At My Arms Wide Open, we work and serve leading from 2 questions asked in two forms; First: Do the Children in your life know that you love them? Do the Children in your life know WHY you love them? Secondly: Do the Children of the World know that you love them? Do the Children of the world know WHY you love them? We ask ourselves these questions on a regular basis. The first is relatively easy to answer, the second not as easy. What I am doing in the world today working with children, youth and women that helps them to understand and accept their own value, their
contribution to their families and communities, their ability to do more? How do I put opportunity in front of the people I serve so that they can make choices for themselves? Give children opportunities to choose rather than having their circumstances dictate their actions just to be able to survive.
You matter and YOU are worth it
One of our key approaches is working with mothers, youth and young adults to be able to accept and own their own story and then use that story to take a leadership role in their own lives. We lead all our engagement and community development with Mindset and helping members of the community who choose to participate to understand that
their past is their past, and it counts; they do matter and they are important; and that they do have skills and are able to make contributions and add value to the development and future of their communities. This is done through our Iziko Labahlali program, which means "Hearth of the Community".
Part of Iziko Labahlali is the initiation of the community planning process whereby the future vision of the individual is extended to the community. This includes discussions and planning around policy and governance development and implementation.
Can people really change? Most ask this question as a judgment or because they have already judged another person or group. Our thoughts:: As humans we are in balance and as such have both 'Good' and Evil', 'Love' and 'Hate', etc., all
within us. The reality is that for some of us as a result of our circumstance, our environment and our experiences we have been exposed to only the 'Evil' has been called from within us. We believe that if we focus on and call on and giving opportunity for the 'Good' to surface in people it will. Now if that is the 'change' you are speaking of, then yes people can change, just ask them the right questions, treat them as equals and present the 'right' opportunities.
I'm passionate and I believe ... In people and the ability of people to embrace their communities and create change. In the goodness, kindness, acceptance, understanding, compassion and empathy inherent in each of us. People just need
to be seen, heard and called upon to see the light versus the dark. The power of 'good' versus that of 'evil'. It's not so much about God. For me I see it as, after all we each were given free will and the power to choose. My role is to facilitate a different choice and one that nurtures versus one that destroys.