For 20 years, the Kampot Traditional Music School has been supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children improve their future prospects by training them in traditional Cambodian arts. However, the school is now facing closure due to lack of funding.
An increasing number of arts organisations in Cambodia have to compete against each other for ever-decreasing sources of funding. Following the end of KCDI’s last grant a few months ago, the school has continued to operate by using its reserve funds, but these are fast diminishing.
In an effort to prevent the closure of the school, KCDI has launched an urgent appeal on Global Giving. All donations are gratefully received as we try to ensure that the students continue to experience the support and guidance that every child deserves.
The closure of the Kampot Traditional Music School will have many far-reaching effects. Firstly, this vital resource for preserving original Khmer art forms will be lost. The school has played a vital role in preventing Yike, an ancient form of musical theatre native to the Kampot region, from dying out completely.
The school also provides extra-curricular classes to many children within the community to ensure that all, regardless of their background or circumstances, are able to experience this unique part of their heritage. Without further funding, these children will have to cease their studies and will no longer benefit from the care and services provided to them when they attend.
But the most difficult part of this will be the closure of the residential center, which currently houses 18 children from difficult backgrounds. A quarter of the children have no parents to return to and many of the others come from broken homes or severely deprived backgrounds. Staff are already looking at the logistics of returning these children to their villages as a more cost effective means of supporting them, but without the developmental opportunities afforded by their training and constant monitoring of their welfare by the staff, their future is uncertain.
Staff and volunteers are working to source further grants to continue KCDI’s work, but these take time. Please help support the school through this challenging period to prevent it from closing forever.
Visit our Global Giving page here.