Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!

by Kasumisou Foundation
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!
Build dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College!

It is hard to believe that our final student is nearing the end of her studies.

As a very young child, Ms. S  had  lost a parent to AIDS  and throughout most of her  childhood, she had  received support through our AIDS Patients Family Support Program.    Now at  A24 years old, our Ms. S   is about to achieve her dream of a college degree. 

Always an eager and hard working student, Ms. S will complete her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.  She plans to continue working part time at Champey Academy while pursuing her next big goal, a Master’s Degree.  Her dream is to work for an NGO or international organization in the field of education with a specific goal of helping disadvantaged Cambodian youngsters to complete their educations, where her own journey to success could show students some  tangible results of the value of education. Now , Ms. is in the  final class  of her program and she should complete this in the first quarter of 2023, just  a bit later than initially expected.

We are very proud of Ms. S and  we  are eager to see her achievements   as she moves forward. 

Ms. S's  accomplishment was made possible  by your generous  support. Your  faith in her  ability to succeed and your generosity has transformed  the life path  of  Ms. S.  and we are deeply grateful.

We hope that you will join with us on Tuesday, Nov 22 , Giving Tuesday at GlobalGiving, where donations will receive a proportional match from a pool of $1.2 million dollars. 

Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving,

Mark & Barbara

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It is  and has been a considerable challenge to report on the very slow moving process of completing an education. There is not a lot of excitement along the way, but rather the slow rhythm  of  making progress.

But, this summer we are celebrating!  Two truly exceptional young women in our Kasumisou Scholars/Build Dreams program will mark the successful completion of their undergraduate studies and will receive their Bachelor’s degrees from local universities in Phnom Penh. 

Both of these young women have been with us since they were toddlers.  One of them is now 26 years old and the other is now 23 years old.  Both of them lost a parent to AIDS and throughout most of their childhoods their families received support through our AIDS Patients Family Support Program.   

One of them will receive her degree in English language and literature and her dream is eventually to be a professor of English.  To achieve that dream she will need to complete graduate studies in English and get some experience as a teacher of English.  She currently works in the office at our Champey Academy of Arts school of traditional arts in Phnom Penh and, in addition to her regular office duties at our school, she volunteers in her spare time there to teach English to a few students and one of our dance teachers.  She plans to continue working full time at Champey Academy before eventually pursuing a Master’s degree in English.  The other woman, who also works in the office at Champey Academy, will complete her studies in August for a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.  She plans to continue working part time at Champey Academy while pursuing her Master’s Degree.  Her dream is to work for an NGO or international organization in the field of education with a specific goal of helping disadvantaged Cambodian youngsters to complete their educations.  

We are very proud of the accomplishment of both of these young women and expect great things from them as they proceed further in their educations and their chosen career fields.

It has been the steadfast support of you, our generous donors who have made the transformation of these two young women possible. Your belief and generosity has forever changed their life path.

We are deeply grateful. On behalf of these young women, please accept our heart felt thanks.

Barbara & Mark

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Please mark your calendar: Little by Little Donor Donor Match Campaign April 4-8 

 

In this update, we are so pleased and proud to say that three of our scholars are fast approaching the “ finish line” in pursuit of their goal of a college education.  Today we will spotlight two  of our three students who work full time at our dance and art school, Champey Academy, handling accounting, reporting and other administrative tasks.

Ms. S.P., now 26 years old,  has begun her final term of study in  her  fourth year of her Bachelor’s degree program in English language and she is on track to graduate in August

After graduation,  Ms. S. P. ,who currently works full time while at  Champey Academy, will begin to work  half time  as she seeks a job as an English teacher to gain teaching experience.  Her  near term goal is to be able to teach half time and work half time.  Ms.S.P. is  hoping to continue her education and work towards a Masters Degree.  During Covid, Ms. S.P, had, on her own initiative ,  begun to teach English to  some of the Champey students.

Ms.  SM., now 23 years old, is also in her fourth and final year of her Bachelor’s degree program for International Relations.   She now expects to complete the program of formal study in August , after which she will be required to complete a six month internship before receiving her degree. Ms. SM, too, is  hoping to pursue a Masters Degree in support of  her long term career goal, to work for an organization which supports education for disadvantaged children in Cambodia.

Our third student, Ms. SW is now 21 and she is  in the final year of her three year Associates program in nursing and she is on track to finish her program in November of this year, after which she hopes to eventually pursue a Bachelors degree in nursing abroad.

It is worth mentioning that these three   students have  managed to keep on track despite classes being switched back and forth from  remote learning during COVID, as well as unexpected  schedule changes and other challenges. With eyes on the prize, these three remarkable young women are shining examples of the impact that education can have in breaking the cycle of inherited poverty. These lives are being  forever changed  after receiving  the opportunity  to  explore and develop  their potential.

Despite the  personal tragedy and hardship that  each of these young women experienced during childhood, they  have remained in school, excelled 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.

Your support makes this possible.

None of this would have been possible without the support of  you, our generous donors, for which we are deeply  thankful. Not only did your donations help us to support these three young women during   perilous times of great hardship during their childhood, but your support now has  empowered  these three young women to break the cycle of inherited poverty by seeing the  possibility of a different world and working, bit by bit  towards their goals.

We hope you will join our celebration by participating in GlobalGivings Little by Little Campaign Apriol 4 - April 8 

GlobalGiving will host its “ Little by Little” matching fund event from  April 4 through April 8, offering a 50% match ( $25)  on donations up to $ 50 per each individual, unique donor.  We are hopeful that you will continue to support the efforts of Kasumisou Foundation in this or one of our other programs as a way of expressing your appreciation and celebrating  the achievements of these remarkable young women. 

We are deeply thankful!

Barbara & Mark Rosasco

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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

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Build Dreams.  Send Cambodia kids to college

 

As the Covid virus continues to spread in Phnom Penh,  schools, including the universities, remain locked down and students still study remotely. 

Two of our three scholars continue to pursue their undergraduate degrees, one in English language and literature and the other in international relations. Our students participate in their classes online only as the city remains largely locked down.  Our third student is on a recent and   involuntary pause.

The English language major is now in the first term of her fourth year of study and she is expecting to graduate in June of next year.  After that she hopes to work as an English teacher at her university and later to move to teaching English in one of Phnom Penh’s many private schools.

The International Relations major is in the final term of her third year of study and expect to graduate in 2022.  She hopes to pursue a Masters degree in International Relations after which she wants to pursue a career with either a foreign NGO or one of the multinational organizations such as UNICEF  which has  a presence in Cambodia.  She has a particular interest in working to help disadvantaged children to attend school. 

Our third student  is a nursing student. The “all hands on deck” approach to fighting the pandemic has meant that even nursing students have been called on to help in the hospitals.  She does her classes online during the daytime and works at the hospital in the evenings.  Since Sunday, July 25 she has entered a 14 day quarantine which requires that she remain isolated in the hospital because a doctor with whom she works at the hospital  has contracted Covid.

The good news is that her grades for her first year of nursing school were exceptional and she remains very highly motivated and excited about her future career as a nurse.  

Covid  has presented new challenges to all of us. We are very proud of our dedicated students who , despite unexpected challenges, continue to work hard to achieve their goals and dreams of a college degree.

The progress of these three exceptional young women are only possible because of the generous support of you, our wonderful donors.

We deeply appreciate your support. Truly these three young women are shining examples of lives changed because of your support.

 

Barbara & Mark

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