Together We Are Transformed
“Together we are transformed”
I am finding it difficult to put this post into words. Ask me to speak aloud how moved I was by what is happening at Amani Ya Juu (http://www.amaniafrica.org/) and I can passionately share every detail, but ask me to come back and write it in words-my page remains blank. This may be because I felt something resonate with my personal journey, but it is also because I want every reader to come away knowing that peace is happening!
Amani Ya Juu is a sewing and training program for marginalized women based in East Africa. These women come from Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, Liberia-Bassa, Congo, Somali, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Think about standing in a circle of women representing all of these African countries, then think about the power they have to transform not just Africa, but the world. Together they created the unity quilt (one corner of it is pictured above) to illustrate how reconciliation is celebrated traditionally by their people. But, as you can guess they did not stop there! Their children created a quilt with all of their handprints sewn together. These children will grow up knowing nothing but love for each other. Just as I have said before moms have the ability to multiply their advocacy.
The work these women are doing goes far beyond making handbags, home décor, jewelry, women’s wear, and children’s items. It is about transformation, for themselves, their children, and their continent. They demonstrate without a doubt that “together we are transformed”. This trip has placed me in a global circle of women. I have learned clearly that we are all connected and that our voice, our compassion, and our action can CHANGE THE WORLD!!
Our ONE Mom action for the day is tied in with our morning visit meeting with teachers and students in one of Nairobi’s slum district. Again, it was another reminder that we all want the same for our children. This will have to be a post for another time, but for now you can watch our video “Chieftainess” about a remarkable woman who is teaching her community about the importance of education. Then share the video with your friends and leave a comment: