What gives me hope?

Valéria Barbosa
Posted February 6, 2020 from Brazil
The warrior Iansã.
Illustration representing an orisha of the African religion Iansã. Religion currently persecuted in my country, which in its 1988 Constitution is a secular country. Illustration made in Paint

When the first glare of the sun comes in through my bedroom window, I rise with gratitude for another day. Every day I try to do something that remains as a legacy, a poem, a drawing, a song, a speech, a hug,

I share the brightness of the day.

My country lives a moment where culture is underestimated, Indians lose their autonomy in their lands, young people and men are murdered for being black, children are shot in the street, inside their homes, they die with shots without culprits. religious and gender diversity is neglected and violence is the weapon used for people to equal as clay pots. There are several groups that struggle to survive in my country: women are brutally murdered by their husbands or partners, the water that is the greatest good of humanity in my state is polluted by the negligence of managers and one of the greatest thinkers of education, Professor Paulo Freire is disqualified and underestimated by current politics. My country is in an identity chaos, where everything is done to weaken people and exult power.

It is necessary to hope to change. Mine is poetry, the illustrations I make depicting what they want to hide and the music that I insist on singing. My hope is that there will be a change in such dictating thoughts and that the history of my country will give the people of my country the right to be happy, without censorship in the arts, the people fed, with their health taken care of, with the schools functioning and the children learning and that the helicopter that now targets the people of the favela and brings daily horror to life, come only in the month of December bringing Santa Claus and gifts to the joy of the children and their families. However, my greatest hope is to be heard, and the means of communication of the networks and the strength of words and letters have an important role to echo in the world.

How good that much of my hope was born with the strength of my voice in the worlpulse.

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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ANNITA
Feb 06
Feb 06

What a great write up..... Am already developing hope from this story sister Valeria. World Pulse it's a place to be. A safe space for us all.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

What a great write Dear sister gratitude.

Tarke Edith
Feb 06
Feb 06

Hello sister Valeria
Thanks for sharing the details about what is happening in Brazil with us.
Well dear sister let keep our fingers crossed it will one day come to pass.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Yes, dear sister, I hope that the situation will change. Hugs.

Anita Shrestha
Feb 06
Feb 06

Dear Sis
Thank you very much for sharing this amazing things to us

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Gratitude my sister. Hugs.

Wukwen Destiny
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi Valeria thanks for the words of hope that can heal , encourage and inspire us as we develop an even disdain. More strength and hope to world pulse sisters.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi Wukwen , gratitude for the affection. Hugs

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Valeria,
I feel your power, in your ceremony to greet each day with intention, with your boldness in the beautiful photo you shared from the Orisha tradition, a tradition that unashamedly and purposefully acknowledges and celebrates the beauty and power of women, and in your strong voice describing what needs to change. How disgusting that people who take part in and understand the importance of Orisha culture are still being persecuted. I welcome your bold voice, naming all that are being oppressed viciously in your country. Globally we face so many kinds of violence, and what is happening in your country is truly horrific. We are here together to make sure that every change needed is complete. It is with voices as strong as yours that we are able to work together.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Tam dear sister, I thank you for your look that recognizes my desire to respect people.

Every day I try to encourage the diversity of faith and culture in my country. I try to focus on those that are being disrespected.

What I love in my country is the diversity that the people bring from their ancestors and shut up, to deny the history of a people is to agree with the disrespect and violence that kills daily. And poetry is the strength that I have to fly around the four corners and reach the hearts. Gratitude for your words. Hugs.

Hauwa Abbas
Feb 07
Feb 07

Thank you for sharing, a great reminder to rise up every day with gratitude.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi Hauwa.

Being alive is already a reason to have hopes for a better world. Bugs.

Ekitah
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi Valeria!
Your hope is your strenght and cannot be minimise. we appreciate this platform and may it continue to increase our hope. Thanks for sharing.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi Eritah. Thank you. Bugs.

maeann
Feb 07
Feb 07

Our words has power to communicate. If we keep silent no one knows that there is a voice that needs to be heard. Thank you Valeria for roaring that voice :)

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Our words has power to communicate. If we keep silent no one knows that there is a voice that needs to be heard. Thank you Valeria for roaring that voice :)

LYDIEN YUNIWOH
Feb 08
Feb 08

Hello Vale'ria,
Thanks so much for sharing your words of hope. I pray your greatest hope be heard indeed. We are hear cus u are there. Sisters love. Hugs

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear sister, it is very good to know that we are heard. Gratitude for listening. Hugs

Metiege Noel Eve
Feb 08
Feb 08

Congratulations sister sing more and write more so that your hope can keep burning red hot and cresting impact that will change your community in particular and why not the world at large

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear sister, gratitude for caring. Hugs

Tumanjong Miranda
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear sister,
I stand with you. I want to assure you that we are out here to hear you out. We are here to read every beautiful word in the letters you write. We are here to connect with your emotions through your works of Arts. We share in your hope.
:-) XX

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear sister, it is very good to know that you are listening to me. I like to hear your voice. Gratitude. Hugs

Dawn Arteaga
Feb 08
Feb 08

This is beautiful Valerie! One of my favorite quotes is, “hope is not a guarantee for tomorrow but a detonator of energy for action today.” - John Berger. You are a living example of these words. I am standing with you and the people of Brazil in solidarity.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 08
Feb 08

Dear sister, Gratitude. The sun rises every day and we need to let light into our lives to choose paths

lizzymark
Feb 08
Feb 08

I pray your greatest hope is met which is to be heard,on world pulse you are heard your voice is important,your pain is sheared. Its really difficult what women and children have to go through, how a government can forget and overlook the pain of the same people that voted it into power. Never stop speaking, is there anything you are doing inoder to be heard in your community? You could start by getting good water to one or two families by mobilizing other women to join in with you,this could bring some attention and could get you something. Also hoping with you.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 10
Feb 10

Dear sister Lizzymark for 47 years, I worked with , young people, the elderly, families, coordinating projects, making home visits, forming support networks for local development, planning pedagogical activities for daycare centers, nursing homes and always seeking to bring reflections on law, duties, responsibility with the vote ... Thanks to God several people work for a better space and we are part of this network.

At the moment my work is using social networks with poems that address themes with situations experienced in everyday life

The case of water is more complex, it affects rivers and tributaries, at the moment they are putting chemicals to clean the waste and make it drinkable.

We are hoping that the water will be drinkable again.
Gratitude for the affection.

lizzymark
Feb 11
Feb 11

Great work dear,and your heart for the people is wonderful, wish you speed and success.

Kabahenda
Feb 08
Feb 08

My dear Valéria,

You are a highly talented woman. What amazing art and poetry. I am inspired by your spirit of gratitude and it is good that you find healing in your art and poetry.

I would encourage you to be a source of light to other women in your community and wish you all the best.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 10
Feb 10

My dear Kabahenda. Poetry is my cry for survival since I was a girl.

I use the network to talk about issues that bother people and I look in the verses to point out ways.

Gratitude for your generous words.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Feb 10
Feb 10

First of all, I wish to commend your drawing, I think its very beautiful. I love the Hope in your write-up. That is what our different countries need at this point in time especially as we all work towards the actualization of the SDGs.
Keep up your good work and please Follow Back

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 10
Feb 10

My dear Oluwatoýin, Gratitude for the affection. There is a phrase by a Brazilian singer, Renato Russo, who is an arrow for me to act. "You have to love people like there's no tomorrow."

Life wants and needs hugging, caring, security, food, school, housing, respect, now.

ARREY- ECHI
Feb 11
Feb 11

Dear Valeria,
Thank you for sharing your story. In so many ways, there are shared similarities yet noticeable differences too in out various countries of origin. World Pulse indeed gives our voices hope and strength.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 11
Feb 11

Dear sister Arrey , it is very good to be together and share our hopes and actions. Gratitude

Akshaya9
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Valeria,
Thank you for sharing this. I hope your voice will be hear sis so that their will be a change. Hope you doing fine.

Have a nice day dear

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi my dear Askhaya. Gratitude for the welcome. Hugs

Akshaya9
Feb 20
Feb 20

Your welcome dear :-)

ANJ ANA
Feb 12
Feb 12

Dear Valeria,
Thank you for your art and write up, both of them are truly great, loved it.
I can see your hope changing into reality through this global network, where we can learn and share together making our voice more louder and stronger.
I pray for the peace in your country and also in world.
love and regards,
anjana

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 12
Feb 12

Dear Anj Ana, gratitude for your affection.

Before being part of WorldPulse, I saw the world from a distance, silenced myself with their problems, but did not make an analogy with the problems and conflicts of my country.

Today I realize that our true country is the world that the phenomena of nature, economic manipulation or other types of events that happen in any part of the world leave marks on the planet.

We are interconnected, we surpass the world.

We are residents of the planet that is also not alone, we have neighbors in the universe. Human Mazelas affect this whole system of life. It is necessary that each one of us in our small space has a commitment to life, this life to the world and should not be manipulated by any power. Together we are stronger.

ANJ ANA
Feb 12
Feb 12

Dear Valeria,
So great to read you more. Indeed we are interconnected, we surpass the world. I recall my seniors line" what is important to you is important to country and important to world, similarly, what important to world is important to country and to you..... Personal is Political''. So you are absolutely right ''Together we are stronger'' and we are the one, who can do it and its the right time.
In solidarity,
anjana

SADRAG
Feb 17
Feb 17

The write up in itself is that of Hope and optimism. Rightly said - As the voices rise, the Hope strengthens. Kudos for the beautiful expression.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 17
Feb 17

My dear hugs.Thank you.

Fanka
Feb 18
Feb 18

Hello dear sister,
Thanks for sharing your story with us. It is absolutely necessary for each one of us to hope for change.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 18
Feb 18

Yes dear sister Fanka, we must always believe in good changes. hugs.

Regina Afanwi Young
Feb 18
Feb 18

Great write up Valeria. You on a perfect track. Hoping while taking actions to ensure a change of the deteriorating situation in your Country. A great lesson for me we is living in a conflict area where we are almost loosing hope. I have drawn so much inspiration from this write up. World pulse truly empowers

Mercy Vernyuy Munyuy

Hi sis Valeria
This story at some point breaks me into pieces with the thoughts that fellow man faces some form of discrimination because of who they are.thank you for writing sis.i know the pain you must have gone through but in all,there is hope.stay hopefully.