be found .

To everyone who made this Camp possible, please accept our heartfelt thanks and the thanks of  children who attended the   2011 Summer Arts Camp.

With best wishes for 2011, we look forward to haring another summer with you and the children in our Summer Arts Camp.

Barbara  & Mark Rosasco

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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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