Submitted by Lily Lahiri
What does Hope has a home here! Look like in practice?
Madam Careen Owino’s heart is full of joy and gratitude for how Mwanzo has shaped her life. She can’t believe that she is now a fully trained teacher who started working at Mwanzo with a high school education. She registered for her certificate in ECDE and thereafter proceeded to do her diploma in ECDE. She is the true testimony of our theme “HOPE HAS A HOME HERE.”
And from Mwanzo Board Member, Mary Sue Galvin:
Adult hope starts to shift away from self to making a difference in the world – leaving a legacy of some sort – like teaching children, knowing that an education will make a difference.
What does, “Hope has a home here!” mean to us in practice? This question arises often when I think about how to make our Mwanzo value proposition real in my life and in my work for Mwanzo. Lately, I’ve been reading The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, by Zen Hospice founder Frank Ostaseski. I found his chapter on the maturation of hope especially powerful. Much of what I’ll share here today is based on this chapter.
Mature hope fuels motivation and action directed toward a goal that will serve us and our community. It gives the Mwanzo’s Board of Directors the courage to launch a funding drive for a school, a bus, and a community center. It strengthens us and encourages us to persist in constructive action. It energizes us to engage in activities that we imagine will enrich our future. This version of hope is a basic need.
Mature hope is founded in trust, experience, and relationship. We trust in the dedication and skills of the community in Rabuor to faithfully undertake the planning and the construction of a center that will provide access to life-giving resources and services through a health center, a library, an internet café and more. We trust the women’s entrepreneurial groups to creatively and wisely administer the savings and loan projects, and we share in their vision of a future that’s good for themselves and their neighbors.
Václav Havel, the philosopher and first president of the Czech Republic, suggested that hope is “an orientation of the spirit.” Frank Ostaseski thinks of hope as “an innate quality of being, an open, active trust in life that refuses to quit.” In the spirit of Ubuntu, I will leave you with this from Frank Ostaseski, “Hope that is active has an imaginative daring to it, which helps us to realize our unity with all life and find the resourcefulness required to act on its behalf.”
This kind of hope inspires our friends in Rabuor and our Mwanzo Board to hope in your continued interest, friendship, and support as well. Thanks be to God!