“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
In August 2012, I will embark on a once in a lifetime aid expedition with Catalyst Foundation. I will fly to Vietnam and spend a week working to improve the lives of children whose only advocate is YOU! These are children who were born and have lived their entire lives at a garbage dump. Whole communities that have been forgotten!
As many of you know, I fell in love with Catalyst Foundation through my brother but also through Caroline the founder and director of Catalyst. Both have challenged me to think more about those less fortunate than us.
My brother went on a similar aid expedition in 2002 and it dramatically changed his life. He then spent the next ten years volunteering every chance he had with Catalyst. He has seen this NGO grow from a small grassroots organization to it being featured in a 3-part series on CNN. He has seen the impact it makes in not only one child’s life but 240! He has rescued trafficked girls, worked with and educated local authorities to stop traffickers in the province, but more importantly...he has seen that they now have HOPE!
Catalyst Foundation helps build communities in Vietnam to fight child trafficking.
In the five years Catalyst Foundation has worked with this community, they have not only built a built a school but havealso expanded to include supporting community self-governance, gaining identity papers, education on basic hygiene, pre and postnatal education, vocational training for older students, adult literacy classes, alternative housing, savings program and a microloan program. Built on the respect that the community can choose its own path, their programs utilize the understanding that the community ultimately will be able to sustain themselves.
Now this is my chance to be a catalyst … to be able to meet the children that inspire my brother, to visit their homes, to meet their parents, to hear about their hopes and dreams.
Catalyst inspires me to change myself so that I will change the world. They challenge us to change how we think, how we feel and what actions we take.
They challenge us to BE that CHANGE!
As part of our aid expedition I need to raise $1000. Our team of 40 volunteers from across the USA will be raising money to build a cafeteria to provide hot meals for the students, provide medical care, purchase bicycles and provide backpacks full of school supplies for the upcoming school year.
There is still time for you to support my efforts with a donation. The net proceeds will support Catalyst Foundation and their work in Vietnam.
Thank you for your support and consideration in helping me reach my goal. If you have any questions you can contact me directly or visit their website for more information: www.catalystfoundation.org
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