CAMBODIAN ARTS AND SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   1 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: PO Box 18186 Portland ME 04112 USA

Mission: In Cambodia, few rural villages have the money to adequately staff or support quality secondary schools, so attending secondary school typically means traveling long distances or staying away from home, which is not acceptable for girls in Cambodian culture. Boys have the option to stay in nearby pagodas, but there are no similar housing opportunities for girls. As a result, adult literacy rates in Cambodia are significantly higher for men (82.9%) than for women (61.1%). Currently, more than one in three persons over 25 years of age has not attended school and, of these, 73 percent are women. Yet Cambodian boys and girls start on equal footing in school. They have roughly similar school enrollment rate up to age 10, but then girls start falling behind boys in school enrollment. Grades 4 and 5 see very high dropout rates for girls. As education level increases, enrollment rates of girls decrease. By age 15, male enrollment is 50 percent higher, and by age 18 male enrollment rates are nearly three times as large as female enrollment rates. CASF was founded in response to these statistics!

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After visiting Cambodia in 2004, I become intensely interested in helping the people recover from the genocide of Pol Pot. I was looking for a charitable organization that had low overhead, spent its money on useful projects and not administration and advertising. Although there are many charities and projects I could have participated in, I chose this one because of the focus on helping young girls. Young girls are often sold into sexual slavery because the families can't afford to feed them and boys have more opportunity for work, and therefore are of more financial use to the family.

I held a fundraiser for the Cambodian Arts and Scholarship Foundation and also sent my own money to provide food, bicycles, uniforms, and education so that girls could go to school. I got handwritten updates thanking me and updating me on the progress.

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I have received updates on the students progress as well as seen updates on the website. I have been kept in touch with in this personal way even when I haven't donated that year. It's a very personal experience that I recommend for people who want to be involved, but maybe can't go to Cambodia and do the work themselves.

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None. I think they are great at staying focused on the goal and spend money where it is needed. They are on the ground and personally involved, so they know where the need is and are not just taking some advisor's word for it.

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