TELL YOUR STORY
“Through stories we share passions, sadness, hardships and joys. We share meaning and purpose. Stories are the common ground that allows people to communicate, overcoming our defences and our differences. Stories allow us to understand ourselves better and to find our commonality with others.” – Pamela Rutledge
Since the beginning of time, stories have connected us. Modern day psychology has proven the power of stories to bring healing from traumatic stress. Tell Your Story is about creating opportunities to not only build bridges and restore cohesion amongst communities, but also to open the doors for emotional healing in a society that has suffered so much brokenness. We are excited about the immense possibilities of this programme that includes initiatives such as:
Gatherings for storytelling by residents within neighbourhoods
Story boxes at community centres
Story boxes at school where children can, amongst others, report bullying, abuse and violence or share needs that they may not be comfortable sharing via another medium
Identifying possible publishing opportunities
Identifying local talent and connecting individuals with mentoring and training opportunities
Storytelling through photography and filmmaking
Therapeutic storytelling through journaling, poetry and music
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