WHERE THERE IS HOPE, THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY
Next up on my lead up to my TEDxKIDS@BC talk this Saturday, September 17th is – featured local SuperHuman-itarians is Pivot Foundation, where thier tag line is “equality lifts everyone.” Featured in my TEDxKids@BC talk is thier campaign Hope in Shadows. Check out thier 2012 campaign, and help build that momentum! Lets liberate the heart, by liberating others.
Pivot Foundation raises funds to sponsor charitable projects aimed at assisting homeless and disenfranchised persons. Pivot’s social change campaigns focus on breaking down systemic barriers to the full realization of human rights. At the core of all their work is a deep commitment to challenging laws and policies that undermine the dignity of those who are margalized or excluded due to poverty, social stigmas or status. They work collaboratively with people impacted by poverty and marginalization to develop a vision for change that will make a meaningful difference in their lives.
Hope in Shadows is an innovative community engagement project that creates positive and meaningful interactions between residents from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and people from other neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland and beyond. Each year, winning photos from the Hope in Shadows photography contest are featured in a calendar that local residents can sell on the street through our vendor program. Hope in Shadows demonstrates that meaningful employment opportunities positively contribute to the well-being and dignity of people impacted by poverty and marginalization.
The production of the 2012 Hope in Shadows calendar which local low-income people sell for a profit. The calendar will be released on Tuesday October 4, 2011.
Where your Contributions Go:
Pivot ensures that dignity, fairness, and compassion are values that are not lost in the legal system. Your contribution allows us to work collaboratively with people impacted by poverty and marginalization to develop a vision for change that will make a meaningful difference in their lives. You don’t have to be a high roller to make change happen – each contribution goes a long way.
During my TEDxKids@BC talk Hope in Shadows has an honorable mention in my slideshow. Too often we exclude others out of our own fear, we reject those and forget about our own humanity. My mom struggled with mental health and addiction to alcohol for nearly 2 decades, after her suicide I decided to spend 3 months in a low income co-op, no bed, slept on the floor – for 3 months to understand the reality on the DTES. And here it is – I Heart the DTES. The reality is that our society lacks the necessary means to really aid in transition, to lift the majority out of poverty! Fact – 80% of humanity lives on $10 per day. FACT: those on the DTES are expected to survive on $6 per day. We need to look beyond fear and move to a place of compassion. The reality is this – we can learn alot about ourselves and our humanity through those who are marginalized. When we decide to include, not exclude – we move to a place of liberation for all.
Hope is Shadows is a perfect example of real time entrepreneurial spirit. This holiday season stock up – they are great gifts, and you empower a person to reach thier potential!
For more information on Hope in Shadows please visit – http://www.hopeinshadows.com/
For more information about Pivot, please visit: http://www.pivotlegal.org/
To pledge to the Pivot Foundation, please pledge my page : CanadaHelps :http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=14417