Chath pierSath went to the United States as a refugee in 1981 at the age of 10. While growing up in the United States, he had always intended to return to his homeland, using his education to help rebuild his country in some way. Since he returned to Cambodia for the first time in 1994 to work as a volunteer for the Cambodian-American National Development Organization (CANDO), he has lived between his adopted home in the United States and in Cambodia, contributing his skills to a variety of development organizations. Over the last 13 years, Chath has brought his unique perspective and experience to local non-governmental organizations during various stages of their development by assisting them in fundraising, program operations and strategic planning. Chath is an experienced facilitator and trainer, having facilitated strategic planning and program designs for Human Rights Vigilance of Cambodia and Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development, among others. He has been at the forefront of fundraising efforts for Cambodian NGOs in the areas of public health, human rights, and the arts. His strength in strategic thinking and writing has allowed him to assist these organizations in conceptualizing and designing programs and writing successful proposals for funders. He is fluent in English and Khmer, with an intermediate knowledge of French, an asset that he has brought to all of his professional endeavors, allowing him to liaise between local and international organizations and officials of all levels. He has worked extensively in the area of mental health, in positions ranging from work with street children on psycho-social issues to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS prevention with Cambodia’s lesbian, transgender and gay community. An accomplished self-taught artist, Chath has brought his creativity to his work in development, using drama, visual art, and dance in mental health education and community outreach. In addition to paid positions, Chath has been an active member of every community he has called home, serving on several boards of non-profits as well as giving of his time volunteering.
Sharing one's gift or skill in order to bring about a better world and deepen our shared humanity.
Everyone has a gift to share. Everyone has the ability to learn and acquire various skills to better our lives. Everyone has knowledge and wisdom into the human conditions. Everyone wants to share something. What if we each share something that we know and learned with each other on a global scale? What if we travel to other countries just to learn about others and share our one gift? That gift, for example, can be providing a teacher's training to a village's school in a developing country. An architect can help people design and build affordable housing, using environmentally and sustainable local materials. A biologist can devise a seed bank so people can reforest their village. A farmer can share sustainable methods of farming. We all have a gift. Why not harness our individual gifts, share them and make our lives and our world better at the same time?
Community, sustainable development and our individual role in society and what we each like to contribute to the betterment of our world.
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