Can you imagine leaving your home country because you didn't have enough food for your family, then walking for 3 days and 3 nights to a neighboring country with the family in the hope of being able to feed them? That's what Sambo experienced in 1980 having left Cambodia and then went to Thailand, moving from camp to camp. Her mother passed away at one of the camps. Her journey eventually led her to the Philippines then to the U.S. She and her husband Vansong have a touching story, and they share some of it here with us as Links #30 and #31 in the Catalyst Giving Chain. Watch them here!
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We've made it past the halfway point for our Catalyst Giving Chain project and so we're having a gathering to introduce some of the Links to everyone. It'll be a fun time for you to meet them, reconnect with each other, and talk about how we can continue to inspire empathy and understanding in our community. Will you join us?
The gathering will be on Sunday, August 10th at 3:00PM at Gina M. Woodruff Gallery, 5555 E. Stearns Street, Suite 203, Long Beach, CA 90815. It's in the area where there's a Target and a Trader Joe's off of Bellflower Blvd in Long Beach. If you go on Stearns Street, it's nearest the cross street of Stearns & Marwick. This is behind Trader Joe's (not in the plaza next to it). Once you find the address and park, there will be a lobby entrance that let's you go upstairs.
If you can join us, please RSVP and let us know so that we can plan refreshments and space accordingly. To RSVP, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be art on display throughout the gallery and the owner has offered to donate a percentage of any purchases back to the Giving Chain project - so if you're so inclined to get something you like, yay!
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Leakhena is a mother and child care provider in Long Beach and loves the freedom of making her own schedule. She's a good friend of Rita (Link #28) and as Link #29 in the Catalyst Giving Chain, Leakhena received some groceries from us. Check out some of her story here!
This is Rita. She is a fashion designer and researcher and is passionate about creating more jobs in Cambodia in the fashion industry - not just low-level production but also creating fashion design. As Link #28 in the Catalyst Giving Chain, she's got a great message! Get to know her a little bit through her video here:
"Meng" is a wonderful woman who is passionate about preserving Cambodian culture and especially wedding traditions. As Link #27 on the Catalyst Giving Chain, she received a hand-made Cambodian outfit that she can add to her collection. As a refugee, she traveled from Cambodia to Thailand, and eventually made her way to the U.S. and landing in Long Beach where she settled, went to school, and built her career of serving others. Watch what she has to say in the video below!
The next participant in the Catalyst Giving Chain is Socheat. He established the Mietophoum National Library and Cultural Center (aka the Mietophoum - Khmer Spirit Center) located in Cambodia Town at 2338 E. Anaheim Street, Suite 102, Long Beach, CA 90804. His heart is to preserve Cambodian culture, history, literature, and music while educating people about his culture. As Link #26, he received $50 worth of books to add to their extensive library! Check out his brief video here.
This is Caydee. She's passionate about anthropology and religious studies because it says so much about the human experience. She's also very passionate about the Cambodian community and culture. Hear more about her and watch how she's participating as Link #25 in the Catalyst Giving Chain!
This is Jane. She's a young college student at Cal State University, Long Beach. As Link #24 in the Catalyst Giving Chain, she shares her story of what it was like to look after her younger sisters when her mom got sick and had to live in Mexico until she recovered. Check out her brief story here!
Brandon is a cool guy with a passion for acting and movies. He currently goes to Cal State University, Long Beach majoring in Film. He wants to use acting as a way to encourage others. In this video, he talks about what it was like for him as a kid being shy and bullied and how his friends played a key role in helping him to come out of his shell. Shara (Link #22) chose Brandon (Link #23) as the next participant in the project and so we got him some t-shirts at Target. Check him out! #gocatalyst #givingchain #InspireEmpathy
As Link #20 on the Catalyst Giving Chain, Keith shares about his life recovering from drugs and alcohol and how he's used those experiences to help others. Watch his video here and please like, comment, and share it!
#gocatalyst #givingchain #InspireEmpathy
This week's video for Link #19 on the Catalyst Giving Chain is of Daryl. He's got a genuine passion for serving those who are homeless and anyone who seems to be in need. Check him out!
We didn't have a sponsor for this participant which means we won't be able to sustain the project for much longer without your generous support. Can you help by making a donation so that we can continue doing this project? Anything and everything helps! Thanks! You can make a tax-deductible donation here: http://www.gocatalyst.org/donate/
This week's video of the Catalyst Giving Chain is Conrad. He is Link #18 on the project and here he talks about being a student, working in a hospital, and shares his thoughts about empathy. Check out what he received from us because Shelly thought of him!
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Here's this week's video for the Catalyst Giving Chain. Watch and get to know a little bit about Shelly's heart for serving the homeless here in Long Beach. Thanks to Earl Harville for sponsoring this week's "Give" to make it possible for Shelly and her ministry. #gocatalyst #givingchain #InspireEmpathy