Changing young lives !
One of the goals of Kasumisou Foundation is to bring positive change to young lives. We do this in a variety of ways: education, social support and exposure to the rich artistic heritage of Cambodia. The Summer Arts Camp is one way that we help disadvantaged children to see the world from a different view.
Our annual Summer Arts Camp was originally conceived as just a fun summer activity to benefit disadvantaged children from the municipal orphanage and an AIDS hospice that is located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. However, for some participants, it has proven to be more than just a way to keep busy during the annual summer holiday from school. Instead, it has provided not only an exciting introduction into the world of traditional dance and music, but it has also provided an opportunity to break free from the motonony of institutional life. It offers an opportunity for students to challenge themselves daily as they master the physical skills and intense concentration required by Cambodian traditional dance.
Following the conclusion of our Summer Arts Camp 2011 in late September of last year, three boys from the municipal orphanage requested permission to continue to attend daily classes at the Apsara Arts school.
In order to do so, these three boys, sharing two borrowed bicycles, rode more than 5 km ( about 2 miles) each way to attend the classes each day, 6 days per week. Now as we prepare for the start of Summer Arts Camp 2012, these boys continue to attend daily classes at the Apsara Arts Association and their skill levels have improved to such a degree that the boys are often invited to take part in the weekly public performances given by the students at the Apsara Arts school.
This is a great example that shows how a small investment in a young person can bloom and perhaps transform a life. As we approach preparation and planning for the Summer Arts Camp 2012, we hope that you will continue to support our efforts to enrich the lives of these and other children.
Thank you again for your generous support.
Barbara & Mark Rosasco