Snapshots from Hope

Posted May 19, 2014 from Philippines
Homage to Hope
Homage to Hope
Homage to Hope (1/2)

Towards the end of 2013, I was part of the community at the House of Hope Foundation, Inc. in Mindanao, Philippines. I stayed there till February this year.

"Snapshots from Hope 1: Inside Cell #13" provides a glimpse of how it was inside an isolation cell.

“Snapshots from Hope 2: Healing Together” essays how a community of people living with mental illnesses support each other towards healing.

These photo slideshows are part of the assignments for Voices of Our Future, a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital media and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

Voices of Our Future 2013 Assignments: Multimedia

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Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014

Dearest Lina,

Your 2 multi-media pieces are so beautiful, they almost defy description! I feel your presence, share your suffering, pray for your ongoing hope and healing and have the utmost respect and admiration for your courage and eloquence. I hope these pieces will be widely seen, as they are highly valuable glimpses into an experience that many, many people will identify with, whether just on some levels or on all levels. I cherish our relationship and am grateful to have connected with you in a way that allows me the privilege of experiencing your work. With Love and Support, Sarah
Delphine Criscenzo
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014

Lina, as always your message is deep, poetic and so meaningful! I have missed you in the last few months, and I am thankful that you are back here on World Pulse. You are an inspiration for finding hope and meaning in the small things. You also inspire me by being so open about your mental health challenges. Often people feel ashamed about these challenges, even though we all encounter some challenges like this at times. You also inspire me for taking the time to take care of yourself and focus on your health. I am grateful I have you in my life. With love and respect!

Leigh Anne Kranz
May 30, 2014
May 30, 2014

Dear Lina,

You were loved and missed, and never forgotten while you were away. Thank you for courageously sharing your experiences of healing at the House of Hope.

Homage to Hope: This multimedia piece took me inside Cell 13 for the month that it was your home. It was very effective in revealing that time slowed and your awareness heightened. It seemed that you were fully PRESENT (the ultimate spiritual state). You experienced life keenly, noticed slight changes in sound, light, and movement. You found beauty and gratitude in sunshine and food. Art and words kept fear at bay. As much as this cell was a prison of walls and bars, it seems like a gift--you were able to fully LIVE. You were part of the ever-moving, ever-changing world--and you NOTICED. This piece became transcendent (in the way that your pieces always do) when you made the offering of leaves, petals, and feather and quoted the Emily Dickinson poem--"Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings a tune without words and never stops at all." Your closing made my own soul sing!! "The bird within me kept singing a wordless song."

Healing Together: As I watched the images of this piece, I was struck by the isolated image at the beginning--the woman crouched in the corner of a cell. There were people in the hallway, but she was alone and isolated within herself. The images that followed showed all the ways that humans "touch" each other--help with bathing, hand-holding, walking, group exercise & forums, applying makeup, laundry, games, creating art, the shared experiences of taking medications that help us live. I couldn't hear what was being said to the people of the community--only the touch and proximity of others. THAT was clearly the key to healing in your piece and you conveyed it BEAUTIFULLY. The quote at the end made that resoundingly clear: "Here, no one heals in isolation. Only in community can one find healing."

Lina, it is so good to have you (and your beautiful way of expressing your vision and passion) back in the World Pulse community. Words cannot adequately express how special your writing and "way of seeing" is. Each of your VOF assignments pulses with POWER and POETRY. It has been humbling, and a sheer honor to witness your work unfold within Voices of Our Future. THANK YOU for sharing! Love, Leigh Anne