by Jody Dontje- Founder of The Help Nepal Appeal
International Humanitarian, Life Coach and Teacher
My name is Jody Dontje and I am an International Humanitarian, Life Coach, Teacher, Co-Founder of Fundmycharitywork.com and the Founder of a non-for-profit charity called The Help Nepal Appeal. I had the immense pleasure and privilege of attending the 2017 WFWP EU Conference in Portugal. No words can describe the soul-enriching gratitude I feel for having been able to experience such a conference, as I was also sponsored by the WFWP in London due to winning the 2017 Speech Contest about ‘Women’s Issues in Today’s Society’.
It was incredible to meet people from such diverse backgrounds, experiences, cultures and families; to come together as one united movement towards the mission for global peace and harmony. We joined the conference to discuss “The Role of Women Leaders and Mothers to Facilitate Integration and Cohesion in Europe”, but I believe we developed more than just this. We brought together powerful motivation, love, confidence, ideas and connections that can help all people on a global scale.
It is quite difficult to sum up the learning points of growth within this one testimonial, but I shall share 3 main points. From hearing women speak about war crime in Afghanistan and children dying on the streets, to hearing tales of refugees fleeing their country and the ‘inclusion’ of these new members of society, as well as missions to raise a new youth generation of global citizens, I could feel a yearning emotion transcend through the audience. That is the emotion of love, kindness and compassion. One of the most powerful themes that kept reoccurring was the theme of ‘leading from the heart’.
My second learning point of growth was the further deepened sense of Global Citizenship, a new paradigm of thinking and creating change in communities, families and individuals across the globe. This second learning point has fuelled my third growth element, which is now having developed more confidence than I could have hoped for. Though I went through severe racism and bullying growing up, which had once made me immensely ashamed of being a half Dutch half Chinese first generation Australian, I now stand with powerful confidence as a true example of the multicultural global society in which we live. I am proud to now know even more Change Makers of the world who are working together from all walks of life to create a better life for others.
There is a famous song known by many Australians, where the lyrics explain that ‘We are one, but we are many, And from all the lands on earth we come. We'll share a dream and sing with one voice, "I am, you are, we are Australian". To me, this chorus depicts the very essence the WFWP EU Conference when the last words are replaced with ‘we are Global Citizens’.
Now, I end my testimonial sharing the true admiration that I have for the WFWP members, who are nearly all completely volunteering as part of this family of change. I deeply believe that it is through giving oneself to helping others that we truly liberate ourselves from our own negative self-talk, our own limiting beliefs, and our own self-imposed barriers. When we know the why of the reason we are trying to do something that is greater than ourselves, then no matter the barrier, we will persist to create a better world for all.
Be Brave. Be Vulnerable. Be Kind.
Hami aruko lagi bachnuparchha – We should live for others.