Young World Leaders Conference
“As leaders, part of your job is to inspire those who may not be inspired. When you inspire others you offer hope, possibility and new ideas.”
Young world leaders gathered at the UN March 2006 for a conference organized by Dr. Anele E. Heiges, O.P. The Young World Leaders Conference (YWLC) provided Social Artistry™ education and tools to prepare the youth for their part in world leadership. It was springtime–a season of freshness, renewal and awakening. Twenty-seven people from 6 continents, 12 countries and many cultures gathered. Participants were mostly in their 20’s. The youngest member was 20 yrs old from the Aeta peoples of northern Philippines and eleven others were from indigenous cultures. Here’s one story of conference results. This is just the beginning!
I am Doreen Onsarigo (pictured above, dancing left) from Mombasa, Kenya. After meeting with YWLC leadership I created a business plan to set up my own wedding dress sewing business and took classes in accounting and marketing before leaving USA. With a grant from Anele in August 2007 I bought an excellent sewing machine that works both with electricity and manually. Electricity shuts off frequently in my poor section of Mombasa. So now I am pedaling to success. At this time my small wedding dress sewing industry is underway as a direct result of YWLC. With my flourishing business there is too much for one person to do alone so I will soon become the employer of more seamstresses. My next plan is to obtain a university education and later work to be elected to the local government in Kenya. I also intend to create women’s circles and teach the YWLC tools in South Africa.”
In December 2007 when Mombasa “blew up” Doreen was robbed of much material and supplies. She saved the sewing machine by quickly carrying it into hiding. Anele found another small grant to help Doreen rebuild her business that is now doing even better than before. During the terrible troubled weeks of late December 2007 and January-February 2008 she was often trapped at home without food but was encouraged by cell phone calls from Agnes Ndetei and Anele. Agnes Ndetei is a Parliamentary re-election candidate, Kibwezi Region and was a member of the YWLC core planning group. The community they created during the YWLC was a lifeline for Doreen during those harrowing days.
“We were like the new leaves on a big Central Park maple tree, being opened to a new consciousness and to new learning techniques while we carried in our bodies the world’s pain and joy. We came together at a crucial time in our lives. We lit each other up. With new energy we ignited.”
Email Dr. Heiges: firstname.lastname@example.org