A Visit to Mis Corazones Alegres in Medellin

By Hillel Natanson

Isabel Cristina Rengifo with a resident of Mis Corazones Alegres

Isabel Cristina Rengifo with a resident of Mis Corazones Alegres

As I boarded the bus in Armenia, Colombia that was going to take me to Medellin, my imagination played the part of an old-fashioned film projectionist, throwing up all kinds of images about what I might expect to see. I was on my way to visit Mis Corazones Alegres (“My Happy Hearts”), an SDIA-affiliated home for the elderly in the heart of Medellin. For many reasons, I had not had any contact with the family that runs it. I wasn’t worried about this, because Ilaina Ramirez, the chair of SD Colombia, had communicated with them on my behalf, and they were expecting my visit. But it did feel a bit strange, and a bit mysterious. The staff of SDIA also knew little about this particular project, so I really could not help but to actively wonder. Once we were on our way, the images in my mind competed with those that steadily presented themselves through the windows of the bus. Some of these were quite dramatic, especially after we got into Pereira and then continued north on a dizzying series of curved and raised sections of highway, supported on immense concrete stilts, that quickly elevated us above the city and up into the mountains through which we would be driving for another seven hours.

Read more..

Keeping hold of the idea

Interview with Robert Schreiber (RS) by Imke Wolf-Doettinchem (IWD).

The experience of the development of the education centre Gate to the World in Hamburg, Germany could be useful to anyone working in development. How can we keep alive the founding idea of a big project? How can we keep everyone in line? And how should we deal with investors?

Read more..

Emergency help for the Philippines

From Hamida Thomas, on behalf of SDIA

sdia-filipineSDIA has been receiving inquiries asking how to send funds to help those whose lives have been seriously affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. SDIA does not have members active in the Philippines, so we will be sending any member donations received through to the Red Cross which has a strong field presence in the country. On behalf of SDIA and WSA (World Subud Association), we will be advancing $5000 from our Emergency Relief fund that will be matched by the Canadian Government to become $10,000 for food, water, shelter and basic assistance to the survivors.

Read more..

Venezuela gathering: a clear feeling of possibility and joy

Venezuela Gathering 1From September 20th to 23rd, SDIA members and Board attended the Zone 8 meeting at the Quebrada de la Virgen retreat centre in Venezuela. The collaborative way of working between the Subud delegates and the wings (Susila Dharma and SICA) made this a special gathering.

Read more..

No-one left behind

SDIA participation at the UN in September, by Suzanna Dayne

SDIA was among a number of nonprofits invited by the United Nations to attend a series of consultative meetings in New York in September during the week of the UN’s 68th General Assembly.

The theme for the General Assembly was: “The Post 2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!”  SDIA has been active in UN meetings since gaining consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  Many of SDIA’s development projects on five continents focus on the UN’s eight point program known as the MDGs, Millennium Development Goals.

Read more..

Helping the global effort

SDIA representation at United Nations events on the Millennium Development Goals, by Sofan “Ethan” Harris

“Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen, please take your seats we are ready to convene.”

After studying International Relations in London 2005, I moved to South America to Learn Spanish, teach English and gain international experience. While living in Buenos Aires Argentina and Santiago Chile, I was elected Chairperson of Susila Dharma Argentina and Chile. My prior experience with SDIA made me a good candidate to represent the organization at the United Nations Events at the end of September in New York City.

Read more..

Why Children Matter: Protecting & Supporting Children on the Move

Report on United Nations meeting: Why Children Matter: Protecting & Supporting Children on the Move, by Uraidah Hassani

Hosted by the Permanent Missions of Italy, Mexico and the Philippines to the United Nations, the Inter-Agency Group on Children on the Move, and Save the Children.

On October 10, 2013, I attended the high-level dialogue entitled, Why Children Matter, on children, international migration and international development. The panel focused on considering the interest of the child in the migration debate, which would strengthen the linkage between development and migration. There are currently 33 million children under the age of 11 years old who are migrants. Our principal concern when considering migration should be the protection of the child.

Read more..

A life-changing experience! Human Force in Puebla

Happy Human ForcersIf you are making your plans for the congress in 2014, stop right there – and consider coming a little early. You won’t regret it!

After four successful volunteer camps between 2009 and 2012, Human Force will run its fifth camp in conjunction with SDIA member A Child’s Garden of Peace during the last week of July, before congress begins. There, the Force will help create a garden at a pre-school for disadvantaged children in Puebla so that they have a space where they can connect with the natural world.

Read more..

Moved from within: SDIA Networking Conference in Indonesia

By Hesther and Raphael Bate

Within Subud, the Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA) is popularly known as ‘the charitable arm of Subud’, which it is. But it is so much more: it is also a channel for some of us who are ‘moved from within to take action in the world’.

Many of us take that movement from our latihan into the wider world through our work, our interactions with others and by volunteering our energy and money with registered charities. Many countries within the worldwide community of Subud have their own SD National organisation, which usually works with projects in other parts of the globe, occasionally in partnership with government departments for overseas development. SDIA is the central body, with UN consultative status and taking the UN Millennium Development Goals as one of its approaches.

Read more..

Melodies out of the Angklung

Musings on the Susila Dharma Conference at Cipanas, Indonesia, 2013 by Gopinath K. Parakuni, Ashoka Centre, India

Children at YUM with angklung

Children at YUM with angklung

That evening at the community centre of Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM), little girls with cleverly plaited hair and little boys in crisp batik shirts stood in rows with their Angklung and played us a melody or two. The audience, representatives of Susila Dharma from various countries and continents were amazed at the cooperation and coordination among children so young, for the Angklung cannot be played by a single player, but the distinct note played by each player on his or her instrument confluence into the melody through exactly-timed rendering.

Read more..

1 9 10 11