Since 1999, Kasumisou Foundation has provided care and support to the AIDS afflicted poor in and around Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. With the founding of our AIDS Patients Family Support Program (FSP) in 2000, we instituted a formalized effort to provide homeless and destitute women afflicted by mid-to-late stages of AIDS with basic housing, monthly food support, and sponsorship for the school expenses of their primary and secondary school age dependent children.
In the early years of our Family Support Program, we did also provide antiretroviral medicines (ARVs, often referred to as the "AIDS cocktail") to some of our patients including their HIV positive children and the HIV positive orphaned children of women who had died in our program. However, thanks to the contribution of free medicines by the UN's Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Cambodia, it became unnecessary for us to provide those life prolonging but very expensive medicines. We continue to focus on providing the destitute women and children in our program with modest housing, food support, school expenses, basic medicines, transportation to and from medical appointments, and constant counseling and encouragement.
On average and at any given time, our program now serves approximately 35 to 40 AIDS afflicted women and their approximately 70 dependent children. We also continue to serve some AIDS orphans who are the children of women who died while in the care of our Family Support Program (FSP).