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Dance to heal!

Girls fit their ballet skirts during their dance class at the Ballet Santa Teresa academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ballet Santa Teresa, a non-governmental organization (NGO), gives children who live in areas with social risk, some suffering domestic violence, free ballet classes and other activities as a part of a socio-cultural integration project. The school offers classical and modern dance, along with health-awareness lessons and English tutoring. The program hopes to integrate children from favela communities with bordering neighborhoods and improve their future opportunities.

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Wendyiscalm's picture

This is monumental and you

This is monumental and you are all to be applauded. When I was little and lived on what we called "the wrong side of the tracks", my mother somehow managed to send me for piano lessons as we had an old cheap out of tuned piano in the house. I was good and practiced often as there was nothing else to do at our poor house. Then different clubs in town invited me to play at their monthly meetings, then I entered some talent shows and won some. I not only learned music, I learned how other healthy people lived their lives, and perhaps most importantly, I learned I could be "SOMEBODY" in the face of all the dysfunction and torture I had been through.

Long live the arts and my hat off to these lovely dancers and the people who created and support this opportunity

Ubuntu (Wendy Stebbins)

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Omid's picture

Thanks for sharing your story

Dear Wendy,

Thank you for sharing your story with me. I was touched.

Art is essential for everyone. It is a great way for inspiration, relaxation, and expression. And most importantly, it is a great way to start a healing journey or as it was for you and many others self-discovery.

High prevalence of domestic violence in America disheartens me. We still don't even have a standard protocol to diagnose the victims in emergency room. Women and girls are losing their life everyday even in country as advanced as America on daily bases. We need more profound and systematic approach to solve this issue from the root.

S.Omid

Wendyiscalm's picture

THE PIANO SAVED MY LIFE

Hi Omid,

So good to hear from you. I want to make something clear because perhaps it can help some of you. The piano SAVED MY LIFE. My mother was an alcoholic. She emotionally tortured my brother and me many times a day in many ways, at home and in the community. I have always said the only thing that saved me was sitting at the piano and banging out the music, playing, getting lost in the music. If I stopped practicing for a minute and she was on the telephone, she got off the phone and came over and slapped me across the face. So, yes my dear, my heart goes out to all of you.

I wish I could wrap my arms around all of you and make you all better. All I can ask is that you keep communicating all of what you have written on World Pulse so that we become aware of all this in a big way. Some one, some way will help if this is made more known.

I love you,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

I can only imagine how must have you felt as you were growing up under the condition that you describe. Here in my community, we have a program that students who know how to play an instrument will teach it to underprivileged kids.
Those kids not only get a change to have a mentor who they can look up to them, but also get to express themselves in a positive way.
It is definitely a empowering tool.

Hopefully, 50 years from now, this is just a dark spot in the history of human being. And we are in a better place that we are right now.

Thanks for reading my journal.
btw, do you still play piano?

S.Omid

Hi Omid,

Thanks for your response also. I am very impressed by the ingenuity of your having the children who know how to play an instrument teaching disabled children. This makes the disabled kids feel important and like they are somebody and it teaches the children who know how to play to give back to the community while raising their own self-esteem. This is outstanding.

Yes, I still play classical music. My children used to go to sleep at night in their beds listening to me downstairs playing Fuer Elise by Beethoven on our piano.

Keep up the beautiful spirit and work.

Ubuntu,

Wendy

And yes, it was dark, cold and lonely at that time. Very perceptive of you, Omid.

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Omid's picture

I felt I need to share this with you.

Dear Wendy,

It is hard to hear the scream of Iranian women and stories of what they are going through due to high internet filtration in Iran.

Even inside the country there is only few organization that dares to reach out and help them. Omid-e-mehr is one of those organization. check out their website to see how they use art to heal and save women and girl's life: http://www.omid-e-mehr.org.

Let me know what do you think.

S.Omid

Wendyiscalm's picture

I checked out your web site

Hi Omid,

I checked out your website which is both interesting and disheartening. I just don't know what to say. Because my own NGO is struggling financially I cannot help out monetarily. However, if there is some other way I can help, i.e. get the word out, write a women's empowerment monthly or weekly column or such, I am happy to.

It sounds like you are all VERY active with your fundraising and I think it is all going to come together, albeit not quickly enough. Your work is amazing.

With respect and ubuntu,

Wendy Stebbins

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Omid's picture

Thanks for your kind offer

Dear Wendy,

I volunteered at Omid-e-mehr for a summer. And yes, it is a great organization. If their work inspire you to write an column about them, It is great. I would love to read it once it is done. Few plp know about this organization that empower women in Iran. And there is a lot of room for giving Iranian women to voice out their stories.

Your gesture to raise awareness about Iranian women, and their struggles by writing about them can go a long way for them. Thank you for your generous offer.

Btw, I am slowly making my way through your journal. It is interesting and inspiriting. power to you.

With Respects,

S.Omid

Wendyiscalm's picture

Hi Omid

It is such an honor to know you. I leave for Zambia to work with my street orphans and my NGO in this developing country. But when I get back, I would like to write an article to specifically bring awareness about the Iranian women. I believe I can do it in a spirit that will make people FEEL the power they have to get involved even in a small way.

BUT may I ask you, where can I get much more information to prepare myself for a credible really good column.

Thank you. I leave tomorrow and get back the third week of September about. Stay well.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Omid's picture

have a safe trip

Wow. That sounds great.

Do you have a specific topic that you would like to focus on? and were you thinking about posting it in Worldpulse?

I can recommend wide range of resources depending on how you like to go about writing it. I might even be able to arrange an interview with the founder of the omid-e-mehr organization.

Have a safe trip to Zambia and please keep us posted about your journey there.

I can't thank you enough for joining me in helping to give Iranian women a voice that they deserve.

Ubuntu

S.Omid

Wendyiscalm's picture

Hi Omid

Before I leave I want to to say thank you and let you know I will contact you in a couple and a half weeks when I get back . Perhaps you have a good topic in mind. When I get settled in Africa I will read all about the omid-e-mehr when I get back to the hotel at night and you can lave me some other sources if you want. Then when I get back we can put our heads together as to what would be best. I would not have a problem writing a column that is both inspiring but that also gives these women a simple new step in each column to actually begin to build their INNER power, since they cannot always accomplish their out goals as quickly. But what you have inside no one can ever take away from you. For me in life, under adverse situations, it was my inner power that lead to my inner strength that finally made the out reality better.Developing spirit doesn't mean your work is all right. Whether it is a one time article for World Pulse or wherever you suggest, or a monthly column for Iranian women I think together we can have an impact.

I hope you will add your input and thoughts and ideas.

I will contact you when I get back.

Ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Omid's picture

looking forward to hear from you

Sounds good me. Please get in touch when you come back. I am excited to work with you.

Ubuntu,

S.Omid

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