Supporting Peace & Healing in Liberia!
gathered from around Liberia, coming together to heal, learn, and gain tools to
bring back to the 1,500 rural communities they represent. They are leaders from
30 local nonprofit groups, representing remote areas still recovering from decades
of civil war and violence, and from the recent devastation of Ebola.One
pathway to healing and peace? Enter Hands to Hearts International.
the director of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding-Liberia, said he will use
HHI’s Baby Massage video as part of his organization’s efforts to build peace,
human security, and development, ultimately reducing gender-based violence and
child abuse. He told us:
everywhere need care, love and affection. This baby massage video will be used
in WANEP’s training sessions in helping participant groups to learn basic
skills in helping their kids be loved and show similar love to others, and grow healthy in a peaceful environment to
become future leaders."
participant in the training, Roland, noted that women and children are too
often the victims of policies and decisions beyond their control. He was
inspired by the training, calling it “a tool that will help us awaken their
minds to take positive action.”
heard similar enthusiastic reactions from so many of these leaders:
- "Liberia needs this. There is
nothing like it here."
- "This program is very important."
- "This is a perfect time to introduce these concepts. People are ready to hear them."
- "We are working with pregnant women
We need to introduce this information to them and then work with them
after delivery on these things."
- "Post Ebola there are many orphanages and many families with orphaned
With your help, Hands to Hearts is playing a part in reducing the culture of
violence in this beautiful country and helping restore the peaceful society Liberians
Next time, updates from our Hands to Hearts program roll out in Haiti!
In Other News . . .
Hands to Hearts just celebrated its 11th birthday and one year anniversary as a program of our new parent organization, Thrive Networks!
HHI’s founder, Laura Peterson, was recently featured as an inspirational activist in Muse Magazine. Check out her very candid and personal interview where she talks about who inspires her, what she fears most, and her greatest life lesson.
Have you seen HHI’s TEDx talk? What are you waiting for?!?! Click here for "Love, a Low-tech Solution."