Champey Arts Association hosted its first Summer Arts Program in August and September. In addition to the children who are now becoming “ regulars” at Champey, summer campers came from included more than 30 children from the Phnom Penh Municipal Orphanage and several from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program ( FSP) . Children enjoyed a half day session learning traditional Cambodian dances and music. Traditional Cambodian music is a key part of the dance and teaches children the history and stories behind the dance.
Local daily attendance has continued to increase at Champey, with some days seeing as many as 100 local children coming to participate during the course of a day. Our goal of building community and becoming a place for kids is gaining ground among local street vendors who found the summer program a great way to safely occupy children during the school break.
The camp session ended with a field trip for all of the campers to a local water park and a graduation performance and party to celebrate their accomplishments.
Your support of our efforts gives us the opportunity create a sense of pride of culture in these students by exposing them to Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage.
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