Re: [holistichelping] Deepest Sympathies, Tom/Good to Hear from You, Wendi/Andrius and All
Thanks Janet for all you have sai.
We are aware of your fath situation and we know that you spend most of your time caring for him.
Congratulations for all you are doing for your dad. We all pray that the few people who have lived for long like him with a lot of wiadom now should be chanced to share some of their knowledge and wisdom gathered over their years with the young of today's world before they ever say goodbye.
Thanks for your encouragement and to Andrius we hope that all will be well soon it is only a question of being patient.
We are trying to go ahead as our hands are already on the plough. We will remain in touch to brief you whee ever we reach with our new dreams.
Sincerely Wendi and ACTWID members
--- On Tue, 7/13/10, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
From: Janet Feldman <kaippg@...>
Subject: [holistichelping] Deepest Sympathies, Tom/Good to Hear from You, Wendi/Andrius and All
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 10:40 AM
My sincere apologies for not being here more often: the year 2010 has proven to be one of the most challenging I have experienced to date, and for those who know something about my life, you know that is saying a lot.
I have been hoping to write a longer letter, along the lines of what Andrius has written about his situation, but it has been hard to find the time, and linked to this is that I am not as comfortable with public discussions about my life situation as Andrius is. I share and sympathize with your concerns, struggles, frustrations, and longings, Andrius, and am sending you "uplift" and "bon courage."
Suffice it to say for now that my father and I are in an extremely difficult financial situation, and will most likely be trying to sell our home of 50 years and move somewhere smaller within months. I will need to find work that pays, too.
I have found it increasingly hard to sustain the energy and spirit needed to do full-time caregiving, while also trying to keep my own nonprofit and humanitarian work going. My health is being affected now, and I am overwhelmed by the immediacies of family life and needs.
Tom, I am very sorry to hear about your father! I am lucky to still have mine, but I am preparing--as much as anyone can--to someday say goodbye, sooner than later, since my father in 91. I have lost my mother already. I and we wish you deepest sympathies and are sending huge support in spirit your way, and love and comfort to help you through these difficult days!
I have been doing one project that is close to my heart: working with a group of women to help women and girls in Haiti. We are coming across some of the same needs and issues that have been discussed in this forum, and that seem to be universal: lack of equality and the need for same, sanitary products, empowerment of women and girls in all spheres of life (from the social and economic to the political), violence against women, the positive roles men can play in helping to change all this, disabilities now affecting a much larger number of people in Haiti, post-quake.
Wendi, your letter is very pertinent in this regard: your need and desire for a centre is hugely important, and I hope that you will find the help you need to set it up. I cannot help at this time for one of the same reasons Andrius has mentioned: lack of finances. If I see notice of any grants or other resources, I will definitely let you know.
Mark, Sherrie, and others who have written about Haiti: there may be more of a chance now for me, and also for "us"--as Holistic Helping, Minciu Sodas, or as foreigners--to work on some projects related to rebuilding. It would be great if you could share anything you have been doing since January in this regard, and hopefully we can find a way to link our activities.
I can't say right now what I can do for sure, because there are so many shifts and changes that happen in my life on a regular basis, but I would like to explore the possibilities, as well as linking some of the needs and issues in Haiti to others around which we have previously worked: peace in Kenya, sanitary products and other uplifting projects (like book donations) in Zimbabwe, solar power in Cameroon and Africa, economic development and environmental sustainability in Tanzania and Palestine (and many other parts of the world), ICTs and a focus on preservation and utilization of local knowledge in Nigeria, the struggles of farmers in India and globally (perhaps linked to "My Foodstory"), and the challenges faced by people with differing abilities, in Kenya and everywhere in the world.
I look forward to connecting, sharing, and hopefully finding ways to create, build, grow, and dream. I do read the posts at HH and other forums, so please know that any silence on my part is not from lack of caring and interest, only lack of time and physical wherewithal.
With love and blessings to all, Janet