Letters Of Helena Roerich I, 7 October 1930:
The idea of creating the unity of women the world over is more than timely.
In the difficult days of world upheavals, of human disunity, of the neglecting of all the higher principles of Being, which are the only true givers of life and which lead to the evolution of the world, there must be heard a voice calling for the resurrection of the spirit and for the bringing of the fire of achievement into all the actions of life. And, of course, this voice must be the voice of woman, who during millenniums has drunk the chalice of suffering and humiliation and has forged her spirit in the greatest patience.
Now, let woman-the Mother of the World-say, “Let there be Light,” and let her affirm her fiery achievements. What will this Light be like, and which of her achievements will be the great fiery ones? The banner of spirit will be raised, and upon it will be inscribed “Love, Knowledge and Beauty.” Yes, only the heart of the woman, the mother, may gather under this Banner the children of the whole world, without distinctions of sex, race, nationality and religion.
The Nurture Project International (NPI) is an example of New Era Women gathering their forces of “love, knowledge, and beauty” to help mothers and children who are refugees in Europe and the Middle East to survive the current crisis. It is their hearts that move them and their hearts that heal. Below is the touching story of a woman who answered this call. It was sent to me by one of our co-workers and written by a La Leche leader in Mississippi, posted as a blog:
Why me? Why you?
July 1, 2016
“One month ago I was traveling to Polycastro, Greece a step into the unknown. I left my wonderful husband and two children at home in Mississippi to do something I had never done before. I was going to provide lactation support to Syrian refugees.
“That last sentence sounds so simple and straight forward. I am a mother who breastfed her own children. I am a volunteer lactation counselor with La Leche League. I have helped many mothers breastfeed. I knew the two weeks in Greece would be full of new experiences. What I did not know was the intensity with which my heart and spirit would change.
“Last year, my dad died unexpectedly and a few weeks later I miscarried a baby girl at 15 weeks gestation. Both came with such a shock, my happy world was changed. As I emerged from those devastating events, I found myself with a feeling that is difficult to describe. I was restless. I didn’t trust what I had previously believed to be true. I wanted more from life. I had discovered emotions deeper than I knew existed. I wanted to put the depth of my heart to good use.
“While mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, the ad shown above appeared. It was speaking to me. Someone, somewhere needed the skills I had. Someone needed my raw heart. Someone was in a deep unexpected pain and I knew what that felt like.
“I didn’t know anything about Syria, Greece, refugees or the entire Middle East. I stopped watching the news years ago. I quickly discovered that Syria was in ongoing, complicated war. After years of fighting and hoping for a resolution, thousands upon thousands of Syrians were leaving. They packed a bag, picked up their kids and walked out their door in search of a safer place. I know if I had to do that, I would want a friendly face on the other end of that journey. I decided to go to Greece to offer an empathetic smile and a hug to the mothers who made that journey.
“I am happy that Nurture Project International found me. As an organization, we share the same values. We respect mothers and recognize that through supporting mothers we can make the world a better place for generations to come. We know that breastfeeding not only saves lives though better health, but has the power to build strong mothers. While working in refugee camps, I met with mothers one on one. I offered technical assistance and breastfeeding support. But more often, I showed that I cared. The refugees are in terrible circumstances and the kindness of a Nurture Project International volunteer can give them hope to keep going – to keep hugging their children – to keep waking up – to keep hoping for a bright future. Nurture Project International volunteers save lives.
“When I told people about my trip to Greece, they wanted to send things. Baby carriers, diapers, clothes, formula, bottles. There are all kinds of important reasons not to send stuff. More importantly, I can tell you what the refugees in Greece need: They need YOU.
“I know you have reasons why you can’t go. I had reasons too. You don’t have money. You have family to take care of. You have school. You have work. You don’t have a passport. You don’t speak Greek or Arabic or Farsi. You are scared to travel overseas. You have people at home that need you. You feel panicky when you think about walking into a refugee camp. You don’t know about refugees. You don’t know about Muslims. You are scared.
“Take a breath. Breathe in Peace. Breathe out fear, pain, anything that is not love and peace. The families in refugee camps escaped a terrible war. They ran away from terrorists. The world is stuck. Tens of thousands of people are looking for a peaceful home and the world was not ready for that. World leaders don’t know what to do. But, you can do something. You can save a life. You can spread love and peace simply by your presence.
“I am asking you to go to raise your hand. Be brave. Be part of the change. I will help you.”
Here’s a video describing Nurture Project International (NPI)
You may need to copy and paste it in your browser. It can also be found under the Blog tab of the Nurture Project International website nurtureprojectinternational.org
From the Nurture Project International website:
“Nurture Project International is run by a small group of people from around the globe who are dedicated to health and human rights.”
The Core Team
“Our core team is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers who work around the clock to support our teams on the ground, engage supporters, develop the organisation, fundraise, and create projects that will allow NPI to provide the most support possible. All of our core team is unpaid, all have young children at home, and most work a second job in addition to their work at NPI.
“Without this team of women NPI would not exist and the critical care that the in-field teams provide would not be possible. They are the core of the entire organisation who give their heart and soul to making the world a better place.”
“The women who volunteer for NPI are an amazing and inspirational group of women who don’t run from change; they run toward it. They carry all the power they need inside themselves already: they have the power to imagine better.
“They are midwives, breastfeeding consultants, IBCLCs, nutritionists, translators, and lay volunteers. They come from all cultures and all corners of the globe.
“To the dream team, to all the amazing women that have come from all over to stand up for our fellow woman. To hold a sacred space for our sisters.
“A cheer to our global NPI sisterhood”
As always, comments are welcome! Thank you Bonnie for this inspirational story!