BENEFITING: CATALYST FOUNDATION
Last year while I was in Vietnam I had the opportunity to meet and work with the Catalyst Foundation community, who have lived and worked in a garbage dump. Even as an outsider they welcomed me with open arms and made me feel at home. During my time there I was able to go to the Waterpark with some of the deserving children of the community at the end of the school year. It was one of my favorite trips during my time abroad.
To get to the waterpark we had to take a 6 hour bus ride up to Saigon. For some of the children it was their first time on a vehicle that was not a motorbike, so they all took motion sickness pills before getting onto the bus. I got to sit on the bus with all the crazy kids for 6 hours.
When we finally arrived to the waterpark they couldn't wait to throw off their backpacks, run through the gates, and jump in the water. I've been to a waterpark hundreds of times but I still felt excited. Seeing their smiles took me back to that excitment. I forget how lucky I am to be able to just go to a waterpark or even on a bus at my leisure.
That leads me to one year later, the present time. Children who weren't able to attend last year have been working extra hard and wondering if they get to attend this time around. But unfortunately at this time there is not a trip planned.
Just knowing that some of those kids have been working so hard to go on the trip this year because they missed out last year made me want to ensure they get a trip! So I gave myself this goal of raising enough money for them so they can have another trip to the waterpark.
My goal is to raise $1,000 that will be put towards the trip. BUT if I am able to raise $1,000 dollars, there is an anonymous donor that will match the $1,000. With that amount over 250 deserving children in the Catalyst community will be able to go into the city, some for the first time, and enjoy something we sometimes take for granted.
So please help give these children a small reward for all the work that they do during the school year. Plus, it's such a great way for them to kick off the summer!!!
The school year ends on May 25th so lets make it happen!!!
*No donation is too small.