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The Spark of Activism

The following is a letter to a group of emerging world leaders who are following and supporting us in Congo, organized as Spark540.

To My Partners at Spark540:

I was recently invited to be part of a speaking Tour across a number of U.S. cities. At one of the events, I met Kim Ayers who informed me that I had a young group of partners in the U.S. who wanted to hear from me. I was surprised to say the least! Kim shared with me about the Spark540 community of activists, and their commitment to contributing in life in such a way that their very presence makes a difference in the world. And what Kim was telling me resonated so soundly in me, for I have always lived by the adage that to make a difference, you must personify, or be the difference you envision.

Now, Kim didn’t actually call you “activists”; that’s my word. And I think it’s a good word. An Activist is simply someone who wants to promote positive change in the spiritual, social, political, economic, or environmental spheres of life. An Activist is someone who has been impacted in heart and conscience about a matter and so a passion has been kindled within them, and they can’t relax until the matter is properly addressed.

I wrote an article last year about an Activist friend of mine named Chouchou (pronounced: shoo shoo). The article was entitled: Fighting Evil From Inside Hell. It was about this average woman, who as a teenager became so troubled by what she saw happening to women and girls in our Province, how they were being raped and abused by the thousands, that she began doing interviews with some of the victims. And these interviews were so compelling that radio stations throughout the province began airing the stories on their networks.

The personal, tragic, even horrific testimonies of the women and girl victims touched every heart. Hearing their accounts from their own voice, hearing the anguish revealed in the sound coming forth from their own lips – hearing the story that to them was not just a story, but a part of their personal history, which they now had to deal with, and live with – it was incredibly powerful. And really, it was a dangerous thing that this young lady did. But the way she did it, proved to keep herself and the women giving testimony safe from reprisal. She didn’t accuse or blame or shame anyone; she simply brought the dark stories into the light, and let the power of their messages touch each heart and each conscience.

That is Activism; seeing a wrong and determining a way to right it. And as I mentioned a minute ago, Activism is the result of a passion that has been born within. There are a number of things that I think stir passion – anger, revenge, jealousy, greed are on the negative side. But there is only one thing that rights everything it touches, and that is Love. To truly make a lasting impact as an Activist, your passion must be kindled by Love’s fire; love for truth, love for your neighbor, even love for your enemy. For your enemy is only your enemy because they have not known the love that is resident within you. Your love will inscribe itself on even the darkest soul. Outwardly they may not show it, and would probably deny it, but love works from within, in the secret chambers of our being until just a Spark(540) is able to ignite an internal love-flame that can’t be extinguished.

That’s how we will win. It not us really; it’s Love winning through us. May we give Love free reign within us that we may enjoy the benefit of living in all the good of the world it will create through us.

Yours IN Love,

Neema Namadamu
Founder of the Maman Shujaa of Congo

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jacollura's picture

Thank you, Neema

Neema, thank you for your courage, your passion, your dedication.
With love from a fellow activist,
Julie

Brigitte Mawazo Kyalondawa's picture

courage

Même si nous ne comprenons pas correctement anglais mais je trouve en toi un esprit de reconnaissance et de droiture.Que Dieu vous augmente de la sagesse et de l’humilité pour pouvoir aller loin avec votre vision.
Courage

BRIGITTE MAWAZO

Fardosa Muse's picture

Dear Neema . Disability is

Dear Neema .
Disability is not inability .Million of Congolese women are relying on your voice,courage and determinations to address their plights.they have suffered brunt of sexual violence and living outside their countries for fear of persecution and injustices .I fell sad when i hard the torching stories narrated by Congolese refugee women living in Dadaab.

We are behind you to raise the voice of DR Congo .

Keep it up
Fardosa ,
Gender Project Officer
CARE Dadaab-Kenya .

Every One, Every Day ,Every Way, Prevent Vi0lenCE AgainST W0men On YouR Way!

Cali gal Michelle's picture

I needed to read

this today, dear Neema. You have been on my heart and mind the past few days. You demonstrate the energy and action I can only think about at this time. Thank you for demonstrating your love and passion each day, with pureness of heart and mind.

It is a simple thought, but Love is a powerful and unifying tool, and it is my prayer the world learns to use it as the tool for change.

Miss you, dear one. Thank you and keep the faith as you continue your vital work.

-Michelle

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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KimmieJean's picture

Spark 540°

Neema,

I am truly humbled that you have taken the time to write to our teens. They are inspired to find their inner spark, and to take action to ignite change.

We've just returned from Senegal - where our organization has been presented with wonderful opportunities to aid children in that region.

I think of you often, and will promptly make plans to assist your efforts in the Congo! I love you, our teens love you - the world is yours!

Thank you for being our inspiration,

Kim Ayers
Founder Spark 540°
Salem, MA USA

~Kimmie Jean, Spark 540°
https://www.facebook.com/sparkfiveforty
Twitter: spark_540

Osai's picture

Motivating

Dear Neema,

Very motivating and well said. It was a pleasure to meet you at the just concluded AU summit and though we didn't get the chance to talk a lot, I know our paths will cross again.

Best wishes,
Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

Neema,

Your beautiful and inspiring words touched my heart. I saw it as a love letter to everyone in this community, not just to your Spark540 supporters. Everyone here is an activist passionate about bringing equality and quality of life to all.

Thank you for being a model of love and courage. Best wishes,
Janice

Carrie Lee's picture

Pure beauty

Neema,
Once again, your words cut straight to the heart, to what is good, beautiful and true in the world.

Love is winning through us. Yes, indeed it is, as we open and give it free reign within.

I'm so happy we had the chance to meet at World Pulse Live last fall. I think of you and your work often.
Love,
Carrie

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