In November, Women in Action celebrated their 15th anniversary. What a remarkable accomplishment! Ana Trujillo, one of 5 original Women in Action members, remembers the beginnings of Women in Action. “Miguel (Michael) and Ana came to our settlement with an idea of starting a project. They organized a piñata for our children and we came out to see what was going on. They said they wanted to start a project. So, we began to form a women’s group. Just 5 of us in the beginning. We didn’t have any funding really, just a dream to work together to improve our lives. Who would have thought we would have come so far? “I remember one of the first projects was a soy food nutrition program. And, we are still making soy each week for us and our children. Still carving gourds and crocheting bags as well. We continue to run the loan bank so that we can have access to no interest loans for our small businesses. Then, the sponsorship program as well. Many of our children have now graduated from college are have even been able to find good work. Others are in high school. These are amazing accomplishments for us, and I don’t think we would ever have thought we would be where we are now when we first starting meeting as a group of 5 women, outside in the street under the shade of a tree.”
Daughters of Corn US Tour
The dancers brought not only the beauty of their dancing, but also the story of their important work to improve the lives of families in their community. The dancers felt the warmth with which the U.S. families welcomed them into their communities and homes, and also felt an outpouring of support for their work. Audiences and host families were moved not only by the dancing, but by the dancer’s inspirational story. They were reminded of how fortunate they are and how much they can do to make a difference in the world.
They learned how by working together, we can solve common problems and meet the challenges the world faces. We are thankful to be part of an organization whose work reminds us of the power of loving kindness, compassion and empathy. These difficult times challenge our ability to face fear, terror and the many problems the world faces, with hope, love and compassion.
We are grateful to be part of an organization whose mission is to help improve lives by bringing people together to share, learn, and work hand in hand with each other. We believe the only way we can truly answer the problems that the world faces is to work together with the realization that we are all one people, one planet. This was the 5th dance tour that I have had the pleasure of being a part of and it continues to remind me of why I am doing this work.
It gives me so much hope to travel with these compassionate and talented, young people from Nicaragua and to meet so many young folks from the U.S. who share these qualities and who are eager and willing to work together to make positive change in the world.