Many years ago in Ontario, I was treated by a Naturopath-Chiropractor, a divorced, middle aged man, father of two. This quirky, opinionated man fell in love with a beautiful young woman and together they had a baby, to the amazement of everyone who knew him. One day Richard told me that he had found freedom through commitment to his new wife and babe, a concept foreign to me at the time.
Yesterday morning I opened Sharon McErlane’s newsletter from The Great Council of Grandmothers, entitled What Service Will Do For You. “Service is freedom and service brings freedom,” the Grandmothers said. “Loving service is powerful. “Connecting with others in the light”, they go on to say, our limitations begin to melt and our energy shifts. (I will post this newsletter in its entirety on the blog later).
Western volunteers we met in India echoed our sentiments, that we all get back much more than we give to the Tibetans we help in Dharamshala. The same goes for our work with displaced Tibetans and Syrian refugees here at home, and now my volunteer work with the newly founded Canadian Children’s Sanctuary Namibia Society.
Recently we held our first AGM followed by a General Meeting and were privileged to have Helge, our Namibian Agent, and a member of both the Canadian and Namibian Boards, with us during our discussions. Though my energy was flagging near the end of an intense day, but Helge immediately riveted my attention when she began speaking about her experiences in Drimiopsis, the settlement where the orphaned and at risk San children subsist in neglect and poverty.
I have observed abject poverty on my Indian travels, and have become inured to it to a degree, in order to continue visiting that country. However Helge managed to paint a visceral picture of the lives of the children and teachers in the Drimiopsis settlement, one that penetrated my privileged and safe white Canadian mentality.
Listening to this gentle, spiritual white woman speak lovingly about her work with the children opened my heart and moved me deeply. Helge spoke about how she slowly, over a number of years, encouraged the teachers and other supporters of the San people, re-settled in Drimiopsis, Namibia in 1991, to begin rebuilding their community, starting with food and water security, education for children and employment opportunities for adults. She happily reported that they have now taken ownership of development efforts by starting the brick building project that to date has produced 12,000 bricks, working with a volunteer architect to design the first Sanctuary building and hiring a security guard to safeguard the supplies needed for both the building and the protective fencing for the site.
I am proud to have the opportunity to offer my service and skills to this community as a member of our dedicated CSNS team.
Love & Light
Copyright 2018 Ellen Besso
Ellen Besso is a former Life Coach & Counsellor & is an energy worker. She is the author of An Indian Sojourn: One woman’s spiritual experience of travel & volunteering, and Surviving Eldercare: Where their needs end & yours begin, both available through Amazon.