The MAYE Center was created by Laura Som (story below), a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide (synopsis below). When Laura found refuge in Long Beach, CA she saw an overwhelming population of other refugees unknowingly suffering through their day to day life–many do not realize their unhealthy tendencies are a result of trauma experiances.
Knowing our ancestors have the wisdom and guidance our community needs, MAYE was cultivated by looking back to our roots.
OUR PURPOSE The MAYE Center is here to help those in our community cultivate self-healing, resiliency, and wellness through proven, culturally sensitive, and environmentally healthy means.
OUR GOAL is to make tools and knowledge of self-healing available to our members in hopes of empowering the community. and show those who may be struggling that positive energy is just a MAYE Center away.
HISTORY of the Cambodian Genocide
The Cambodian Genocide began in 1975 and lasted until 1979. The Khmer Rouge was a Communist Political Party in Cambodia who believed returning to more simple ways of agricultural and farming culture was the right direction for the entire country. They believed citizens with a background in arts, intelligence, or technology would fight against the Khmer Rouge's plan. Teachers, students, politicians, painters, sculptors, women, children, infants; few were spared. Concentration camps were set up around the country and prisoners were forced to dig their own graves.
Fleeing from the Genocide, refugees came by boat to the west coast of the United States. Long Beach, CA is where many survivors found home; some even found family they did not know were still alive. Located in Cambodia Town in Long Beach, CA, The MAYE Center promotes self-healing in the community which paves the way for health of mind, body, and spirit through generations to generation. For the past few years, the MAYE Center has been working with Cambodian health professionals to create a holistic integrated health system in Long Beach.
The MAYE Center STORY
>> This is the story of Laura Rhatmeny Som,
a Khmer Rouge survivor and founder of The MAYE Center. Even with her traumatic memories, Laura is strong and shares her story, tools for healing, and encouraging spirit from her home country of Cambodia to the Long Beach community.