In July 1979, Amanda Sam’s family walked for three days and nights with nothing but a small sack with clothing, a sleeping mat, a couple of blankets, a mosquito net, a shovel, a water bucket, and very little food until they reached the Thai border. Their journey through the jungle was filled with danger. They drank water with human bodies floating in it, ate food that had been long spoiled, and walked on grassy land infested with land mines and booby traps. They lived on the land for three months before they were moved to a refugee camp.
Years later, Amanda got a second chance at living a good life in a new country. But she is continually reminded of the sufferings of the Cambodian people who lack the simple things we take for granted: food, shelter, clothing, clean water, schools, and medicine. Knowing herself what it is like to be scared and hungry, she has a strong passion to give back.
Check out Amanda’s non-profit, One Hundred Pounds of Hope, which provides families in rural Cambodia with food, education, and hope for the future. http://onehundredpoundsofhope.org/
Join us May 21st at 1pm for a talk with Cambodian genocide survivor Amanda Sam. Amanda’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session. The program is free and open to the public, and off street parking is available.
Check out the event page for more information.