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Despite the challenges posed by the government’s Covid restrictions and, specifically, the requirement for schools to change to remote learning, our three Kasumisou scholars have continued to make steady progress toward their academic goals. As things in Cambodia continue to open up, we are expecting the government to soon announce reopening of the schools for in-classroom learning.
We are pleased to provide this update on the achievements of three students !
At the end of this month Ms. Sm., now 23 years old, will start her fourth and final year of her Bachelor’s degree program. She expects to complete the program of formal study at the end of November 2022 after which she will be required to complete a six month internship before receiving her degree. After that she is hoping to pursue a Masters degree and, ideally, she would like to do so in a foreign country, possibly in Thailand, for example. Her long term career goal is to work for an organization which supports education for disadvantaged children in Cambodia.
Ms. S.P., now 26 years old, is about to begin the fourth and final year of her Bachelor’s degree program in English language. In order to complete her degree she needs one more term of study to be followed by one term of practical experience for which she expects to teach English. Each academic term lasts 16 weeks so she is expecting to complete all requirements for her degree in around July 2022. After receiving her degree she will consider pursuing graduate study but has not yet made a final decision about that.
Ms. Sw., now 21 years old, is about to start the final year of her three year Associates program in nursing. She expects to complete the program at the end of November 2022 and, after doing so, she would like to pursue a Bachelor’s degree abroad.
Overcoming nearly impossilble challenges
It is worth noting these three fine young women have each had to overcome seemingly impossible circumstances . In Cambodia, it is estimated that only 21% of students complete upper grades in high school, our young students are truly remarkable.
Ms. Sm and Ms Sw are sisters whose mother was an early participant in our Family Support program . The mother was terminally ill and passed away 19 years ago. At that time, the mother and the two sisters were blessed with the extraordinary kindness of their mother’s childhood friend , who not only took the family in, but who continued to care for and support the children for these past 19 years. The family, of very modest means ,lives in a small flat. Despite this personal tragedy and hardship, these two sisters have remained in school, excelling in their studies and they are now on the very edge of realizing their life long dream of achieving a college education and the ability to step into a new life.
Ms. Sp and her family , joined our Family Support Program in 2001. Her father passed away in 2002, and after we conthe passed away, we continued to support the family while the 3 children were in school. Now, the children are grown, and all, like Ms. Sp, are self supporting, as is their mother. We have continued to sponsor and support Ms. Sp’s education goals and we are so proud of her accomplishments, as she too, is on the verge of completing her dream of a college degree and entering a new life.
Your support made all the difference!
None of this would have been possible without the support of you, our generous donors, for which we are eternally thankful. Not only did your support help us to support these three young women during the very perilous time of great hardship during their childhood, but your support enabled these three young women to break the cycle of inherited poverty by seeing a possibility of a different world and working towards their considerable achievements.
Now, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and the annual Giving Tuesday fundraising event on November 30, we are hopeful that you will continue to support the efforts of Kasumisou Foundation in this and our other programs.as a way of expressing your thanks for these remarkable young women and their achievements.
Thank you very much , we are deeply thankful to you for your generous support.
Barbara & Mark