18 Years Ago Today A Woman Made A Bold Move

Sherry L
Posted February 2, 2015 from United States
Maher's 18th Anniversary Celebration Theme
Sr. Lucy Kurien, Maher Founder & Director
Sr. Lucy Kurien, Maher Founder & Director (1/3)

Today marks Maher Ashram's http://www.maherashram.org/18th Anniversary. On this day in 1997, Sister Lucy Kurien and the Maher Board of Directors took a leap of faith, embodying Dr.Martin Luther King’s quote,“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Eighteen years ago, they could not have known that Maher would grow to:

  • 34 homes in 3 Indian states,
  • provide care & shelter 1,100 children, women & men on any given day,
  • make it possible for so many children to be the first in their families to attend and complete primary and secondary school,
  • support 530 self-help groups of 10 to 20 members in surrounding villages,
  • inspire people around the world with their commitment to love, interspiritual harmony, & justice.

In 2010, I spent five transformative months at Maher and now more than ever I am convinced that Maheris a shining example of Margaret Mead’s famous quotation,“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

I am grateful for Sr. Lucy's bold vision and for all around the world who support Maher's work. I would enjoy learning about women who have made bold moves that inspire you or about a bold move you have made.

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Yvette Warren
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 02, 2015

I just saw the movie "Selma." Throughout the showing I had a nudging that I should look for a group of seniors who sang the songs of the civil rights, women's rights, anti-war movements to push for the changes that we envisioned. I am discouraged by the demands for eternal youth put on our healthcare system, at the expense of the health and welfare of our own children and grandchildren.Where have all the flowers gone? 

Some must die so that others may live. This is the way of passing eternal energy on through metamorphosis. 

Sherry L
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 02, 2015

Yvette,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.  It sounds like the movie stirred some things up in you.  I attend a monthly Interfaith Vigil outside the Broadview Detention Center where we sing, "We Shall Overcome" as part of the service.  I find it hopeful.  Two Catholic nuns are instrumental in that effort.  I do think it's always easier and more fun to do this type of work in community.

Take good care,

Sherry 

Kristina M
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015

Sherry,

Thank you for sharing the successes of the Maher Ashram with us.

Sherry L
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015

You are very welcome, Kristina.  Thanks for your work in the world.  Economic empowerment is so important.  Take care, Sherry

Olanike
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 18, 2015

I leaped with joy within me when I found my favorite quote in your inspiring post. I join you and the world to celebrate the world changing efforts of Maher Ashram- a truly exemplary leader!

Hugs, Olanike.