Happy Holidays dear ones.
I am so excited to share with you a project that children from 25 countries and myself have been working on for the last 8 months - The World Hope Project. We are an international video troupe with one mission - to illuminate hope.
First, let me give you some history. Prior to COVID-19, I had been observing a sense of hopelessness in some of the children with whom I work. I heard statements like, "It doesn't matter because none of us are going to be here much longer anyway" or "There's nothing anyone can do to change things" or "All anyone cares about are money and themselves." I longed for an example of worldwide solidarity.
When COVID hit, it seemed like maybe the children were right. Maybe there was no hope. But then the most miraculous thing happened. For a brief moment in time, our entire world came together to fight one foe.
We sang from balconies.
We howled at the same time every night.
We checked on our neighbors.
We applauded those on the front lines.
We practiced random acts of kindness.
And for the first time in many years, we humans reduced our impact on this planet.
We saw our potential as individuals and as a people. We became hope.
One morning in April of 2020, after coming to this realization, I drafted a piece of writing about hope. I started reaching out to children around the globe; seeking their input on the written piece and for their thoughts about hope. I started with schools for the gifted and personal contacts. One-by-one I found them, until I ended up with 25 countries represented. After 8 months, 2 video conferences, multiple revisions and tremendous patience, this group formed The World Hope Project. I hope you enjoy our first video which was made especially for you.
In the spirit of hope, we humbly ask that you click on the link below and please share freely.