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Portia Mosia, who has been running Peace Circle workshops together with Jackie Euvrard and others throughout this past year writes:
'I am so grateful for the opportunity to follow my conviction through working with the Peace Circles programme. It has been an uplifting journey for my own healing after an awful experience that I had to overcome. I have learnt that connection with God brings a right sense of direction. I am now able to make decisions measuring with the values I have learnt. Having the opportunity to meet other women has given me a chance to look back and see how far I have come with my own healing process. I have learnt tolerance, patience and self control and most of all how to express myself in a polite manner. Team work has also been an important part in this experience. I have been able to understand other cultures and open up to new experiences and my assumptions were laid to rest.
'My challenges were that I had to learn discipline for my quiet times as it was a new concept for me. I have discovered how to follow my thoughts without fearing I might be wrong. I felt I had to adapt to certain things like the western way of doing things but that did not mean I had to loose my own culture. The support system from the Initiative of Change (IofC) team has meant so much to me.
'I strongly feel that all I have been involved with this past year was in God's purpose. I am still willing to continue to work with the Peace Circles for this coming year as I still have the conviction to make a difference in the community.'
Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.
Omnia Marzouk, President, IofC International
'Nothing lasting can be built without a desire by people to live differently and exemplify the changes they want to see in society.'