Together we are igniting a global movement of purpose, connection, and dignity. When we take in someone else’s story, it has a way of awakening something in us. Here are a few ideas for inspired action to weave into your life today.
Download. Inspired Action you can take today
Watch. What Does it Mean to Be a Refugee? [ TEDed, Lessons Worth Sharing ]
Read. 9 Questions About the Global Refugee Crisis
Watch. The Danger of a Single Story, [ TED Talk, by Chimananda Ngozi Acidly ]
Read. Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis [ for youth ]
Watch. Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth [ shared by Godee ]
ImaniXchange. At our event, a Seeds community member offered $1,000 in matching funds – and that match was fully made at the event! More funds are welcome [ ** Update: March 3, 2017…a total of $2,510 was donated towards this campaign by our Seeds community. Thank you, thank you!** ]
Sauti Film. Outreach + community development
Koffi Togo Cultural Center. In Togo, Africa
Donations to these amazing organizations are tax exempt
Beret Strong | Sauti Film | Uganda – Beret’s film is starting to make the international film festival rounds. Sauti takes place in a Ugandan refugee settlement, where 5 teenage girls approach their uncertain futures to create lives of their own choosing with tenacity, tenderness, and imagination. “Sauti” is Swahili for “voice.” trailer | facebook | blog | instagram
There is ALWAYS a way to connect!
Godee Musangu | Democratic Republic of the Congo – Godee’s story, dreams, and vision of life for Congolese women and girls historically and presently, is rooted in her conviction that when you educate a girl, you educate a nation. facebook
When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.
Jenny Nuccio + Femida Mohamad | ImaniXchange | Kenya – Delight in emPOWERment and hope within a tenacious community of single, widowed, disabled, and disadvantaged women in Kenya. They just launched a kids’ product line on the fashion runways of New York City last week. Let’s celebrate! video | Imani + Kids | facebook | instagram | donate
Koffi Toudji | KoffiToGo | Togo – Koffi envisions a world where music and dance bring the world together. He is working on building a Cultural Center in his hometown of Kpalime in Togo. He has been living in Denver for years, and is an extraordinary musician, teacher and community leader. facebook | instagram | donate | classes
We need to remember that we are all musicians because there is music in our hearts!
Laura Gibson | blog | Uganda – Music and dance have always been an integral part of Laura’s journey, which were part of what led her to move to, and live in Uganda for 3 years, diving into rich inter- cultural community-building. Since her return to the U.S. and work as a middle-school teacher, she’s been weaving together her passions for music, songwriting, West-African dancing/drumming, writing, theater, and MORE.
People know what they need; listen to them.
Melissa Schaap | ImaniXchange | Kenya + Shane Schaap | Chombox | Kenya – This dynamic duo shared about partnership in marriage, work, and LIFE. Shane is an innovative entrepreneur and talked about the seeds of his dream of using shipping containers to build clinics, schools, and communities thriving with possibility and dignity. Melissa is a master connector, deeply passionate about bringing people together in ways that make their hearts sing with purpose and joy, a beautiful element of her work with ImaniXchange.
God empowers us to empower others — to help people accomplish their dreams and goals. [Shane]
Pursue your unfolding dream(s) by being part of an encouraging community and by taking the next step. [Melissa]
Refugee organizations in Colorado, nationally, and globally:
- African Community Center helps refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver
- Colorado African Organization exists to support Colorado’s refugee, immigrant, and asylum-seeking populations in their pursuit of integration, self-sufficiency and freedom
- Colorado Refugee Network consists of refugee resettlement agencies, educational institutions and healthcare providers
- Colorado Refugee Services Program ensures effective resettlement of officially designated refugees and to promote refugee self sufficiency
- International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives
- UNHCR is the The United Nation’s refugee agency.
- An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home.
- Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
- There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
- Nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution.
- Read more from UNHCR: Figures at a Glance + Syrian refugee couple find new hope and freedom through art
Email Sarah to volunteer at a future Seeds Event in Denver. A few opportunities
1. set up, greet folks, tech/sound, Seeds Shop table
2. sponsor an event to pay it forward for some by taking care of our “all are welcome” tickets, $150. We’re happy to offer an event marketing shout-out.
Our event in pictures | Thanks to Amy K. Wright
These cards were written during the evening to support a project at the African Community Center, welcoming refugees arriving to Denver and thanking the staff for their tireless service.
from our Feb 13 evening
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver [Beret]
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. -Dalai Lama [Godee]
“We are here because of music and dance. Let’s make sure we stay on the beat and always enjoy the show!!!” -Koffi
“Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.” -David Whyte [Laura]
“If we are going to see real development in the world then our best investment is women.” -Desmond Tutu [Godee]
Do your little bit of good where you are; It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.-Desmond Tutu [“That’s the kind of overwhelm I want more of!” -Sarah]
“Do not try to save…
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.” -Martha Postlewaite [Sarah]
God’s sunrise will break in upon us,
shining on those in darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way,
One foot at a time,
Down the path of peace. -Bible [Melissa]
“As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all.” -Michelle Obama [Godee]
“He knows us far better than we know ourselves…that’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” -Bible/Romans 8:28 [Shane]