One morning in April of 2020, Tina Harlow, Child & Family Therapist and Founder of Guiding Bright, drafted a piece of writing about hope. This piece was catalyzed by the realization that in the midst of the immense grief and suffering of the COVID-19 pandemic, human beings were also experiencing worldwide solidarity.
Tina sought out children around the world; asking for their input on the written piece and for their thoughts about hope. After 8 months, 2 video conferences, multiple revisions and tremendous patience, this group formed The World Hope Project.
WORLD HOPE PROJECT VIDEO
World Hope Project is an international video troupe consisting of one child representative per country (although there are more children in the initial video). Right now, we have 26 countries represented. They are as follows:
World Hope Project is co-produced by therapist, Tina Harlow and Peruvian educator, Rosa Medina.
World Hope Project creates videos which provide messages of hope and communicate changes the child participants wish to see in the world.
1. To provide an avenue for children around the world to share their experiences, gain a heartfelt connection with other countries, recognize the power of "we," and serve as catalysts for positive change.
2. To help adults recognize their own capability for affecting positive change individually, as well, as part of the greater whole.
We are in the midst of a pandemic and a great deal of civil unrest, so where is the hope?
The hope lies in what we have seen is possible. 2020 saw a record drop in global carbon emissions.
What if those who were willing, agreed to shut down completely just one day a year? Or once a month? Or every Sunday? What if we, the people, decided on our own volition to refrain from spending and to use minimal energy on these shut-down days? Now that so many of us have seen that we can work remotely, can we choose to continue limiting our transportation? These are just a few possibilities of many.
There are companies that are beginning to boldly look beyond profits... to prioritize the greater good. In the not-too-distant past, across many cultures and belief systems, we honored rest. Our obsession with money has overshadowed the natural circadian rhythms of our planet. This has created asynchrony and we are suffering the consequences. There is so much hope when we simply look beyond "what is" and take action toward "what could be."
HOW CAN I HELP?
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