BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE
To provide a powerful example of the UU principles of justice, equity, and compassion in human relations and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, students in the 6th and 7th grade classes met this past Sunday with two amazing human rights workers from the Congo - Neema Namadamu and Solange Nyamulisa - along with Cedar Lane member Annette Scarpitta. The discussion provided an opportunity for the students to hear how two people of courage and strength were standing up for the rights of women, children, and all of the people of the Congo to security, clean water, food, education, free speech, and the right to vote. It was a powerful demonstration that even in terrible conditions individuals can have a purpose and make a difference. Classes will be discussing what they themselves might do to advance these UU principles.
Solange Nyamulisa works to promote human rights and empower communities to tell their own stories. Solange is a human rights advocate and journalist from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has eight years’ experience working in the field of communications, public information, advocacy and networking with media, government, grassroots organizations, non-profit organizations, and international organizations.
A polio survivor, Neema Namadamu is the first woman with a disability from her ethnic group to earn a university degree, going on to serve in Parliament for South Kivu province, and then as Chief Advisor to DRC’s Minister of Gender and Family. Upon leaving government service, Neema founded Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations (SAFECO) to support disabled female-victims of violence in East Congo. SAFECO has grown to encompass many other programs, including Rwenena Kids.