A Message from the President
The theme for 2016 Cambodian Culture Festival is “Share Our World”
On behalf of the Fall River Cambodian community, we would like to invite you to join us in this celebration. This gathering is a milestone for our community as we advocate for peace and acceptance of diversity. As new paradigms continue to transform us, it has become more important than ever before to connect by sharing, contributing towards the community and advocating for solidarity. We hope that this festival will be a platform for people of all nations to meet and create bonds of everlasting friendship and understanding. This will be a great opportunity for all of us to come together and build a meaningful compromise on how to address common challenges. Let us pave the path for the younger generations and “Lead by Example.”
As a CARO member since 2013, I have watched our organization grow and evolve along with our beloved city. The organization today has representations from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who share the common goal of wanting to enrich the local community in ways that benefit all residents, by providing information about Cambodian heritage and promoting awareness of the Cambodian culture. We recognize that everyone with various background and experiences can deliver fresh ideas and give us the opportunity to learn from each other. We encourage interactions with all interested groups and organizations to promote the cultural diversity of our residents. Our members range from young professional to seniors. Some members have just moved to town while others have lived here a lifetime.
CARO members have a desire to move forward as an organization by working on bridging the gap between generations and providing culturally diverse programs that will offer insight into religious and historical activities. With this in mind, we also intend to provide ongoing education, outreach, and a variety of services that will help to improve the lives of everyone in our great community.
It’s an exciting time for The Cambodian American Rescue Organization (CARO)! We are planning for the future. We want to rebuild the Cambodian Community Center so that our members will have a home and space for collaborative work. We are creating an organizational “roadmap” for the next several years through an extensive strategic planning effort.
To our members, sponsors, friends and family– thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty to our cause. We are optimistic for 2016 and hope that this event will bring cultures together and be the beginnings of new friendships. We also look forward to increasing our partnerships with community members, organizations and businesses so please consider joining us to make this event a success.
Cambodian American Rescue Organization
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website! To better serve our community, we at Cambodian American Rescue Organization, Inc. will continue our endeavor to develop programs that enhance the lives of individuals.
Our Vision: To help strengthen and promote appreciation between generations, not limited to the Cambodian American community, through inclusion in a diverse array of community events.
Our Mission: Cambodian American Rescue Organization, Inc. (CARO) is a nonprofit organization that strives to raise awareness about the lively Cambodian culture in our local community. CARO is operated by many dedicated volunteers from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who share the common goal of enriching the local community in ways that benefit all residents, not only by providing information about Cambodian heritage and promoting awareness of the Cambodian culture, but also by interacting with all interested groups and organizations to promote the cultural diversity of our residents by recognizing that people from different backgrounds and experiences bring fresh ideas and give us the opportunity to learn from each other. We are determined to move forward as an organization by working on bridging the gap between generations and providing culturally diverse programs that will offer insight into religious and historical activities. With this in mind, we also intend to provide ongoing education, outreach, and a variety of services that will help to improve the lives of everyone in our great community.
There are approximately 3,000 Cambodian Americans living in the city of Fall River who are making contributions to the city at all professional levels with their involvement in the communities in which they live.
- In the course of our work, CARO has developed a set of principles that work as guidelines for all our projects.
- The principles proceed from various sources – our natural instincts, the rich heritage culture of our home base in Cambodian, and our practical experience on the ground in United State of American by merging into a single philosophy of caring and sharing.
Being transparent means being open and honest in what we do, it means that the way we spend donations is always open to public examination.It means that all our programs and projects are open for all to see. It means that we always discuss everything we do with all of the people and agencies involved, seeking their input and advice.
We believe that diversity – the widest possible range of opinions, cultural backgrounds, languages and influences – is critical to the fullest expression of the human and all of its aspirations.
To that end, the Cambodian American Rescue Organization Inc. is committed to encouraging and protecting diversity as a key component of our projects and programs. That commitment keeps us sensitive to regional differences and languages, minority cultures and individual goals and preferences. At Heart for Cambodian American, we believe in and actively support the rule that in many ways we are one.
The fairness principle drives us to see both sides of every question, to strive for just outcomes that benefit everyone and to apple the benefits of our programs equally to every child who is within the orbit of our projects.
Fairness means treating everyone who is involved with the Cambodian American Rescue Organization, Inc. – donors and sponsors, agency and government partners, teachers and social workers, committee members and the children whom we try to help – with equal respect.
In some ways, the principle of inclusiveness incorporates aspects of all the other principles – transparency, fairness, diversity and sustainability – because to be truly inclusive in all that we do, we have to practice all of the other principles.
Being inclusive means that as much and as far as possible, we do is “bottom up” rather than “top down” in theory and practice. It means that we include everyone concerned with our projects and programs from the very beginning and that we take notice of what people tell us that they need and what they want us to do for them.
It also means that we include input from the children themselves and that we always give them a voice in shaping our programs and projects.